Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Where did weekend go?

I am sitting here at work and realized that this past weekend went way too fast for me.  I didn't get a lot of crafting done and I think part of that was because of the heat and humidity.

I am still working on some baby hats and I want to try and use up some of my stash because it takes over everywhere.  The good thing about the baby hats is they are small and when it's hot out they aren't too bad to work on.  The other reason I keep working on the hats is because I had set a goal for myself between June 1st and July 31st and that was to make 60 baby hats during that time.  Well, over the weekend I completed the 60th hat but am still working on hats as I am interested to see how many I will have completed by July 31st.

Other than working on the hats I have been working on a large project that I really want to get finished.  I am making an afghan for a friend and would like to see it completed by mid-August.  The afghan is 108 granny squares so have been working on the squares during the heat and then in an air-conditioned room I have been joining the afghan together.  As of yesterday I have only 18 squares to join and then the border so hopefully it will be done soon.

Now off to get a few things completed today so that I can head home at a reasonable time and maybe craft.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Weaving loom that travels

Weaving loom that travels
 This past weekend DH and I took off and there was one thing that wasn't going to stay at home on this trip and it was my weaving loom.

Yes because my loom is a smaller size it means that I can take it places with me and it doesn't have to just sit at home.  The loom I have is the Cricket Loom.  On the weekend I worked on the shawl that I had started before leaving home which is in the picture and once this one was completed on Saturday evening I started a narrower scarf.

The little guy that is sitting beside my loom is named "Stash" and his job is to help me keep an eye on my stash and to try and assist me in using it up quickly.
Good location

Besides working on my loom on this trip I had a great excuse to leave the hotel room on Saturday.  Our hotel was located in the same parking lot as an outlet mall and what girl wouldn't take the opportunity to do a little shopping.  It was extremely warm out so it meant that I didn't do as much walking as I would have liked but I was still able to get out and pick up a few things that I found on sale.

The weekend went way too quickly but I did have a good time.  I met up with a friend that I hadn't seen for a couple of years which was nice. 

I also was gifted with another weaving loom which I can't wait to try out.  My mother-in-law had a weaving loom and she gifted it to me on Saturday which I really appreciate it.  I know that it is going to take me a bit of time to learn how to use the new one as it is bigger but I know I will. (picture to follow)

So the weekend is over and it's back to reality but at least I know that I did made a bit of a dent in my stash this weekend and I also have a great trip with my husband.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Long Weekend accomplishments

1st Weaving attempt
This weekend was a three day weekend here in Canada and it felt so good to be able to relax and know that I had three days to try and get a few craft things done.

So as I mentioned a couple of weeks ago my DH bought me a weaving loom.  He had put it together a week ago but considering I had a couple of work deadlines I waited until this weekend to attempt my first project.

Closer look at 1st scarf
My first project was a scarf which ended up about 4 inches wide and about 5 feet long.  Yes I aimed big on the first one.  I also decided that I wasn't going to do it all one colour so the warp is 4 colours.  The warp isn't a lot of fun to do but once you get it done you know that it's time to sit down and start weaving.  So on Saturday evening I started my first scarf.

I really enjoyed weaving and before noon on Sunday I had completed the first scarf and had the warp on for a second scarf.  (Sorry no pictures of completed scarves yet.)  Can you say I loved my loom considering the second scarf was also finished on Sunday.

After finishing the second scarf I figured it was time to do something different for a bit so I worked on a couple of baby hats and got them finished on Sunday.

Monday, being another day off meant that I could sit and relax again.  So late Sunday I put on the warp for a third scarf.  That scarf was quickly completed while sitting on our balcony Monday afternoon.
Cricket Loom ready for first 10inch project

After completed three scarves all about 4 inches wide I decided it was time to attempt something the full width of my loom so I set up a shawl/scarf for myself Monday afternoon and got it started.  The first attempt didn't work out too well as I pulled the weave a little too tight and it ended up a uneven so took it out and restarted.  The second attempt is looking a lot better so now to try and get it finished this week.  Yes, I am using up some of my stash with my loom.

Did I have a good relaxing weekend?  Yes, I sure did.  I am finding it difficult thinking about work right now but I know that if I work hard today I can go home and weave again this evening.

So off to work as I can hear my loom calling me already.