And Another Thing

Now that my collapse weave scarf is done, I’ve got leftover 3 feet of sheep wool to finish spinning. I’ve just got this wool top in blocks of gorgeous color. But, after the collapse weave scarf, I am sick of blocks of color. So, I’ve been spinning it by holding two colors together and attempting to draw from both tops at once.


Showing currently is red and magenta, red and yellow, and yellow and orange.

I am going to keep working at this one and then chain ply it. But, there’s still a lot of wool! And, I am not so inspired about it, so it’s hard to stay motivated.

Made Me Look.

I had to go back and look to figure out what the last thing I posted was. It’s been awhile!

First off, I should tell you that I finished Bug’s socks, which were to be my August pair of socks. But somehow I keep forgetting to have her put them on and get a photograph. Totally my fault! In part, I just don’t think they are all that interesting, and the color is gross. Hah! So, taking photos just isn’t high on my list of fun stuff to do.

But, of course I needed a September pair of socks. It’s taken me awhile to get to it, but at some point I saw this blog post about roositud knitting. It seems so rare now to find a technique I haven’t tried when it comes to knitting. So when I saw this and realized it had nothing at all to do with embroidery, I had to try it! I mean, how could I resist? This is the most excited I’ve been about knitting in ages.


And really, how on earth could that be any more charming?!

I was away this weekend on a bike camping trip. It was great fun, but I didn’t bother with pictures. There were about 50 of us in all and it was perfect weather.


Tried to get a photo of the old train derailment at the side of the creek, but didn’t get the angle or lighting quite right. It’s appeared on this blog before though, it’s always a favorite stop for me.

While I was away, Miss Bug did a glow color 5K, I am proud of her and it looks like she had a great time! I received this picture while I was camping:


I guess that’s a wrap for now! Hope everyone has had a great weekend, I can’t believe it got by me with no posts whatsoever!

The Grand Reveal

Well, it may have caused me all sorts of issues, but the scarf turned out great!

I plunged it into it’s hot water bath, and it absolutely did what I wanted it to, it pulled in due to the energized singles.

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I did have to redo all the fringe after the hot water bath. Once all the energy showed up in the singles, it took all the twist back out of my fringe. That was interesting!

This was a great project, it kept me interested and I am glad I managed to make it happen. However, I sincerely doubt I’ll do another one. It was just…..tough. Maybe I’ll change my mind once I get better at weaving, but as of right now, I don’t see me trying this again.

But it was fun! And I am pleased with the result!

Weaving Update

Last evening I sat at my loom until my project was done. I couldn’t resist this charming picture of yarn on the loom.


Just layer upon layer of gorgeous color!

I have learned a lot from this project thus far. In addition to the lessons I learned about sizing the warp with gelatin sizing, I also learned that if spacers are being used, you really must have all the spacers for the project. I kept reusing the original spacer, and this made the weft threads move when I was winding the loom. I had 3 warp threads break, but honestly that didn’t seem too bad considering that I was using very thin singles. And I managed those.

But, overall, my frustration toward the end of this project was high. Mr. Ink came into my loom room at one point, and I said “You know what my problem is? My problem is that I am not willing to put in the time doing the simple projects and learning all I can about them before I attempt the complicated projects.”

Mr Ink said “You know what? I bet no matter your frustration, people will love the final piece. And, I bet it will also turn out as you wish it to.”

Then he left to play pool with his friend, and I sat in my loom room weaving and cursing.

I finished. And pulled it off the loom.


Here’s what came off the loom before it’s bath. The weft threads were not sized, so those pull in, but the warp threads still have their sizing, so they are stiff and straw like.

I did put it in the bath, and here’s a spoiler alert. It looks great! I now need some decent weather so I can get photographs. But, autumn is coming in like a lion, with massive storms and high winds. And it’s dark. It’s been dark. No photographs yet!

Weave Update

I learned a few lessons with my gelatin sizing project.

#1. Be sure to get as much excess sizing off the warp as possible, as excess sizing makes a nasty sticky mess, and is hard on the singles.

#2. Save a portion of the sizing for later use, only toss after weaving is complete.

This should help you deduce what happened, but I’ll tell you anyhow. I had a nasty sticky section, and when I tried to pull it apart, I ended up breaking two of the warp threads. So, I quickly put two more on my warping board, but then didn’t have any gelatin sizing left since Miss Bug had used it all to play with. I quickly looked up other options, and noticed that some people use cheap hairspray. So, I decided that was a quick and easy option worth a try.

