score o’ the day

Whew, I’m pooped. I spent a couple hours this afternoon working on my veggie garden, which this year is mostly going to be containers. I have to wait until my mum comes back from her vacation so I don’t dig anything up that she’s going to be mad about in the garden proper! I need to clear space for (some of) my zucchini and tomato plants, and while there’s lot of real estate, there’s also lots of very large weedy plants. I did manage to transplant some herbs and things outside, as well as direct seeding some beans and spinach.

And now my arms are all wobbly from lugging bags of soil around. Perfect time to fill you all in on the Textile Museum sale!

It pretty much looked like this:

inside a fabrics tent

two tents

inside the yarn tent

Crowded! I got there right about 11am, and there were a LOT of people there already. It was madness. There were two tents plus a rather large area right in front of the entrance to the Textile Museum (which I didn’t get any photos of).

This year the yarn got its own tent (the last photo above). The tubs on the tables inside were being refilled as things were bought, but I didn’t really feel like hanging around too long to try and score something good. There was a lot of not great (but very cheap) yarns in there to wade through.

bins of wool

more yarn

But I managed to score a wee bit of yarn anyway, since Julia gifted me with a skein of red Jaggerspun that she’d bought. And then there was my one big score –

score of the day

An adjustable dressform! I was standing right at the table when the women behind it were hoisting her up, took a look at the bust dial (to make sure that it was big enough for me) and then pounced right away. Seriously, where else will you get one in this great condition for $25?

I haven’t actually set the measurements properly yet, but close enough for now. And she’s already being pressed into service.

sweater on the dressform

Maybe now I can actually sew some dresses and the like that’ll fit properly!

One more thing, today – a sneak preview of the woven scarves I’ve been working on.

sneak peek

My name on Etsy is cosmicpluto, but there’s nothing up there at the moment – don’t worry, I’ll be announcing here when I put stuff up for sale!

a friday outing

I’m headed out to the Textile Museum’s “More Than Just a Yardage Sale” shortly, but I wanted to show you my progress on the cashmere cardigan!

cashmere body

Almost done in the photo, cast off in real life. I just broke into the fourth skein to finish the bottom of the body, so I should have plenty of yarn to finish the bands and sleeves (I’ve got six skeins). It’s amazing, really, that three skeins got me almost to the bottom of the body!

Thanks for your responses to my woven scarf! I’ve been weaving up a storm and will have some scarves to sell on Etsy next week or so – all sorts of goodies and colours.

moss scarf/wrap

Dudes. I love weaving. Not the least of which is because it’s freaking fast.

jared-style macro

finished woven wrap/scarf

I wove this scarf on an Ashford rigid heddle loom, 24″ width, with a 10dpi reed. I didn’t do the total width of the loom, a bit less on both ends, so it’s 18″ across and about six feet long including the fringe. About 220 ends total (do people want this kind of info with weaving projects? hmm).

Fleece Artist Cashlana (90% merino, 10% cashmere, 400m/100g) means this baby is sooooooft. ETA: oops, I forgot to say that this project took 2 skeins!

scarfy goodness

It’s a pretty airy, drapey fabric, but darn warm too. Perfect for the weird inbetween weather we’ve been having (but I’m not complaining because I prefer the cooler temps – yesterday was like 27 C and it was tooooo hot!).

knotted fringe

Did I mention I love it? Mmmmmm.

I think there’s lots more weaving in my future. I’m considering getting maybe a second heddle kit for more patterning, and maybe a finer reed too. Would there be any interest if I made a few similar scarves and wraps to sell?

up next

P.S. I made the Doane Paper blog! I love their paper, seriously. You should go buy some. (And if the Doane paper people want to thank me by sending me more paper, I’ll graciously accept, hee!)