Tuesday, August 16, 2011
A Tisket a Tasket, a Shawl and a Basket
I must be going through a purple phase. When I uploaded these photos I noticed that I had a color theme going here, including the African violets I picked up at the market last week.
This shawl is the second project I've made with my Ashford Rigid Heddle loom. I warped all the spaces in the 8-dent heddle with two skeins (about 520 yards) of TLC, an inexpensive acrylic. Then I wove with more of the same recycled variegated acrylic and wool yarn I used in my first project. The results are a large (22x64" excluding fringe) and drapy shawl that I took to my mom when I visited my parents over the weekend.
I'm still practicing getting my edges even, but I think for my next project I'll bring out some of my better yarns and make myself a shawl.
I also made a second fabric basket, using the same very helpful Craftstylish tutorial I used before. This time I coordinated the colors: green and violet, one of my favorite combinations. The straps are attached with kilt pins so I can carry it like a tote, but I think it may end up as a cat bed. I've got lotsa cats, and they like soft sunny places to hide out and sleep.