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Woven Hat from 1936 Weave-It Book

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 I finished this hat a few weeks ago–on election night, in fact. Since this was my first finished Weave-it (Weavette, Wonder Weave) pattern, I'm going to cut myself some slack. Also, I was listening to election results while I sewed it up, so that may help explain why I misjudged the need to stitch the rim of the hat correctly. I was so excited about the election! Plus, stitching all those little squares together is very tiring. As a result, the rim/hem of this hat isn't matched up very well. It's a little bit crooked. Nonetheless, this is a very cool retro hat. It looks good on people who wear cool, retro hairstyles, like a Louise Brooks bob.

It doesn't look very good on me, but that's beside the point. Who cares! I made my first real Weave-it pattern!

These thirteen squares practically flew off my Wonder Weave loom. Good thing I had cats around to point out when I almost missed a row…

..and it's a real good thing the cats were there to keep the squares on the table. Those little squares have a way of flying off the table at the oddest times. But not with these cats on duty.

Woven Dolls

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When I saw this posting and instructions on the eLoomanator's blog, I knew I had to try to make these two dolls using just one 4" woven square apiece. Barbara Giguere created these dolls using her 4" Weave-it loom. I made mine with the Wonder Weave, which also creates a 4" square.

I selected three colors of Dale of Norway/Falk 100% wool and threaded the loom with the neutral beige. I used the same color to weave six rows for the head. I then swapped to my second color, wove six more rows, and finally swapped to my third color, weaving six more rows. Once off the loom, it's pretty straightforward to finish the dolls. Simply sew up the back to make a tube, use the extra yarn to draw in the neck and stuff, then gather the top. Stuff the body, tighten the waist and sew the feet. I liked how Barbara stitched in some arms and on the boy doll, some legs, so I followed the same idea.

Doll hair is still difficult for me. I don't quite know how to stitch it so it covers the head and yet can't be pulled off by a child. These two dolls have hair, but it's pretty loose–one good tug and it'll come off. I'll need to research hair for future dolls.

These two dolls are just four inches high. Aren't they sweet?

An Antique Sewing Cabinet

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My husband spotted this treasure last spring at an antique store, and when he asked if it was something I would use, I grabbed it. I think it was $20.00. I can fit the large yellow loom inside along with yarn for my current projects. It has a wooden tray that’s perfect for my knitting doo-dads. It also has a shelf on the bottom where I set my folder of patterns.

I like this because it makes my knitting mobile. I can bring it from room to room easily and I’m not carrying around a lot of plastic bags and extras that I’m not using. I stash everything else in my closet.

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Antique store find: Handee Revolving Wool Winder

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Now here’s a little item I’m sure will be “handee” someday–a wool winder. It was just $5.50 at a local antique store. I had just admired three or four wooden ones, all very pretty but expensive, rickety, and too big, when I spied this one still in its vintage box. All the pieces are there (it’s metal) and it looks like something I’ll actually be able to use. Plus, the gal on the box is super retro cool, don’t you think?

Here’s what the box says:

Handee Revolving Wool Winder: “From Hank to Ball – In No Time At All”

“The Handee All-Metal Revolving Wool Winder makes it so easy and convenient to wind yarn yourself at any time. Instantly adjustable to take any size hank and any type wool. Rubber cusioned clamp can be fastened to chair or table instantly and does not mar surface.”

A week or so ago, I had read a tutorial on how to wind yarn using a swift and an electric hand mixer. No, I’m not kidding. Visit Fig and Plum’s blog to learn something new.

I have the swift, I have a mixer. Now, all I need is some yarn!

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