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11  Re: Baby Blanket in Weaving: Completed Projects by subloke on: April 12, 2008 12:30:42 PM
Thanks for the nice comments everyone.  I was pleasantly surprised that the seam isn't as noticeable as I thought it might be.  However, up close:

There are a few spots that are far more noticeable due to tension issues, but overall it looks like the above. 

I hung it against a window to show the seam:

I did wash the blanket as soon as it was completed and this seemed to ease out a lot of the "HEY here's the seam!" look. 
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12  Towel Rug in Weaving: Completed Projects by subloke on: April 12, 2008 10:51:50 AM
(couldn't come up with a more clever name... Smiley )

I had this idea percolating for a couple of days.  So, $8 in cheap-o towels and an evening later:

It turned out a bit bigger than I had intended (36" x 27" including the side fringe) but I'm really happy with it.

My favorite part of it is how the strips formed rounded bumps on their own when I beat the weft (terminology?).

My homemade loom is holding up well, but I am beginning to recognize the limitations, most notably the awkward method of winding the weaving as I go.  Must. Buy. "Real".  Loom... 
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13  Re: Fiber Friday 4/11/2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by subloke on: April 11, 2008 06:47:35 AM
We still keep getting snow here in Calgary and Spring feels a ways off yet so the March FOTM from Spunky Eclectic was perfect.

4oz Merino in Mud Season; spun as a single; about 330 yards. 

This may be all the green and sky blue I see for a while yet!! 
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14  Baby Blanket in Weaving: Completed Projects by subloke on: April 09, 2008 06:06:49 PM

I picked up a real heddle (8-dent) on Saturday and promptly began this blanket for my cousin's new baby.  It's about 40" square (a little less on one side...  oops).  I wove it in 2 pieces and joined in the middle with kitchener stitch. 

I did a quilt-type binding around the edges for stability and durability.  It's far from perfect but I am so pleased with how it turned out. 
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15  Merino Handspun Shawl in Weaving: Completed Projects by subloke on: April 03, 2008 07:54:30 AM

I used some of the first 2 yarns I ever spun on my wheel to make this, which seemed appropriate for my first finished weaving project. 

It is far from perfect (or even "right") but as I always tell people who are stressing about getting their knit stitches perfect:  If you're producing a knit (or in this case woven) fabric and you're happy with it then it's right. 

It's too loose in some areas and too dense in others.  The selvedges are a mess. 

I love it. 

The popsicle stick rigid heddle I built myself held the warp yarns too far apart, which resulted in an uneven fabric (I think).  I've got an idea for a better homemade heddle, I'll give it a go on the weekend.  I also plan to make a trek out to the one store in the area that sells weaving equipment (that I know of.  Calgary weavers?  Any others?) and see if I can pick up a real rigid heddle.
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16  First Weaving Attempt & Homemade Loom in Weaving: Completed Projects by subloke on: March 29, 2008 01:34:03 PM
Never underestimate the insanity determination of a completely somewhat obsessive craftster...

Warp is crochet cotton and weft is some Ingeo I dyed and spun (not Ingeo roving, but Ingeo stuffing from Walmart....Cheesy )

I've been so inspired/obsessed with many of the beautiful weaving projects I've been seeing and have been looking at loom prices.  Then I think to myself "You don't really need to weave" as I can't justify another large-ish craft equipment purchase (right now)(haha). 

A couple of days ago, this idea came to me fully formed while at work.  Then I had to wait (agonizing!) until I could get to Rona (CDN handyman store). 

Ta Da!

10' of 1" PVC pipe, 8 elbows, 2 T's and $22.59 later...  (and a lot of figuring things out as I went...)

Considering I have never seen a loom in person, it works pretty well!  I need to make (or purchase) a better heddle, as the one I made is not rigid enough and has a couple of spots where the warp catches. 
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17  Fabric Storage boxes in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by subloke on: March 15, 2008 04:12:46 PM

I've been attempting to gain some control over my yarn stash, and use up some of my fabric stash, so I've been experimenting with different methods of constructing fabric boxes. 

These are addicting and very satisfying projects.  I will definitely be making more... 
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18  Felted Stone Rug in Felting: Completed Projects by subloke on: March 15, 2008 04:04:33 PM

I got this idea from a post on Craftblog at the beginning of March.  They featured a rug made with felted "stones". 

I started making balls out of my stash of leftover wool.  (You know that stash of wool you can't bear to part with but don't have enough to actually knit/crochet a whole project?).  I used a combination of hand and machine felting, and sewed the stones together by hand with a nylon twine. 

It's sturdy, cushy and feels so good under my feet.  Pity it's a gift for my friend...  I may just have to make another.

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19  Re: Fiber Friday 3/14/2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by subloke on: March 14, 2008 06:49:29 AM
My contribution this week:

The colors are not "me" at all, but it was fun to see how they all spun up.  100g of 2 different Fleece Artist colorways (50g each). 
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20  Gathered Pullover in Knitting: Completed Projects by subloke on: February 18, 2008 12:24:54 PM

Pattern: Gathered Pullover by Hana Jason from Interweave Knits Winter 2007
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool in Royal Purple (Color 212); almost exactly 5 skeins.
Mods: added length to body and sleeves.

Very comfy without being sloppy.  I'm looking forward to getting lots of use out of this sweater. 
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