In recent days in our house we have had the luxury of time to slow down a bit, and this is reflected in my projects. The Elizabeth Zimmerman Pi shawl is at the edging stage, which involves knitting an edging onto 576 live stitches in increments of 7. It may take a bit of time. It’s a cliché with lace knitters, that observation that the bumpy bag of knitting transforms into something lovely with blocking. I too am completely charmed by this process and am really looking forward to seeing it complete. One of these days.
There is always the question of what to do with those one of a kind skeins of hand spun. This shawl is made from yarns spun into roughly light to heavy fingering weight. The finished shawl will not be an ethereal piece of gossamer, not at all, rather it likely fits the category of a “warm shawl”, (maybe like a lap blanket if the size is big enough…) There is some merino, some merino and bamboo blend, some merino and silk, all fibres that caught my eye from various sources this past year.
The other slow-moving project is a beginner one. Weaving is new territory and like many other people seem to find, the rigid heddle loom is the gateway drug. A friend gave me her 32″ loom when she was clearing space, (for another loom I believe, she is down the rabbit hole a bit before me and we compare notes along the way.) I have been experimenting with vaguely Saori techniques, and with how various bits of plain weave look and it is so much fun.
The warp is a tad sticky so I am using the wooden beater rather than the heddle to beat the weft, which while workable is kind of painstaking. That’s OK – podcasts are listened to, the cats come to visit and copious amounts of tea are consumed. Not too bad I would say.
The yarn is Briggs and Little which is wonderful, my absolute favourite yarn. They are a Canadian business out of New Brunswick, and I am always pleased to find them carried in my yarn store travels. The yarn lasts – it doesn’t pill, it softens with wear and best of all, it is reminiscent of sheep! (I went to a craft show last week, and there was a vendor selling sweaters from the east coast. I knew I was a fibre maniac when I told my friend, “I know what yarn these are made from by the smell!” And they were gorgeous.) Anyhow, lets see how it weaves up, and how long this takes. I warped up what I hope is enough for half a blanket so this may be a while.
This gift of time is really something. To live in a big city and just slow down a bit, something to try to emulate when “normal life”, whatever that means, resumes.