Sunday, March 6, 2016


Been far too neglecting of this blog lately.  I think it's because I don't think anybody reads it, but, what the heck.
Mostly knitting lately, thanks to the wrist still being on the road to recovery.  It's slow.
More on the weaving when I can catch a shuttle again!!!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Good read

This is a good "read" and a lot of it applies to weaving.  I especially liked the comment about it not actually being cheaper to knit your own, since I disagree, in part.  Making your own, well, yes, good yarn is not cheap, HOWEVER, you do end up with something unique, beautiful, fits you, and will last a heckuva lot longer.  I am still wearing clothing I knitted or sewed for myself as long as 40 years ago...seriously, I am..I have some lovely Liberty of London items I made just that long ago...I've kept them safe from too much exposure to light and they still look lovely.  I used patterns that don't really go in and out of style.  Be careful with light and moths..and aware that storing fabrics in cardboard or in wooden drawers that are not sealed, you risk acid damage.  (ever see a bride who wants to wear the family gown hauling out grandma's wedding dress from the cardboard box where her mom put it after HER wedding and finding big yellow spots all over it? It's not pretty!  Thankfully, there are conservators who can save the day, but, spend some money on acid-free storage and you won't have THAT huge bill!!)
copied and pasted:

10 Common Knitting Myths Exposed

Knitters can be a superstitious bunch – from the sweater curse to old wives’ tales about supposed knitting hacks, there’s a lot of misinformation hanging around. Check out these 10 knitting myths, exposed!

1. You must wind every ball of yarn

It’s true that yarns that come in a hank need to be rewound to avoid a big messy tangle of yarn. But these days, many yarn suppliers wind the yarn in a way that can be used as-is, no winding necessary. That said, many knitters insist on having a center pull ball of yarn, and that’s okay too!

2. The words ”wool” and ”yarn” are interchangeable

This quirk might come from older knitters, who started knitting long before bamboo blends and mercerized cotton were on the scene. For them, wool was yarn, and yarn was wool. Today we have access to a huge variety of yarn fibers, from camel to linen and more. You can’t ask for ”wool” if what you really want is a mohair and cashmere blend.

3. Never knot your yarn

This myth is destined to receive some pushback. Knitting purists have long declared that knotting your yarn to join a new ball is an unforgiveable sin, but some knitters are crying foul on this long-asserted myth. Some slippery yarns are prone to unweaving their ends and causing holes in garments that are hard-wearing, like clothes for kids and blankets. A knot is most likely to show up if you’re knitting stocking stitch, but it’s easy to hide in a seam if you join at the end of a row. It’s also less noticeable when knitting with a textured stitch like garter or moss, and can hide a small not without much of a problem. If you still hate knots, there are other ways to join yarn!

4. Knitting is cheaper than buying clothes: ”You must save so much money!”

Maybe in ye olden days, when you could shear your own sheep for wool and the closest clothing store was 3 days away, travelling by covered wagon. These days, it’s easy to find cheap, mass-produced garments, blankets, and accessories. Even using the most economical yarn, you’ll still spend more than you would at your local big box store. We don’t knit to save money – we knit because we like to customize, we love to give our creations away to deserving people, and it’s therapeutic.

5.  The sweater curse

I know that some knitters swear by the validity of the sweater curse, but I’m here to tell you that just as many knitters remain unaffected by this supposed curse. (For the uninitiated: the ”sweater curse” is when you knit a sweater for someone before you’re married, and then the relationship falls apart.) A good rule of thumb is to only knit a sweater for someone who would really appreciate it – and if they don’t appreciate it, they aren’t worth your time (or your yarn!) anyway.

6. Selling your creations is easy

Anyone who’s ever started a business will tell you that selling anything anywhere is a lot of work, and that it’s not for the faint-hearted. Even with the advent of websites like Etsy and StoreEnvy which make it easier to have an online storefront, there’s the issue of pricing competitively while making sure you’re making enough money to justify the sale. You also have to contend with taxes, shipping, returns, customer service, inventory, photography, and the fact that most people think a hand-knitted, cabled hat should cost about $5.

