Wednesday, November 12, 2008


I took the lunchbag pieces out of the baggies today (got them all done yesterday!) and videotaped them today. I am off tomorrow through Sunday, so tomorrow I plan to put the three video sections together and post it here, and then actually put the PIECES together and take pictures of THAT (although I think I'm liking video even better - maybe a combo) and post them. I want to get that done so I can work on Christmas presents. I got a book on hats and bags from Hazel Rose Looms a couple of months ago, and I had several things planned to make for Christmas! However, I have this whole "finish what you started FIRST" thing going on (I don't even have the Triplet Triptych WITH me), so the lunchbag needs to get done NOW so I can start on hats and bags. Most of them will be out of wool so I can felt them.

So, that's a combo progress report and future plan, all in one. :-)

Boott Textile Mill Museum at Lowell NHP

Saturday I spent the afternoon at Lowell National Historic Park. I went through the Boarding House Museum and recognized how lucky I was to have lived in a very spacious boarding house with a relatively relaxed atmosphere when I was in college, and also went to the Boott Textile Mill Museum, where they have the looms! Stills didn't seem to quite capture the moment, so I took video. However, the sound in that room, even with only a few looms running, was deafening, so I toned it down and added music to the video (random music - the one piece I could find that matched the time - sorry, no special meaning).

I'll post more later, just wanted to get this finally posted! It took a day just to post to YouTube!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Woven Lunchbag - progress report

I have only 3 2"x2" waffle grid squares to weave, and then I can begin construction of my lunchbag! I started this project back in February, I think - a couple of cities ago. I was in Brenham, TX at the time, and I have since spent 6 months working in Hutchinson, KS and the last two months here in Methuen, MA (four cities, if you count the fact that I am actually living in Salem, NH). I am determined to get it done before I leave - everyone here has the cutest lunchbags! Almost everyone uses a Harrod's Knightsbridge bag as their lunchbag - apparently it started when someone went there and brought some back, then someone's son lived in London for a while, then after that people were ordering them online... I confess I looked online but didn't see them. Besides. I love my bag design. And you can't beat a handwoven lunchbag, right? I just need to find some vinyl fabric for a liner, I think.

I will post pictures to Flickr as I get pieces and parts put together.


I had thought that Ravelry was just for knitters, but I heard from a fellow weaver that there are weavers on there as well. So, I went to the site today to sign up. I didn't realize what a small operation it is - I'm very impressed, but also a little sad that I have to wait six days to receive my invitation to join. :-) I'm sure it will be worth the wait.

There is nothing in the FAQ about weaving. It mentions crocheting and spinning and dyeing and designing, but no weaving. Ah well - I suppose I'll just have to wait and see.

Some random fiber links

A friend sent me a link to a website which shows how mathematician Daina Taimina used her crocheting skills to create a physical model of hyperbolic space that wouldn't fall apart as easily as the paper models they used with students. Quite frankly, I think I've done this on accident before - I'm a weaver. Not so good with the crocheting. :-) I started a scarf one time that turned into a Barbie dress.

Hyberbolic Space Crochet Models

Want to make your own? Here's an Interweave article with a pattern! I may ask my mom to make me one. If I tried, it'd probably turn into a scarf.

Taking Crocheting to a Higher Plane

I'm sure I'm the last one to know this, but I just saw in my Halcyon Yarn catalog that Opal Sock Yarn has Harry Potter sock yarn! I confess to not being a Harry Potter fan myself, but I think it's cool anyway, and the yarns are gorgeous. I did, however, find this complaint about Opal Sock Yarns from back in April. I suppose ymmv.

Personally, I want yarns from their Rainforest 4 - Emily, the Gouldian Finch, and Rocky, the Hyacinth Macaw - two birds Ian and I always wanted, but they are just so expensive! The Hyacinth much more than the Gouldian, of course, although part of the reason with the Gouldian was that we had so many Java Rice finches. Cassandra, the beautiful red and blue dragonfly, is a gorgeous yarn, too. I think my Mom should make my Dad a pair of socks from the Daggy yarn - Daggy is a mallard, and the yarn just LOOKS like a hunter should be wearing those socks! My niece Jessica would probably love Elvira, the blue butterfly yarn. I'm not sure what kind of bird Harald is, but he's all orange and yellow and reminds me of my nephew, James - although Otto, from Rainforest 3, is orange and blue and looks "more manly." I have half my family socked! :-) Now if only I knitted.

The Hundertwasser 1 Collection has some gorgeous yarns as well. In fact, the only one I saw that I didn't love was Sea Serpent, and that's only because it was just a little too bland for my taste.

In the Hundertwasser 2 Collection, my favorites were Rain on a Rainy Day, Good Morning City, and Tender Dinghi, with the latter being by far my favorite out of all I've seen so far. These yarns are just gorgeous! Of course, I love themes. I'm a sucker for a theme.

My advice - when looking at the slideshows of Hundertwasser 1 and 2, use the fullscreen mode. It only helps a little, but it's definitely better than the regular view. And if anyone knows of a site with better pictures of worked samples using this yarn, please let me know! Especially woven samples. I'm going to try to resist buying any to use on my weavettes until after the new year, at least. Maybe I'll put it on my Christmas list. :-)