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Weaving update, or Disaster looms

 

Disaster looms

Dunthor shawlSo, I present another one of a kind weaving. For those unfamiliar with my creations, one of a kind means I did not enjoy the process and will not undertake another. You may remember that I ended the last post on a positive note. Very shortly after that early success, everything went manky, with warp breakage, tension issues, the works. So it ended up 23.5 x 44″ which is a nice scarf size.

That was a learning experience, what I learned is that experimentation with warp yarns isn’t worth it. I remember an exchange on Ravelry where a new weaver commented that “old weavers” didn’t really “get” the fun of weaving with all the new knitting yarns and how much they were missing by not using sock yarn for scarves. An “old weaver” retorted that perhaps it was because they had experimented with them all when they were young and had determined that experimentation wasn’t the best way to enjoy their weaving time. I’d have to agree. You know, I have all these nice spools that say “warp” on them and I am going to pretty much stick with those for now. The next project will be a shawl, black warp and this cotton for weft, I am looking forward to it!

p.s. sorry about the awful pix, I will replace them tomorrow when I get some light.

New Scarves

I’ve been working on my photography and got some good pix of a few scarves I made over the winter. I found a tutorial on digital photography and learned some new techniques. Well, not new techniques really, just figuring out what some of the buttons on my camera actually do 🙂 I learned to switch between auto and macro but I can’t seem to get the background blurred sufficiently. There must be another button somewhere…

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sparkly metallic and mohair yarns handwoven with long twisted fringe
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lacey cowl crocheted in fine wool
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loom knit variegated ribbon
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Handknit chunky scarf with sparkles, ribbon, roving and fluff
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Handwoven microfiber with sparkly acrylic yarns

Declare war on procrastination!

I was really anxious about getting my research proposal written and I found myself starting projects, making up errands, anything to stay away from it. One of the projects I started was a really wild scarf knitted with 4 yarns held together. Another was the notes I made for myself. These helped me and I hope they help others. If you need help with the handwriting I can translate it for you 🙂 Continue reading Declare war on procrastination!

The FO!

Finished Object, that is! I decided to finish it as a scarf. I usually think of a scarf as a large swatch, a good way to try out yarns, gauge, etc. and to test finishing. Well this is one is a keeper. Once I got it off of Scott long enough to wash and dry it, I could see that it didn’t need any other finishing. It is squishy and soft and has a nice hand. I think this fabric would make a very comfortable vest or jacket.

Lessons learned:

I love the raddle for warping.

I need real lease-sticks. The wood I am using worked fine for the cotton warp but is not smooth enough for sock yarn.

Be careful with your tension as you wind warp onto the warping reel. Sock yarn is stretchy and I’ll bet you could end up short if you would it tightly.

Beat gently and with an open shed. I had a lot of trouble with my selvedges in the beginning until I figured that out. The boucle acts like velcro and won’t slide in the shed at all.

I love my Baby Wolf!