December 4, 2016
I’ve had a very busy five weeks with barely a day off. Not that I’m complaining - I love teaching spinning and weaving, but I was glad to take a few days out in November to head off down to the South Coast for a four day rug weaving course with Jason Collingwood, hosted by the East Sussex Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. We learnt some of the intricacies of 3 end block weave as well as lots of hints and tips to improve our normal weaving. My Ashford table loom put up with some abuse from the heavy beating required in rug weaving but came to no harm - great Ashford build quality! It was a great course and over Christmas I hope I will find time to finish the sampler and take it off the loom. I think I might be a convert to rug weaving and my Toika Eeva loom is just the job for tasks like this!
I don’t like working on many projects at once so I am glad that I have managed to finish both the scarves I was knitting. One is a normal, wrap around your neck sort of scarf, which I started last year and the other is pictured above being blocked - a triangular shawl knitted from Clun Forest laceweight singles to the Nurmilintu pattern by Heidi Alander. I really like Heidi’s patterns and will be trying out more in the future. You can find them on Ravelry. Clun Forest wool is very warm so I’m keeping Nurmilintu for myself to wear during this frosty weather.
I’ve just got a few more teaching sessions before Christmas but I will be making time for our traditional family preparations - home made mince pies with orange flavoured pastry, last minute Christmas cake, flapjacks, homemade boozy chocolate truffles and foodie goodies for the neighbours. Yummy, and woe betide my waistline!