7. Use bigger needles for a stretchier cast on

I don’t know where this originated, but it doesn’t work the way you want it to. All it does is make a really messy first row, and create wider stitches that still don’t have much stretch. If you want stretch, try a provisional cast on or the backwards loop method.

8. You’re either a sweater knitter, a blanket knitter, or a sock knitter

I have never in my life met a knitter who only knits one kind of  project – and I’ve met a lot of knitters. I’m not sure how this ever entered the knitting zeitgeist, but it is 100% incorrect. Most knitters can’t even finish one project before they start another, and some people think that they would knit the same thing forever? Preposterous!

9. You can’t knit and crochet

There’s a growing contingent of crafters who consider themselves ”bi-stitchual” – meaning that they knit and crochet in equal measure. There are many projects that include both knitting and crochet techniques, and wouldn’t you want to be able to consider those gorgeous patterns? This myth reminds me of my 6th grade math teacher who told me that people are either good at algebra or geometry, neverboth – it’s silly and not accurate.

10. Blocking fixes everything

Blocking your projects can make a huge difference, especially if you are knitting lace – but it certainly isn’t a cure-all for mistakes or tension problems! Early in my knitting adventure, I believed this fib about blocking. I suspected that a vest was too short for my 5’10” frame, but a more experienced knitter assured me that it would be fine. Lo and behold, after blocking, it was still 7 inches too short. Oops. Blocking also doesn’t fix dropped stitches, incorrect cable and lace patterns, or wrong sizing caused by tension problems.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

More comic relief

Nicked this off a Facebook posting.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

some comic relief

Miss Daisy Dawg is accustomed to getting most anything she wants, but, if it has onions in it...well:

Getting Warped again and a rant

Gotta set up two warps this week: one on the tapestry loom and then one for the taqueté angels.
THAT and Xmas list gifties...notice: you're all getting knitted goodies and/or homemade jams or cordials this year.  Aside from my budget getting tighter, I am "resigning' from the "shopping op" aspect of it all.  Besides, handmade says you're loved.
Yeah, been off the blog for a bit, mostly just getting domestic stuff done.  With Fall fruits and vegs abundant and at good prices, I've been freezing and drying like a madwoman.  
In the meantime, back to the rants about self-sufficiency!  I can be very self-righteous about this, since I have learned to make my own SPAM!  (well, some of us LIKE the stuff)  Pretty easy, too, but, you will need a meat grinder.  I've been collecting recipes for "make it, don't buy it" items.  Which, of course, brings me back to the rant.  
If you can cook, sew and knit, (or crochet) you will save yourself enourmous amounts of cash as well as have healthier food, better clothes etc. Seriously, on the 'better clothes." I am still wearing some things I made 3 decades ago.  I try to stick to classic patterns that never really to out of style.  The great Edith Head once said that, you cannot be really stylish unless you either have your own dressmaker or sew for yourself. NOTE: she did not say "in fashion" she said "stylish" and therein lies a HUGE gap.  If you have "style" you can wear just about anything from any era and get away with it. 
 Of course, there is the added bonus of: "What a lovely blouse!"  "Thank you, I made it myself."  In my case, I get to add "and I wove the fabric for it."
Anyway, just my bit of earth-motherly advise, totally unsolicited, of course.
Well, that's about it for the moment.
Stay tuned for some more actual FIBRE topics!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Faisant l'expérience

Je vais essayer quelquechose!  J'ai envie d'offrir mon blog en français aussi bien qu'en anglais.  ON VERRA!
SVP, mes amis francophones, je vous accueillerais vos corrections, des suggestions et le retour d'information.

