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Inkle Band #6

Since I recently had a baby and didn’t feel much like playing with dyes, I decided to buy crochet thread online for this project.

I ordered copper. What I got was … a diluted washed-out faded copper. Also known as: tan.

I will probably end up re-dying this thread before I use it again, because I’m not really into the “pastel brown” class of colors. I like my browns to be boldly brown.

Anyway, as an experiment I combined peach and yellow threads for the pattern, to see if I could get a “rose gold” effect. It looks much better in real life, especially because looking at it from different angles subtlety changes whether pink or yellow is more dominate.

Not that fond of the photo — it doesn’t give the proper overall effect.

And the “copper” was supposed to be much darker for better contrast. XP

I used a historic Norwegian pattern for this band, which is very pretty.

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Fiber of the Month – April

Paradise Fibers’ fiber of the month club

Cherry Blossom

Tea and Crumpets

Yes, I am way behind.

For those who don’t know, I had a baby at the end of April, and this was the first yarn I’ve spun since. Honestly, it probably wasn’t the best choice to get me back into the swing of things, and I had a difficult time controlling the nepps and mixed fibers in the roving. It’s … um … very textured.

But, thankfully, I can always call the yarn ‘artistic’ and use it anyway.

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Fiber of the Month – March

Through Paradise Fibers

I’m moving pretty slow these days for some strange reason … XD

For March, Paradise Fibers sent out neon merino wool. All of my kids were just as excited about this one as I was, and we agreed that the colors were delicious enough to eat, lol.

So rainbowy and beautiful. 🙂

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Princess Dress

Other people on the internet talk about turning woven bands into things like belts and dog leashes.

Me?

I cut mine up and used it to embellish a princess dress. XD

It actually went pretty smoothly. I did steam iron the woven band first to set the strings into place, and it didn’t unravel at all after I took the scissors to it.

It’s like a pretty custom ribbon!

Also, stencil+paint for the birds and flowers.

VERY princess-y.

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Cast Iron Brownies with Marshmallows

At the end of my third pregnancy, I commented to another mom my age that all I ever wanted to eat was brownies made with real butter. She reacted like I had said something weird — along the lines of, “What else would you make brownies with?”

I didn’t bother to explain that shortening is frequently used as a substitute, or that box brownies usually call for vegetable oil. I’ve always had a lazy streak when it comes to conversations, and I thought that she was the one who was being weird.

Anyway, after months of craving a variety of foods, the last few weeks of pregnancy always boil down to carbs and fat. Like brownies. Baby needs to come out chubby, you see.

Today, I decided to make cast iron brownies.

I use a normal brownie recipe, then bake it in a preheated cast iron pan soaked in butter for extra deliciousness.

As I was getting the batter mixed together, one of my kids asked, “Can we put marshmallows in it?”

And I thought to myself, “Why not?”

So, I put mini marshmallows on top of the brownies for the last five minutes of baking.

They’re so delicious, I’m certain that I have invented a new type of sin. ^.^

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Inkle Loom Purple Flowers Pattern

I’m making this one for my baby who loves purple.

I dyed the warp cotton yarn myself, which is much softer and less of a strain on my hands than the popular crochet thread that’s in all the crafting stores (I also like it much better for lace crochet for the same reasons).

It’s kind of like magic to watch all of the individual threads come together into a woven pattern.

Maybe in the future, I’ll have to get myself a heddle loom.

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Valentine’s Inkle Pattern

I designed the pattern, and my almost-ten-year-old did the weaving on the inkle loom.

I wasn’t really expecting any of the kids to take an interest in this, but it seems to have tickled the fancy of my two oldest. We’ve been taking turns.

Unfortunately, the pale pink and white threads aren’t easy to distinguish from each other. I have discovered through experience that just because two colors look good next to each other on the spools, that’s not necessarily the effect that you’re going to get with weaving — it’s better to compare individual strands.

Should you decide to use this pattern, I recommend going a little darker with the pink. Also, I forgot to change the weft color in the pattern — it should be black to match the outside edges.

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Inkle Loom

Purely by chance a few months ago, I saw a video on historic tablet weaving. It stayed on my mind, so I looked up instructions on how to do it, made some makeshift cards, and proceeded to string a bunch of yarn between myself and a table leg to experiment with.

It was a chaotic mess, and I loved it.

I then came to the conclusion that I needed to be free to get up move around at the drop of the hat, on account of the toddlers that I live with, lol.

So, for my birthday, I got an inkle loom.

And promptly got sucked into that world of crafting.

I’ve joked with my husband that weaving is telling yourself, “one more pass with the shuttle, then I’ll do something else,” for three hours straight. I actually have a number of bands that I’ve made, and a few that the children have done as well.

Now I’ve begun experimenting with fancier patterns.

Latvian flowers
Baltic style hearts

Next step: Applying these to clothing.

I also have some bands that I’ve made with the cards, but I’m saving those for another post.

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Fiber of the month – January

The fiber of the month club through Paradise Fibers

I know, I’m late for a number of reasons.

In January, Paradise Fibers sent the Humbug Merino, and the Silver Glitter Merino. I decided to ply them together for lots of sparkly silver yarn.

Aiming to make a lace shrug out of this, so hopefully I’ve got enough yarn to pull it off.