Friday, January 18, 2008

Silk + Bambu Scarf

The silk warp bambu weft scarf is complete. It feels awesome. Enough said.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Painted Warp

Today I finished a scarf from a pre-made painted warp (made by Interlacements and sold by Tabby Tree Weaver). The warp was made of cotton with strands of slubby rayon. I wasn't thrilled by the way the cotton and rayon behaved together in the warp, but I am pleased with the result. The sett was 24 epi, which might
have been a little close for this yarn in plain weave in most cases, but it worked well here, showing the colors of the warp nicely. This is going to be a birthday present for my cousin Joy, and I think these colors will
suit her.
I wove another scarf from this warp in a twill and gave it to
my grandma for Christmas. She loooooooved it... So much, in fact, that she asked me to weave some scarves for her to give to her sisters and a couple girlfriends for next Christmas. How many are some? In this case, nine. Yes, that's a lot! But since it was for my Grandma, and since she was giving me a year to do it, well, I couldn't really say no. Besides, I have a plan. If I weave them all in 5/2 rayon, straight twill, and three scarves per warp, it should be doable. I'll post more on that as I get it done.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Mmmmm..... ginger....

Although today's post has nothing to do with fiber arts, it is releated to the other kind of fiber... dietary fiber. One of my Christmas gifts from my mom this year was the book King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking. This is a fabulous book comprising recipes for cakes, cookies, quiche, pies, pizza, pancakes, muffins, and, of course, breads. This weekend I made ginger bread (not gingerbread). This is a yeast bread made with whole wheat flour, oats, and three forms of ginger (dried ground, syrup, and crystallized). The first step is to make the ginger syrup. This was done by boiling equal parts of sugar and water with a TON of sliced fresh ginger. The resulting syrup was awesome, not to mention the scent it gave the whole apartment. The recipe made plenty of syrup, so I'll be watching for other uses for it. Anyway, the bread turned out great. It was sweet, chewy, and moist, with a noticeable ginger flavor. I'll be making it again.

Monday, January 7, 2008


Hello, and welcome to my new blog. Here I'll primarily be talking about what I'm weaving and spinning, but I'll probably also include other things I want to share.

Right now, I'm weaving a scarf in twill, draft 202 in the Strickler book. The warp is handpainted 20/2 silk in Fresia from Claudia Handpainted Yarns, and the weft is Bambu 12 in fig. So far, it's going well - the silk is soooo nice! I just need to be conscious about keeping an even beat.