Monday, July 27, 2015

feeling drafts again

OK, here's the scoop.  I have decided to learn French techno-babble for weaaving.  I was poking around the "net when THIS popped up
on a blog by a weaver in Lorraine, Fr (Joan of Arc's hometown)  I went to her page right away..firstly, she very properly gave the correct attribution, second, or maybe first, after all, I was totally gob-smacked that somebody was weaving up one of my designs! (this appeared in "Weavezine" as a bit of holiday whimsy.."Humbug"..get it??? there is also a sheep saying "baa").  
Flash forward and the friendly embers have ignited and a lot of email about weaving and looms etc has been exchanged including some drafts.  My written French is getting the rust out of it.  (I learned in what I call "the University of the Street" so my spoken French is fluid, but, writing it is a challenge since I feel insecure...I do make myself understood, tho, apparently.
ANYWAY, have downloaded some vocab lists (getting back to the reason I was poking around to start with) and have ordered a couple of "How to Weave" books in French.
BTW, this delightful Sandrine, my French connection,  blogs and has a forum here  She does astounding work!
SO, I am looking thru my clip art and "inspirtation" collections to start plotting out some new taqueté work.  Also looking at some lovely crepe weaves.

Ceci a apparu sur un blog par un tisserand dans la Lorraine, le Fr (la ville natale de Jeanne d'Arc) j'ai constaté que c'a été l'accident! Je suis allé à sa page tout de suite .. premièrement, elle très a correctement donné l'attribution, deuxièmement, ou peut-être d'abord, après tout, j'étais totalement flattée que quelqu'un réalisait un de mes designs! (Ceci a apparu dans "Weavezine" comme un peu de caprice pour la saison de Noel. ( Le petit bête -"bug" en anglais, dis "Humbug!"  Il y a aussi un mouton disant "baa", et voilà Monsieur Scrooge, de Dickens, qui aimait dire "BAH, HUMBUG!)
Le flash en avant et les braises amicales s'est enflammé et beaucoup de courrier électronique au sujets-tissage et des métiers à tisser etc a été échangé incluant quelques projets et brefs. Mon français écrit en obtient la rouille. (J'ai appris dans ce que j'appelle "l'Université de la Rue" donc mon français parlé est le liquide, mais, l'écrivant est un défi puisque je sens un peu non-confidante. Mais je me fais vraiment comprendre, il semble.
De TOUTE FAÇON, ont téléchargé quelques listes de vocab (le retour à la raison que je poussais autour pour commencer par) et ai commandée deux ou trois "Comment Tisser" des livres en français.
En fait,  mon connexion français, blog et ecrit un forum ici http: // Elle fait le travail étonnant!
AINSI, je regarde à travers mon clipart et des collections(ramassages) "inspirtation" pour commencer à comploter d'un peu de nouveau travail de taqueté. Aussi une certaine charmante armure "crêpe".
En avant!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


GAWD, I am beginning to hate "google"

Now that that is off my chest, I want to say a few words about "iWeaveit' mostly because the subject has popped up on Facebook and a couple of other places lately.
This is a very nifty little app and I love it...and, no, I am not selling it or getting any "considerations," I just think it's a nifty little app!  Canyon Art does a lot of other very nifty software for weaving as well as the "iWeaveit" app.
If you look at the video here:
you might see, sticking out from under the loom, a sheet of paper with columns of numbers.  This is how I was keeping up. 

ah...found the vid dl: 
Everybody knows by now that I do a lot of taqueté weaving and, if you've ever done multi-colour designs in this structure, you know that keeping up with the sequence of picks is crucial.  Now, the app does a lot of other tasks for you, but this is the one I love:  I had been printing out my drafts as text documents, meaning that everything came neatly out as rows and columns of numbers for the shafts and picks.  I would stick these sheets (some designs took three or more) to foam core and move a t-pin after each shot.  "iWeaveit" keeps up with this for, I can go away to see if the dogs are trying to rip each other...or my pieces and come back and know exactly where I was.
Screen shots here:

