Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Angst....and Weaving

I've been feeling some blog angst lately. With Ravelry, Flickr, Twitter, etc. it is becoming harder and harder to sit and devote the needed time to a blog post. I have lots to blog about, but it seems I come here and "crank it out" with a quick blurb about this project or that, plug in a photo an wham bam, I'm done. I used to write, rewrite, take time to take lovely blog-worthy photographs and all that, but with the instant gratification of these other tools, the blog is feeling like work to keep up. I'm not saying I don't WANT to blog, because I do, it just always gets pushed to the back burner because the other communication modes are fast and short and sweet.

(don't even get me started on how awful I feel that my sidebar is ancient - those WIPs, not WIPs anymore, the links to galleries - 2008. Ack! I can't even bear to look at it, let along take the needed time to fix and change!)

That said, today I'm going to tell you about my 2nd and 3rd weaving projects. I started off fast and furious when I first got the loom, whacking out my handspun scarf in little more than 24 hours. I immediately started a sock-yarn scarf, using some sock yarn of unknown-origin, but what I *think* came from a blog-prize I won from Margene years ago. The yarn served as warp and weft, and the end product is really lovely, but it took me forever to finish it because it got painfully boring to work on. It is another little scarf, this one with twisted fringe, which I adore the looks of.

I actually cut this off the loom with about 1foot more of length to weave because it was so boring. That and I got the idea for my next weaving project buzzing around my head that just could not be ignored.

That next project was to be a pillow, using strips of combed top for weft. I knew just the fiber I wanted to use - a wool/mohair blend from HelloYarn fiber club called "verdant". Lovely greens and browns, and the leftover fisherman's wool from my garter yoke sweater made the perfect match for warp. This was a blazing fast project - it took a grand total of like 2 hours with 45 min of that time being the blasted warping of the loom, which I am still pretty slow at.

This was an incredibly fun project and has me eyeing my fiber stash in a whole new light.

See - a real blog post, I knew I could do it! I promise to try and do more, as I have a new knitting project on the needles which makes me very happy, and I have some spinning to show you to.


Blogger Carole Knits said...

The other stuff is nice but I would miss you terribly if you didn't blog anymore.
Beautiful weaving.

1:38 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

I'll second what Carole says - we'd miss ya!

That pillow is just stellar! Such great colors, and I love the funky button closure on the side too!!

3:51 PM  
Anonymous kristin said...

Oh man, that pillow is great. I really love the look of a thin warp and thick weft.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Manise said...

And I'll third what Carole said! Totally!

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Alison G. W. said...

Oh - I know what you mean about outdated sidebar material. Until this morning my gallery was from 2006!! I just took it down in shame.

4:38 PM  
Blogger Infinitespirals said...

I love that pillow!

8:41 PM  
Blogger Long Ridge Farm said...

I so hope there isn't a blogger police squad! Blogging is for sharing but should not be a "job". Go with the flow and enjoy! And your work is stunning!

8:51 PM  
Blogger Rosa said...

I know that keeping up with all the sites is overwhelming. You are doing amazing things. I love that pillow. The colors are so wonderful.

4:14 AM  
Blogger Teresa C said...

Wow, you jumped right in! Everything is beautiful.

7:01 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Beautiful woven FOs.

I've given up my sidebar, so that I will keep blogging rather than keep up the sidebar.

5:48 AM  
Blogger Seanna Lea said...

That pillow is really cool.

I'm hoping to do my first warping this weekend, but the amount of time I'm afraid it will take keeps turning me into a nervous nellie about the entire thing. Gotta just go for it!

4:07 PM  
Blogger Jillian said...

Your weaving is great. What kind of loom do you use?

8:00 AM  
Blogger vanessa said...

love the weaving!
i know exactly how you feel about blogging. but just do it when you feel like it!

7:58 AM  
Blogger Bodil said...

So clever you are in weaving. Beautiful things you make.

6:29 AM  
Anonymous Monica said...

I'm so jealous of your weaving! I've got a loom and everything, just haven't figured out how to get it going. Gorgeous stuff!

I'd say "keep blogging!" but that would seem so hypocritical... ;)

3:52 PM  

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