New project!

I’ve been really trying to knit down my number of WIPs. I’ve been doing pretty good actually, and have managed to get from 16 to 8. But guys, I’m starting to get bored. Very bored. The call of brand new projects is strong. My solution:

You see, weaving is NOT knitting so this really is NOT a new projects. It’s just the thing I’m currently working on.
Back in May I picked up a 10″ Cricket Loom at Black Sheep Fiber Festival. I wove my first project up in a jiffy, but then my loom sat. The thing was, I knew I wanted my next project to be with this yarn, but I didn’t have the correct size heddle.
This lovely String Theory Caper Sock yarn is fingering weight, and I only had a heddle suitable for a worsted-ish sized yarn. (The heddle is the white piece in the middle that you move up and down to weave. The further apart the holes, the bigger the “mesh” that you weave. Finer yarn needs a tighter mesh. Make sense?)
No problem. Saturday and Sunday was Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival (Oregon is such a yarn-y state) and I picked up two new heddles. One that will work with fingering weight yarn and one that will work with bulky yarn.
The green is waste yarn that you weave a bit with at the beginning to even out your tension. It gets pulled out when you’re done.
I wanted to weave this yarn up because I knew I’d never knit with it. In a fit of crazy-pants I had it wound at the yarn shop when I bought it even though I knew I wasn’t going to use it immediately. I hate knitting with yarn that’s been wound for too long, and this has been sitting wound in the stash for over a year. Oops. Wound yarn gets super kinky near the center of the ball when it sits too long and the tension put on the yarn when it’s wound can mess with your gauge if the yarn sits in a wound ball for too long. Weaving solves all these problems.
What new things have you not started?

A very bright scarft

When last I showed you my first weaving endeavor it looked like this:

That is my 10″ Cricket Loom all warped and ready for weaving. They yarn it is warped with came with the loom as practice yarn to get used to the process. The loom also came with a color picture tutorial for warping and weaving. I followed the tutorial and it was really pretty simple to get the loom warped up.
It only took me a few days to weave the scarf. I could have easily done it in one day but I only let myself work on it for an hour at a time. Here is my very first woven project.
It is not without mistakes. There are several places where the weft went over/under more than one strand of the warp. I must remember to be careful on my next project to make sure I’m going through the center of the opening between the warp strands. The edges are also very tight compared to the center. I still need to research the best way to combat this. Any ideas?
These colors are very bright and high contrast. I understand that that makes the learning process easier, but it also means that I probable won’t wear this scarf that often. The green really is quite electric.
I have two more finished projects completely off the needles and one more that is so close I can taste it. I should have a nice parade of finished-object posts ready for you.
On a sadder note, the Kitties went to the V-E-T today and I learned that one of them has to have a minor surgical procedure to remove a bad tooth. I was warned when I first took her in after adopting her that she was high risk for having bad teeth and it’s actually pretty amazing that she made it to 4 years old without having to have any removed previously. Still I don’t like the idea of subjecting her to the anesthesia and the ordeal of a day-long vet visit (the one hour visits are bad enough.) Here she is with her sister (who was given a clean bill of health) cowering under the chair in the exam room.
For all the trouble they give me when I try to get them in the carriers at home, once we get to the vet they refuse to come out and then once the top is taken off the carriers they dash under the chair to try to hide. The vet-teches are really good-natured about getting down on their hands and knees to wrangle them. Send good thoughts on the 17th–surgery day.