Sunday, January 11, 2004

Don't You Just Love It ...

when you find something that's almost finished, that has all the needles you were using, and your notes on what you were thinking, all together? I know I posted this sage mohair cardigan on my infamous UFO Wall of Shame, but I have the ability to forget anything I don't want to think about at the moment (or most anything I DO want to think about, but I don't want to think about that now!) I have about 2" left on the back and then the two fronts. I'm using big needles so it will be fast to finish.

I was playing around with my inkle but I'm still not getting nice edges. I also was playing around with trying for a softly spun yarn. I think I got a bit too soft :-) but that got me thinking. This yarn is so incredibly soft - is there a purpose for something this softly spun? I guess it would pill like crazy.

Too many thoughts going through my poor pressurized head. I'm going to take my newly found project to the living room and watch Bend It Like Beckham and knit away. That and some hot tea ought to make me feel better.


  1. My advice on the inkle for what it's worth.... Since it's a warp-faced fabric it doesn't take up much in the weft, try pulling it a bit tighter. And beat it in really hard (like, 2 or 3 hard beats)! Believe it or not I did a lot of tablet weaving for a while back in the Days of Yore,that's what worked for me.

  2. Inkle edges: what I was taught is that you throw your shuttle, but leave a little loop on the edge. Then beat, change sheads, and THEN pull the loop tight. That way you can control the edge tightness. A bit odd at first, but it works for me.

  3. You could use the too soft yarn for felting (or fulling).

  4. What Roberta said. I've had great luck fulling softly spun yarn. It does cut down on the pilling, but I don't think anything will totally eliminate them.