Je veux offrir ici quelques mots "d'iWeaveit ' surtout parce que le sujet a surgi sur Facebook et deux ou trois autres endroits(places) récemment.
Http: //
Ceci est un petit app(application) très habile(rapide) et je l'aime ... et, non, je ne le vends pas ou n'obtiens pas "de considérations", je pense juste que c'est un petit app(application) habile(rapide)! L'art de Canyon fait beaucoup d'autre logiciel très habile(rapide) pour le tissage(l'entrelacement) aussi bien que l'app(application) "iWeaveit".
Si vous regardez la vidéo ici : 
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Vous pourriez voir, en dessous de le métier à tisser, une feuille de papier(journal) avec les colonnes de numéros. C'est ainsi que je vois chague rame.
Tout le monde sait à ce jour que je fais beaucoup de tissage de taqueté et, si vous avez jamais fait des designs( multicolores dans cette structure, vous savez que le maintenant au niveau de l'ordre de pioches(choix) est crucial. Maintenant, l'app(application) fait beaucoup d'autres tâches pour vous, mais ceci est celui que j'aime : j'avais imprimé mes brefs comme des documents de texte, signifiant que tout est venu soigneusement de comme des rangées et les colonnes de numéros pour les puits et les pioches.  L' iWeaveIt, c'est beaucoup plus convenable!  Ici se trouvent des "screen shots"

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A word of caution

Feeling a draft?

Well, back to drafting.  Looking to do some taqueté work on my "Little Weaver."  I am exploring some Celtic symbols, esp those connected with healing.  Will work them up on the same threading as the "angels" so as to get max use out of the warp.

I esp want to see this little gal growing on my warp

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Ripping Yarns...again.

Well, ripped the whole thing out and started again with cast-on.  I had really misread the instructions and it was a MESS, but, now the whole thing is going well and am excited about th eventual outcome.  I also realised that, having used the "x-large" instructions, the thing would have been more appropriate for a baby elephant, so, this works on several levels.
Back to weaving at some point, but, I am getting a tad "OCD" about this project.
Craftspersons will understand. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The art of getting ripped....

Well, not drinking your way there.  I am learning to knit lace.  OK..picked out a fairly simple pattern, some GORGEOUS Noro yarn (on sale, mes amis, ON SALE!).  TWO big discoveries: this weight yarn really goes a LONG way and I think I have more than I actually need.  I might get 2 jumpers out of this deal and, well, lace knitting (at least when you're new at it) is kind of tricky.  I keep ending up with four perfect lace sections and a couple that are a MESS!
SOOOO, learning to rip out like a master...on my fourth "rip"
Here's the deal: both me grandmothers were REALLY good at knitting, crochet etc.  I have their pictures on my mantlepiece and so they are staring me down during this whole process.  I feel like if I let it go and don't FIX it, they would NOT be happy with me.
OK, Grandmas, I'm on it!!!!!!!
Wonder if finishing it will make me skinny and having long, curly, blonde locks?  (Hey, I can dream!)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Amazing new AVL Jacquard

My mouth is watering, but, even could I afford this wonderful gadget, where the HELL would I put it???  Also would have to reinforce the floor.  Oh well.  Lottery tickets, anybody?

"We've just finished building our second Technical Education Loom (TEL) and are proud to say there's no other loom like it in the world. At 8.5' tall and weighing close to 900 lbs., this custom Jacquard loom does 3D weaving (up to 1/2" thick) and will be used to train workers in the aerospace industry who make parts for jet engines in planes. Its custom features include:
  • Rapier system designed specifically to work with technical fibers (fiberglass and Kevlar)
  • 1200 hooks with 8" weaving space (150 EPI)
  • Push-button shed (no treadles, no foot pedal)
  • Digital automatic warp advance 
  • Digital control panel
  • CE mark for sale in EU countries
Who wants one?"

