I have been busy this week trying to get some last minute things completed. Have I wrapped presents? No. Sent cards? No, for the first time in 20 years. I have been busy and trying to carve out a little time to myself. When things are really crazy around my house, or when I just need some time to myself I often retreat to my room where I can work on whatever project is on my loom. I have showed you my rectangle loom before. I had it set up to make this long cotton scarf and I have been piddling away on it whenever I get the chance.
This loom is really interesting. You can only set it up so the side width is divisible by the length. Which is often the exact width and length you think you would like until you take everything off the loom and the width suddenly becomes a lot smaller and the length a lot longer.
This simple cotton yarn I got on sale at my local yarn shop was perfect for this weaving project. It had a good soak and the fibers really connected beautifully. See the spaces when the scarf is on the loom? They have come together beautifully in the finished product. I love weaving, it is such a nice way to work with yarn.
As the scarf above is finished projects number 50 for me for the year, below is 51. This quick shawl is a present for my friend Terri. She doesn't read my blog so I am safe showing it to all of you. This yarn came in a big ball with the fringe already cut up from Alp Oriental Just For You. Do you remember the last shawl I knitted and posted about a few days ago, a gift from my friend Amy? This is the same pattern. You get this beautiful ball of yarn, cast on and start knitting. As you move on the yarns change so it is really fun to see what is next. Terri's favorite color is purple so when I saw this I knew I had to make it for her.
I hope she likes it. It isn't very long and I wish they had more fringe but other than that it was a fun, quick knit to make for a friend.
Her Highness reached her peak in color two days ago. I couldn't grab my camera to catch her beauty, but I think she still looks amazing. I decided to read up about the Orchid Cactus or better known as the Christmas Cactus. Basically everything I read I am doing wrong. She gets too much sun and water. I never prune back her leaves. I don't put her in a dark room with very little water for two months so she will bloom. So I am just going to keep doing what I was before, lots of sun and water, and lots of humidity. I will bring her in if we get near freezing and I will continue to re-pot her as she needs that every year.
I leave you with a knitting Santa and an Elf holding a ball of yarn. Love this gift from some friends a few years ago.