I spent part of last evening and part of today on warping the loom. I recently made some changes in my loom room, one of the changes being removing an area rug that kept getting in my way. I now have only the hardwood floor in there, and since all the furniture is on floor protectors, it’s easy to move it around. This means I can get to the back of my loom as simply as I can get to the front of it.


I just move the table around, and slip my chair back there and I am all set. I love that!

I just finished tying one end of the warp to the loom. I now need to do the same with the front, but I figured I’d take a quick break. It’s looking pretty good at the moment!

I also prepared some of the weft singles, getting them onto bobbins and ready to go. Once the warping is complete, it should all go quite quickly!


Another update from the weekend, Mr. Ink decided to start customizing my motorbike. He got a seat cover for it, and then created a custom triumph logo piece for it. I think it looks great!


We took a ride after he put it on the bike, and he’s decided it makes the bike go faster. 🙂 Also, he’d like me to note that this is only the beginning of the customizing of this bike. So you’ll probably see more. But, since I tend to love riding his bike more than my own, I told him he wasn’t allowed to customize this one any more until he makes the clutch easier to pull on his bike. Funny how quick that worked, he’s out in his garage right now with his bike torn apart. I hope it works!

A wonderful and relaxing weekend for us all, and so entirely needed. We got tons of housework done, additional organizing and finding spots for things that need spots done, a nice dirt ride on our bicycles, it really couldn’t have been more pleasant. I could use another day or two of this!

I bet you feel exactly the same.


It’s a quiet weekend with no obligations!  I couldn’t be happier about that. I took this as an opportunity to do the next step in my collapse weave scarf.

The morning dawned sunny and cool. I had mixed up some gelatin last evening to use as sizing on my warp, and just let it set overnight.


Then, I used two chairs and some rods to stretch out my warp.


I think that’s just as pretty as can be! Then Miss Bug and I set to work squishing the gelatin into the warp, attempting to coat each strand. It was very sloppy, and Miss Bug loved it, but worried there wouldn’t be enough gelatin to play in after we were done.


There was, you can see her playing in the grass. I hope this works!

Have a great weekend everyone, I plan to spend mine cleaning and relaxing!

Embarking on a Journey

I’ve long wanted to create a collapse weave scarf out of handspun. I even spun for it awhile back, but didn’t get much further than that.

With my latest wall hanging off the loom, and no specific project on my wheel, I decided it’s time to work on that collapse weave. I took all the singles I’d spun and ran them through the wheel again to add more twist.

Then, I wound the yarn on my warping board.


I ended up running out of singles of the colors I had started with, and then decided just to add more color. There’s no real reason not to! I am using a frabjous fibers 3 feet of sheep kit after all, I’ve got more than enough color to work with!

This morning I took the singles I spun for the weft, which are slightly thicker than those for the warp, and began adding more twist to them. I am almost done, and positive I’ll finish tonight after work.

This weekend I’ll have to find a way to make some sizing and put that on the warp yarn. I figured I’d wait unto the weekend so that I can do this outdoors, saving a mess inside.

Stay tuned, I am pretty excited about this project and plan to update you regularly!

A New Hobby

Sometime last week I told Mr. Ink that I needed a new hobby. Not that I cannot knit and spin anymore, but because they don’t draw me in the way they used to. I don’t really get lost in a project, and anticipate getting home to work on it, and not want to do anything else. It’s just…different. A bit of a shift. It happened awhile ago, but the apathy persists.

When we were looking at houses, I never noticed that the trim around the garage door was peeling badly and in need of a new paint job. I had the blinders of house love on, and didn’t notice until we moved in. But, as soon as I started putting my car in the garage, I realized that it was in bad shape and it was going to annoy me daily.

We moved in April. It has taken me this many months to finally find time to work on that project. On Friday we had a date night, so we headed out for margaritas before hitting up the hardware store where I got everything I thought I needed for the project. Including paint computer matched from a paint chip I brought in. Date night looks a lot different when you own a home.


And then Saturday morning, bright and early, I got started. I scraped and scraped and scraped. I pulled old caulk out of the edges and scraped some more. Then I sanded. And I realized that the gaps that I was uncovering with the caulk needed to be filled. I also learned that every single project has layers, and when you peel away a layer you find something new that needs to be done. I sent Mr. Ink back to the hardware store for spray foam to fill in the gaps. Saturday evening I got that done, so Sunday morning I was able to cut away the excess, sand, and caulk. Then back to scraping and sanding. I was struggling a bit because I’d scrape everything I could, then sand and realize large paint pieces were still falling. So I would scrape again. It was an ugly cycle and I got really tired of it.

Once I felt I was done as I could be, I taped in prep for painting. But, the caulk needed a full 24 hours to dry before I could paint over it.