Friday, January 23, 2015

Great Blog

Another shout-out from the "knitting slump"
This is a terrific blog with lots of free and for-sale patterns and several pages of technical resources

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


I made this fabric several years ago and sewed up a nice blouse with it.  I am planning to duplicate it as closely as possible for a new blouse.  ALL in my all-time favorite, "Rosie the Riveter" pattern from Folkways!

Some taqueté plans

Also revisiting to dig out the drafts and get to proofing them again!

The above appeared in "Handwoven" a couple of years ago.

Back to the project

Stoles I've been "planning' for ages, but, have promised myself that this will be the first thing to go on the "Little Weaver"
Hoping to donate these to use at the Eucharist on the Jonathan Daniels annual memorial, in memory of all the Civil Rights martyrs.  

Well, surprises abound!

I mentioned in a previous post that I shared my Brooklyn flat with a budding costume/hair tech,  Peggy Schierholz.  After five years of sharing that huge, rent-stabilized old flat, we both moved on and lost touch.
Well, I'll be darned if I didn't run across a piece about "The Americans" and found out that the genius behind all the wigs they use on the show is none other than my old flatmate!  Well, I knew she had talent!  Also glad she's found a steady job...LOL.  Seriously, not to "name-drop" or anything, I'm just pleased as punch that she has done so well!  
Just some background on me and the the-ay-ter:  I started life thinking that the only thing I could do well was sing and dance and act and concentrated lots of time, money (well, more like poverty) on studying for all that and LOVING "theatre." (I was this little local "star" back in Fort Lauderdale during HS.  If my picture wasn't in the paper at least once a month, I got nervous. LOL)  Then I got to NYC and started in with "show business" and realized that a) I really wasn't cut out for THAT and b) I hated the whole milieu.
Glad I found this out fast enough that I was still sufficiently YOUNG to "change horses in midstream," and the Fashion Institute was there for me, with majors in textiles.   Still, I met some very neat folks, most of whom I have had to "leave behind" since we no longer travel in the same circles, and Peg is one of them.  Well, so it goes, but, as said, VERY pleased for her.
BTW, as to being apt for "show business:"  I recommend to the up-and-coming generation that you find this out FIRST before you spend all your time and money on various lessons.
A HS friend's dad was a portrait artist.  They had plenty of room, so we used his studio for rehearsals.  He had worked for the Hollywood studios in his youth (he was a lot older than most of our parents) so we once asked him about performing vs visual arts.  I have since adopted what he said as a sort of mantra: "Well, kids, acting is all very well, but, when it's over, it's over, and you have nothing to get you food and a roof, but, if you paint, you can always trade a picture for a hot-dog."
Or a picture of a hot dog.

Stitch markers on-the-cheap

If you do patterns in knitting, esp lace, I find it kind of "eats up" stitch markers. While you can use anything from a piece of contrasting yarn to a safety pin, it's still fun to have some cute, amusing little stitch markers to use. They can be kind of pricey, esp if you need, as I did recently, about 25 of them. SOOO, I checked into "jewelry findings" I picked up a bag of 50 cheap little "charms" (about $4 on amazon) and a bag of 100 "jump rings" from a jewelry-findings supply place at about $1.99 and made my own! Easy-peezy!


Finally getting back to the stoles I am planning to make for the Jonathan Daniels observance.  I have settled on "Blessed are they who hunger after justice, for they shall be filled."  In the drafting stage, this is coming in at a length of 111 inches, but I will know more once I get the silk samples woven.   I am thinking of doing one each in French, English and Spanish.  The only problem is the French, which presents having to do an "x" in this alphabet I am using ("heureux") and it's a b*****. Or, a "vache" since this is French.   And I am "vachement embetée" by this whole thing.  The "x" is so stylized that it inspires a "huh?" moment.  or perhaps a "quoi, donc?"  moment.  or the classic "WTH?" moment.   Hélas.
back to it!!