I might have mentioned here (or I might not have, I don’t remember) that my knitting mojo lately has been mostly absent. I have a pair of toe-up socks that is sort of languishing, as is the Blue Willow cardigan, and mostly I’m okay with that. I’ve been busy doing other things and I know it will come back sooner or later.
In the meantime, though, last weekend I realized that the answer to my snapping lead lines on my tablet weaving loom was yet-another-fiber-hobby: my lucet. Lucet cord is what I use to lace my bodices, and goodness knows that if the cord can withstand the tension of that, it could certainly put up with my tablet weaving tension.
And it does. Quite nicely, in fact. Which means that I’m once again fiddling about with some tablet weaving. I need to do this more often so that I no more about what I’m doing wrong and how to fix it. For instance, at the moment, the lines in my chevrons are feathered, and I think that’s because some of the cards are a quarter turn off, or because some of them are threaded backward (don’t worry if this doesn’t make sense.. it’s okay), but I don’t know enough yet to know whihttp://www.blogger.com/post-create.g?blogID=16435420ch and I don’t have the patience to fiddle with it until I find the right answer. So I’m putting up with feathered chevrons, and really, I’m okay with that.
In the meantime, I panicked a few weeks ago when I realized I’d signed up for no fewer than 3 summer swaps. Fortunately, I’m a bit less panicked now (but I am still just a tiny bit worried that Gnorm or Gnuman will show up while I’m in Kansas City the first week of June!) and I think I even have the yarn for my Sockapalooza IV pal *and* the pattern picked out. I’m pretty excited about the pattern.. it’ll be my first pair of Cookie A socks, I think, and I love that they’re toe up so I can use all the yarn in each skein without worrying about running out.
Unfortunately, the swap I’m feeling the most out-to-sea about is the one that will happen first. I’ll think I’ll be okay, I just need to either find somewhere online that has a really good selection of dyed roving or a really good shop that has a good selection. I have what I’m looking for in mind, at least in terms of color, but I haven’t managed to track down a supplier for what I’m looking for.