O, November! It came and left like a storm, strong and swift. This month brought me many projects, which I ambitiously wanted to finish, and the time just slipped through my knitting fingers until the very last minute of November.
The projects I had on hand were the Sweetgeorgia Mystery KAL: Cederberg Shawl, a test knit for Tabetha, #toquegether among the SGY staff, and yes, the November club. Beside all these, I was even trying to knit scarves for my family as Christmas gifts. There were many times I looked at the to-knit list, trying to prioritize projects and find time to get them done. There were many satisfying moments of checking off the list, but just as many sad moments of postponing projects because I simply couldn’t make them all at the same time.
The project for November club, Wobble, was a super long woven scarf. I tried to weave faux ikat as Felicia suggested in the insert. (She also showed off her faux ikat project in Taking Back Friday Episode 3 at 32:00.) This is only my third weaving project, so please excuse me for my poor vocabulary and simple knowledge about weaving.
The loom I used was a four-shaft table loom from Schacht. Because I didn’t have a warping board, I warped it as you would with a cricket loom. I tried my best to align the colours while warping so the same colours would pool together. Then I got into trouble threading. I had no idea how to thread a plain weave on a four-shaft, so I had to used the four-shaft like a two-shaft. If the loom could talk, it would probably bark at me to stop wasting its awesome design. Anyway, I managed to finish threading and got the loom to work. The weft yarn was another ancient mohair stash that was passed down from my grandma. It was a mohair-nylon blend single yarn in fingering weight. I didn’t even bother to wind the yarn onto a shuttle because the ball was already flat enough to pass through the warp.
The greatest task began after warping. With all the other knitting projects on hand, how could I find time to weave? My resolution was to borrow DVDs from the library (Disney and Ghibli films), so I would actually sit down and weave for a set period of time. This strategy worked really well! Not only did it help me finish this woven scarf, most of my other projects were also finished while watching films! The only issue was getting distracted by some good moments in the films and… oops! I knit more rows then I needed!
By the end of November, I finished the Cederberg Shawl, a test knit, five hats (for #toquegether), and a woven scarf! Messy schedule, productive month. This knitting storm will continue to push me forward in the coming month of December. I pray for a blissful season for you all, and that you enjoy crafting for yourself or for your loved ones. Merry Christmas!
Each month, we dye a brand new, unique colourway for our Spinning Fibre and Sock Yarn Clubs. This post is all about what we sent out to our members in November 2017.
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