This was Sunday evening. I went to bed with a stiff neck, and arms that would shake when I tried to lift them over my head.

Monday after work I was back at it. And unfortunately, I spent even more time scraping. I thought I was done, but I was not. Then I got the first coat of paint on it. The paint is a primer + paint so I didn’t need a separate priming coat. I had spent another 3 hours working on it after work and I was beat! So naturally I helped Miss Bug out with her bedroom cleaning project. (A mother’s work just isn’t ever done.)

Tuesday evening brought another round of painting. This time the final coat! I am so pleased to have gotten this done, and so happy it looks that much better than it did. I no longer need to worry about wasps building their nests on the bare wood, and I can rest assured that the rains aren’t further damaging the trim. Even better, I love that this is a project that I started and worked on from start to finish, on my own home. What an awesome feeling!


And I realized something else. I already have a hobby! My hobby is my home. I think I’ve said this before, but not really had that thing where I get so intense about a project that I cannot let it go. That happened with this project. I could not let go of the project, I just wanted to do it, to get it done, and work on it to the detriment of everything else, including proper meals. I have my new hobby, my new hobby is my house, and now I REALLY want to see if I can redo the kitchen and dining room floors by myself.

Loop bump!

I’ve had a loop bump on the wheel for a little while now. Not too long. I find that when I spin regular top for a bit, and then go back to a loop bump, it’s a bit of a learning curve. But, when I am spinning loop stuff exclusively, it spins too beautifully.

I divided this loop bump into two parts, ripping it down the middle. I then weighed the two parts, and pulled bits from them until they were an equal weight. It must have worked pretty well, because once I plied, I just had the tiniest bit of extra on one bobbin. I am not sure I’ve ever gotten quite that close before.


You can see the end of the shorter single with it’s leader, and the tiny bit left of the longer single. That was a fun moment!

This one is thicker than usual. Over 5 ounces, 2 ply, DK weight yarn.


It’s soft and squishy, as loop bumps so often are. I ended up with 370 yards, which feels like a good amount to make something fun with.

A Thing I Made

A long time ago I created a very fuzzy 2 ply yarn out of border leicester locks I cram pot dyed. As it was not the softest thing, I struggled to figure out what to do with that particular handspun.

And then I got it in my head that it would make a great warp for a wall hanging. So that is what I did.


Using recycled sari silk as weft, I made a little wall hanging. It’s been on my loom for quite some time now, but I just don’t take the time to work in the loom room. This weekend I decided it was time to finish up. It doesn’t hang the straightest right now, which is disappointing, but it does look really interesting, and that part I love. I also love that it’s different. Something I don’t often do. I say this every time I have a woven finished object…..I really should weave more.

Halfway there

Why is it that when I finish spinning half a bump of singles I feel like I am halfway to my end product?


It doesn’t really work that way, does it? I mean, not only do I have to do the second half of the singles but I also have to ply. Then skein, then finish the yarn in some way.

But, I am halfway there.

The end of the 2 ended candle

I’ve been burning the candle on both ends lately, and I know it. On Friday, with another adventurous biking weekend planned, I kept thinking “I seem to be developing allergies.”

Spoiler alert, it wasn’t allergies. We had planned on a weekend of biking and live bands. We were to drive separately because Mr. Ink worked Saturday morning. But once Saturday morning rolled around, I realized that I was sick, having developed a cold. So, we went out to the ride together, rode around the small town of Jefferson, IA and saw 3 bands. We went to dinner at an A & W which still had the old phones to order.


And then we camped at the home of a biking acquaintance.


What happened the next morning was stupidity on my part. When Miss Bug gets sick and can’t do something she really wants to do, I tell her that’s just the way it is sometimes. But apparently I don’t take my own advice, especially when there is money involved. I knew I would not be able to do the entire ride on Sunday, but I did believe I could at least manage 35 miles. This plan was made on Saturday evening.

Sunday morning I felt worse. But, I’d set my heart on 35 miles so we started out. Into a headwind. While sick. I just couldn’t manage to go very fast at all, and I was really suffering, and so slow that I couldn’t make it to the next town in time to see any of the bands. Very frustrating. But I made it 17 miles out, so I could turn around and get my 35 miles in, now with the wind at my back.

Should be easier right? IT WAS NOT. Mr. Ink had said something like “I bet we can do these 17 miles in an hour.” And I could have on a good day with the wind at my back. But this wasn’t a good day. And, even with the wind at my back I struggled to maintain 6-8 mph. And I had to stop. Toward the end, probably once every 2 miles. And the whole time I was hanging onto a hankie, using it to blow my nose when I sneezed, and then stuffing an end of it back into my bike shorts because I needed it too often and unexpectedly to put it away.

