Update

This update was supposed to contain lots of pictures of what I’ve been weaving, baby goats, knitting projects, family dinners, etc. Unfortunately, I can’t find my camera right now…Between my parents house and our little cottage, it’s amazing I can still find my brain.

I have been working on a few projects lately though. When I’m not at the farm working on the walls of our house, I’ve been able to weave and knit a few things. It started with my brother requesting a scarf for his birthday. He said he wanted it to be like the felted wool hat I gave him for Christmas. Unfortunately, he didn’t make the request until the day before his birthday so I couldn’t give it to him ON his birthday. I just put it on, wove it, felted it and gave it to him Friday. (I think I wove it on Monday? But I can’t remember…blah)

So the scarf: I chose to use worsted weight knitting yarn (Wool of the Andes from Knit Picks, if you’re wondering.) I didn’t actually have much of the same colors I used in his hat leftover, so I had to improvise a bit. I wanted it to have stripes of different shades of blue and grey. His hat is a light grey with a small stripe containing 3 different shades of blue, a large band of black, another stripe of the blues and then grey. It’s one of the nicest hats I’ve made in that style, I believe. 🙂 Anyway, I didn’t have any of the light grey left but when I asked him about colors for his scarf he said he wouldn’t mind a darker grey which I did have.

Here’s a photo: (sorry about the image quality. It’s from my cell phone…)

On the loom and ready to weave!

I’m quite happy with how the striping turned out. It’s a palindrome pattern which I just love! 🙂 Yep. I’m a nerd. I love palindromes.

After I wove that up (And boy howdy does it go FAST! 160″ in 90 minutes.) I cut it off and washed in the machine on hot and then dried it. I’m still figuring out the shrinkage rate. I wove it double because I think you’re supposed to calculate for 50-60% shrinkage when felting a woven piece. I wanted it to be about 80″ long when it was done. It ended up more like 90″ which I was concerned about, but he said he’ll wear it for a while and see if it works and then let me know.

I had a bit of warp left over when I finished weaving my bro’s scarf so I wove that up too just because. I’ve been doing that lately. Just weaving up any extra, zigzagging the edges and putting it away to use later. So this extra bit got felted too and I discovered it would be the perfect size for a little clutch bag. Then I thought, I should just make a bunch of those! So I did. Here’s another warp:

Another striped warp!

I wound off two more of these little two yard warps. They weave up QUICK. Like 30-45 minutes. There’s a lot more prep work involved in these, but I think they’ll be fun. 🙂

Okay I did find that I had two pictures of baby goats that I took last week on my phone. Here they are:

Pumpernickel! Adorable baby girl goat.

Twin baby boy goats: Skunk (white head/ears) and Monk (Brown ears) Just moments after birth.

These babies might be some of the most adorable we’ve had! Mostly because of the floppy ears. 🙂 I wish we could keep the boys, but unfortunately we don’t need more bucks in the herd right now. 😦

Well there you are. A little update and a few (bad quality) pictures. 🙂 I have also been knitting a few things too. I’m working on a tube sock pattern which I plan on felting. I have no clue if they’re going to work yet. Ben said they look like strange, long hats. haha. He said I should make them for snowboarders. They look like those long sleeping caps. haha. If that pattern works though, I may make more! The only bummer is I have to make them one at a time. Blah. Okay well I’m off to either finish the “socks” or put on another warp.
~JoAnna

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