Nostepinne Madness

Just the beginning

Just the beginning

Finished

Finished

My "nest" with a center pull

My “nest” with a center pull

What was I thinking? Winding 100 grams of my hand-dyed, amethyst-colored, sock yarn on a nøstepinde is not a quick undertaking.  I guess I was trying to “feel-as-one” with my Norwegian ancestors. Been thinking a lot about my grandma, Grandma’s favorite gem was the amethyst and flower the violet. As mentioned in yesterday’s post, this month’s sock is based on the amethyst and violet. Grandma was a first generation American, her parents came from Norway. With her foremost in my thoughts while working on this project, it’s not surprising that I eschewed my swift and winder.

The nostepinne, also spelled nystepinne or nøstepinde, is a traditional Scandinavian tool for spinners, weavers, and knitters to wind a center-pull ball of yarn. Nostepinne translates to “nest stick”. It looks like a big dowel, a really fancy one.  Grandma’s sisters told me that it was the traditional engagement gift in Norway. A young man would carve one for his bride-to-be.  Some of them were very elaborately carved, lucky women who received them. How wonderful it would have been to have inherited one from my Norwegian family.  The nice thing about the nostepinne is that it’s easy to travel with, sturdy, not easily broken, does not need a clamp or batteries, or even a swift, and it doesn’t change the yarn twist. Picture this: I’m sitting on the couch with legs up and my feet are acting as a swift. Wind, wind, wind, rest, wind, wind, wind, rest, etc. It took hours since I was trying to be ergonomic, but, finally, success was mine.  I now have a wonderful, center pull “nest”. I’m ready to start on this month’s socks.

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Antique Nostepinne

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Carved antique nostepinne

QThanks for stopping by. Now go have a crafty day.

 

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It’s Weaving Time

Weaving a scarf

Weaving a scarf

Here’s my first attempt at weaving ever! Loving my new Glimakra ridged-heddle loom. I especially love that the turning knobs are a metal crank, much easier from my arthritic, right thumb. Thank you Arlene for bringing your warping board to spinning class and teaching me how to warp my loom. And, thanks to Ashford for the wonderful YouTube tutorials on beginning-to-weave. Woven scarf on the way! I’ll have to watch another tutorial for finishing. Such fun! The yarn is inexpensive yarn from Michael’s, for the first try I didn’t want to use my “precious” handspun.

How Warped Can I Be?

Relaxing with a cuppa

Relaxing with a cuppa

Cold, spotty rain, grey day, perfect for a cuppa and reading. I found a new “Cheese Shop” mystery series by Avery Aames and I’m reading the first book: The Long Quiche Good-bye. Although I was quite prepared to snuggle up and read all day, this kept “talking” to me:

Glimakra Emilia loom

Glimakra Emilia loom

This is too much! I swore I wasn’t going to take up weaving because I really do not need one more creative endeavor. Then, one of the women in spinning class brought in her Emilia and let me try her out. Instant crush! It was meant to be when I checked my emails and there was an offer from Paradise Fibers – spend $300 get a $100 credit. Now Emilia sits in my living room calling to me: warp me, weft me, let me make something beautiful for you.

Plying fingerling yarn

Plying fingerling yarn

So, instead of curling up reading I’ve been alternating: 1.  plying together two 1200-yard skeins of fingerling yarn (that’s .681 miles), which I’ll never use for knitting but I’ll use for the warp and 2. winding the weft yarn onto the shuttle.

Loading the shuttle

Loading the shuttle

Joined Weavolution and watched YouTube videos on how to load the shuttle with yarn and how to warp a rigid heddle. Don’t you just love the information on YouTube? Ah, what a day. A jillion new weaving terms: sett, sleying, beaming, shed, bubbling, draw-in, etc. Yikes!

We are actually expecting a huge rain storm the next couple of days. So Emilia and I might become better acquainted.

Can anybody recommend some great weaving sites?

WIP’s: A Knitter’s Best Kept Secret

~Raise you hand if you’re too embarrassed to truthfully tell people how many wip’s you have on needles.  Thought so, both of my hands are raised.  I know sister Barb has some, but I really can’t tell her how many I have – my dirty, little secret.  So, sister Barb has given herself a mission and that is: she can’t start any other BIG project until she finishes a big project.  I mentioned this a few days ago. Big projects are like sweaters, shawls, vests, etc.  Little projects fall into the hats, gloves, and scarves categories.  My problem is, except for shawls, I tend to stick to little projects.  Every time I walk into a yarn shop or look at knitting blogs online I become enamored by the patterns, yarn, colors, etc and just have to try something new.  I think I should officially call my syndrome “Knitters Attention Deficit Disorder”  or KADD.  If there were medals for oldest wip, I probably win the gold.  I started this afghan when I was sick with pneumonia my senior year of high school.  I fell in love with the pattern in Good Housekeeping magazine. It think it was the “holes” that did it. My sweet mom bought the yarn and needles for me. When was that you ask?  Back in 1966! And, yes mom I still have 4 more balls of yarn to knit. This wip has followed me thorough 9 moves!  Unfortunately, the pattern was lost long ago.  There were two rows, I just remember it was something like K3, *K12, (yo, k)3x* repeat * across row end k3.  The next row was k3, *k6, (yo, k)3x* repeat * across row end k3.  Knit until you get tired then quit!  I have added to it off and on for years.  Maybe, just maybe, one day I’ll finish it and put and end to the saga.

There actually is another knitter’s syndrome called “Finisher’s Attention Disorder Deficit” or FADD.  It apples to all of us who don’t like to weave in ends, block, sew parts together, etc.  Sad to say I have that disorder too!  Count my mother-in-law in the ranks with that disorder.  After her death, my sister-in-law Les gave my m-i-l’s two unfinished knitting projects to me.  Geri had taken the projects off of the needles, she just hadn’t done the finishing touches.  Les said since I knit and she doesn’t I could have them.  I’m glad!  One project was slippers. Luckily, there was still enough yarn left so I was able to sew the parts together.  I gave them to my granddaughter, Maddie. They fit so beautifully and she was excited to get them.

The second project was an afghan.  There were a bazillion ends to weave in.  It was a knit-across-the-row, cut-the-yarn, add-a-new-yarn-the-next-row type of pattern.  I have been weaving in all of the ends, I just have a small portion left.  I’m giving the afghan to my son Michael because those two had special parts in their hearts for each other.  I’m going to surprise him with the afghan.  It is the most boring job EVER but I’m doing it as a labor of love.  It really is quite a striking pattern.  She began it in the 1970’s, but I don’t know when the actual project was taken off of the needles. And yes, I have been weaving in the ends off-and-on for over a year.

I can’t blame these syndromes on my mom (dang it) because she never left projects on the needles and she always finished her projects so nicely.  What both Barb and I inherited from mom, who in turn got the gene from grandma, is our collection gene.  We both have fairly hefty collections of yarn and fabric!  Ala mom!  But that is a different story.

I have made a promise to use sister Barb as a role model and try to finish some projects.  Please, where is Knitter’s Anonymous (KA) when you need it?  I did finish the Maja Shawl last week.  I’m on a roll!