In response to a request from my brother, Michael. I’ve posted a video on the Homemade Noodles our Grandma and Mother used to make when we were growing up. Here you go, Mike. I learned by watching and I think it’s the best way.
Old Norwegian aka German Twisted
Cast On for Knitting
I’ve found quite a few videos for this cast on, but so many include a lot of talking. When I want to learn a technique or refresh my memory, I don’t want to wade through a conversation about the trivialities of the presenter’s life, no matter how much I appreciate their efforts. A lot of videos add steps that make this cast on appear more difficult than it is. There are few videos that do a great job (I’ve posted positive comments to them), rather than link them to my site I decided to add my own version.
This cast on goes by several names I’ve found so far. The Old Norwegian cast on is the most common, and the German Twisted cast on coming in second. This cast on is akin to the traditional Long Tail cast on so many of us learn first. This cast on is quite elastic, more elastic than the Long Tail, useful for sock cuffs, hat bands, and anywhere you need a stretchy start. It’s thicker than the traditional Long Tail, so it wears well too. There’s no talking, and only a little captioning. I did use a contrasting yarn in the second half.
Weaving the end of the band
Securing the Weft End
The end of the band is in sight. You know what comes next, Right? Cutting the weaving off the loom. While you know that you should be able to cut it off without it raveling much, still, one pick coming undone seems like a waste. This is when we start to think about securing our weft so even if it’s caught in a windstorm it will remain intact until we’re ready to use it. This step, while quite simple, can cause confusion when read from a book. I’ve created a video (full of fumbles and hands in the way) to demonstrate how I secure my weft at the end of my band weavings – All of them. Read the blog here.
Tablet Weaving Video
Here’s a short video of how I use the bead spinner to load a large quantity of the same color beads onto Size 10 crochet cotton. There’s a blog that accompanies this video. Called Bead Spinner Video.
Interlock Join with Multiple Color Changes.
Here is a short video that I made showing how I make my interlock joins for a vertical join. There are multiple color changes but not too many. I hope it shows well. Email me any questions.
Two Part Video On How I Warp And Set Up My Loom For Navajo Style Weaving.
These videos show how I warp my loom for Navajo style weaving. It takes hours, so this isn’t a start to finish video, but It goes over what’s involved. See the blog post for details – How I Warp My Loom ~ Videos. I make no claims to be Navajo and this video doesn’t take the place of a native Navajo or Dine`teacher, but I hope it gives some insight.
Interlock Vertical Join ~ Navajo Style
This video demonstrates how I perform the Interlocked Vertical Join in the Navajo style. I try to avoid ridges by giving the weft a gentle tug on the return non interlocked pick. Give it a try, it works well. This video is recorded when I have only two color changes, but I think demonstrates the join without adding too much confusion by multiple color changes. Perhaps another short one in the future for comparison. See the blog post for an in-depth description of this technique. I make no claims to be Navajo and this video doesn’t take the place of a native Navajo or Dine`teacher, but I hope it gives some insight.
Yarn Plying Demonstration
This video demonstrates how to take two hand-spun singles and ply them into one two-ply yarn. Plied yarn is more balanced creating less bias in your finished project, and its stronger. I use a tensioned lazy Kate to hold the half-filled bobbins of spun singles, and keep them separated until they reach my right hand and allow them to twist. They are plied in the opposite direction than they are spun. I check for balance by allowing slack in the yarn and if it doesn’t coil up, then I know it has balance.
A Demonstration Using a Lucet
This video gives a brief demonstration of how to use a lucet. The Lucet is a lyre shaped instrument that makes a single strand square braid. It’s not stretchy and very strong. The earliest Lucets recovered come from the Viking era, many were made from bone, horn, wood and mother of pearl. Strong smooth yarn is suitable for this tool. The braid can be used anywhere a strong cord or lacing is needed. Fine materials can be used and the resulting braid can be used as trimming, couched down in a decorative pattern or motif, for cuffs, hems, lapels, tablecloths or a pouch. In this demonstration I’m using a yarn that shows better on the camera but is less suited for the lucet, so my resulting braid is lumpy. I use these braids for drawstrings, tool leashes and thin handles.
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A demonstration, spinning a domestic wool top into a fine single. When I ply this,t should be a fingering or sport weight. This top is inexpensive, but I really like it. I bought several pounds of it and have done quite a bit with it. I’m using my Kromski Mazurka Spinning Wheel that I just love. It has a small footprint and is easy to take out onto my deck and enjoy. This is my first video and hope to improve my video skills quickly so I can provide more demonstrations and perhaps some tutorials. Let me know what you would like to see, if I know how to do it, I’ll attempt a video.