We’d said we would go drive to see the next band once we finished riding, but even that did not appeal to me by the time we reached the car. 35 miles while sick is TOO MUCH for me. Just too much. We got to the car, grabbed a bite to eat, and then we decided to drive the over 2 hours home. Just one problem, I was exhausted and miserable, but too worried Mr. Ink would fall asleep at the wheel to sleep myself. So I drove home too.

And then crashed and basically did very little for the next 24 hours.

That part felt pretty good.

And thankfully life gets to slow down significantly now. We have things planned, but we have breaks in between. No longer a constant state of being on the road on the weekends.

Nahant the Next

Miss Marja decided that she would like me to make her a Nahant scarf out of her handspun yarn. It was such a pleasurable project the first time around that I eagerly agreed.

The handspun is an inglenook batt set, and the transitions aren’t dramatic, but instead tweedy with small pops of color. Very pretty!


I’d have to say I am about halfway done with this project, though I didn’t really weigh the yarn yet. This one is also going to be a stunner once it is blocked. If you haven’t tried this pattern yet, go do it!


My current spinning project is a loop! bump. I actually tore this one in half so I could do a thicker two ply yarn. It’s coming along quite quickly really, as I sit down with it in the short spare moments.


As is always the case, loop! bumps spin so nicely with low twist.


I love their light and airy nature, especially after finishing.


Moving out of the blue and into a navy, next up? Turquoise.

2 More Sets

As of right now, I am supposed to be off on another bicycle adventure. Unfortunately, I have come down with a cold. So, my 2 day adventure will be starting late, and not involving much cycling. Instead, I am resting and getting prepared for it, and also taking pictures of my latest completed project.

I did another two sets of coasters. One set is in the same yarn as the first set, and the other is in a different yarn. I don’t know what either of these yarns are, as they have been in my stash for quite awhile, and, I don’t think I was the original purchaser either. Meaning, I got them out of a friends stash when she was downsizing.


The middle ones are the different yarn. It doesn’t have long color transitions, but I admit that I almost like them better than the long transitioning yarn.

This week has been rough. Not only has work been insanely busy with projects that are completely new to me, I suspect I’ve been coming down with this cold for awhile, as I was struggling to stay awake in the evenings, despite having a full schedule of parent meetings and obligations. I am really glad the week is over, and thus had really been looking forward to getting out of town for our bike adventure. Until it could no longer be denied that a cold was taking me out.

That being said, I still plan to go, so look for fun pictures next week. In the meantime, I’ll post a few in progress shots of crafting throughout the weekend.

Weekend Recovery

We camped this weekend. The weather was less than stellar, it rained on Friday night all evening, but we sat around the campfire anyhow. It was cold half the day on Saturday, Bug Mr. Ink and Miss Bug swam in the river anyhow, and it rained overnight Saturday night into Sunday morning as well. Nevertheless, we had a great time! It was fun to be hanging out with friends, eating camp food, and leaving our cares in the city.

Miss Bug was the only child there. She was hanging out with adults all weekend, poor kid. But, she was exceedingly good, to the point where one might forget she’s still a kid. On Saturday evening we had additional visitors, people not camping but coming in to hang out with us. Miss Bug decided that it was her job to treat everyone to S’mores so she made them for anyone who asked. To be honest, she’d been eating marshmallows since 8 in the morning so I think she wanted to make them but was sick of eating them.


Here she is making s’mores for the group, one marshmallow at a time.

Before we left, I had put some flower shop inferno on the wheel in addition to the spindles. I really wanted to finish up the project.


I finished this bobbin full, and decided to take the small remainder on spindles with me on the camping trip. But, we were waiting for Mr. Ink to get himself around and packed, and I kept spinning. Then I realized that was silly. I could start plying instead, and save the spindle spinning for the trip. So that’s what I did.


It was great fun to come home from the trip and realize that not only had I finished the spinning portion of the project, but that I had a head start on the plying as well!

Upon our return to reality on Sunday, we had an extremely busy day. We put away gear, cleaned up, did dishes, did loads and loads of laundry, mowed the lawn, pulled weeds, and then I started scraping paint on the outside of the house. I was exhausted, but just kept moving. So on Monday, I got home from work at 4:30, and had two school meetings at 6. Fell in bed for a nap and didn’t wake up until Mr. Ink came home and woke me up at 5:50. Not much time before those meetings!!! I went to bed early again last evening, and feel much refreshed this morning.

Hopefully that means I’ll have more things to post about soon.