New scarf started over the weekend… mostly because I wanted to have something warped up to work on. Well, truthfully, I’d intended on trying intentional pooling for a scarf this time, only to find out that the beautiful rainbow color skein wasn’t going to allow for it. Twas a deeeeeep sad. But I figured I’d still warp something up since I’d set everything up and I conceived of this idea. It’s hard to describe but hopefully you’ll be able to see it when the scarf is done. (You’ll also probably see my supra sloppy selvedge work right at the beginning)
SO! Scarf’s done. And whoo boy wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it might be. I kept things gentle, beat as little as possible, and didn’t put too much tension on the warp as I wove… and I honestly didn’t have any problems. Not one break. It didn’t even fuzz that much.
And uh… I’m kinda in love with the results. I haven’t washed it yet but I was so excited, I couldn’t help but take a few shots. That things getting washed and put up to dry as soon as I get home from work!
So I’m an idiot.
Well, no, that’s not exactly right. Because I did look up things. I just, you know, decided to do it after buying the yarn. Which was how i found out that the pretty multicolor yarn you see there in the warp is TERRIBLE as a warp yarn.
It really shouldn’t have been a surprise or anything; it’s a single and somewhat gently twisted. But bullheaded me, I had an idea for a weave and I wanted to try it regardless of what I’ve been told. I said ‘send it through the spinning wheel and give it a little more twist! it’ll be fine!’
Guess who’s a lazy butt and didn’t do anything of the like? Because it’s meeeee!
Instead, I got home from DnD and started immediately warping this project feeling precisely how unwise I was being as I walked the end of the warp over to the peg. Still, I kept going and got it warped up and started VERY gently weaving things.
I’m doing my best to be SUPER gentle, but I still feel like I’m going to break everything like every five seconds. This one’s going to go slooooow and I’ve got no one to blame but me, honestly. That said? It looks pretty darn spiffy, I think. And if I can manage to get the darn thing woven up without everything imploding *prays* it should look awesome.
Wish me luck!
WOW NEW FOLLOWERS HOLY CRAP I WAS ON RADAR HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
So uh… yeah. WELCOME NEW FOLKS! I go by Danii most days, I do all kinds of fiber arts, which include everything from weaving to spinning to nalbinding to knitting to crochet to dyeing to whatever else randomly piques my fancy at the time.
I saw a few people mentioning that they’d like to learn to weave so… if you folks have questions or want help with learning things, feel free to poke my ask box and request tutorials or ask questions for any of the things I mentioned. I’m no super expert or anything and I’m almost entirely self-taught, but I like to experiment and poke at things so hopefully I can at least play sounding board.
Either way! OMG welcome.
TO THE SCARF! The weaving binge continues, my weaving need unsated, and THIS time I actually used my own handspun for the warp AND the weft to see how that color shifts would play out. I’m super happy with it, even though it came out more subtle than I would have figured. Rav links here, for anyone interested.
Ideas for busting more of my stash on the next project?
Weaving done! A scarf for my lovely coworker, Clara, as she told me she liked “any colors”. So why not go bright? Basic plain weave with some intentional not-pooling to produce a faux plaid.
First time I tried hem stitching, and I have to admit that it’s 1: easier than I thought and 2: leaves a really nice product. I think I’m going to continue hem stitching my weaving though next time, I’ll make sure to hemstitch the first edge before continuing. I had to do some silly wrapping thing to get enough tension to do it after I’d cut it off the end.
Still looks nice, though.
Only soaked this one, no fulling. It definitely isn’t as kind to your selvedges but I didn’t want to chance muddying the color. She loved it though!
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More weaving! This one is a faux plaid that in doing with some intentional “pooling” so that I can just keep going with the same yarn and it looks all plaidy.
Also SUPER HAPPY. Mostly for something to smile at while I’m stuck at home due to snow. Itching to weave but ugh! Things to do working from home. Which, wow, I realized the other day? I forgot to mention here that I got a job!! Awesome job! With awesome people! So there’s that ^_^
If you don’t remember this handspun (http://www.ravelry.com/people/ashurbadaktu/handspun/fiberoptic-bfl) from way back when, that’s what I ended up using as the warp for my second project on my little Sampleit. I’ve wanted to weave with my handspun for AAAGES but I finally bucked up the courage to give it a shot last night and i can’t complain as to the results.
The little stripes are some other handspun I had, too small for any full project really, and the weft is just some purple crochet cotton I had sitting around. Deciding to make it a project full of experimentation, I gave my new boat shuttle a try…
OMG I’m never going back. It’s so FAST and smooth and I don’t accidentally yank warp strings and I haven’t miscalculated how much slack I have and it practically sets up your weft in the perfect configuration all by itself. I was zooming the shuttle with one hand and beating with the other and when I say I did this scarf last night, I mean ALL last night. Warped after work, woven, washed, and fulled in the dryer.
All all, I really loved the project and I’m pretty much in love with using my own handspun for the lovely texture it gives things. The cotton warp was nice too since it kept the whole thing from feeling too dense and will make sure I can use my scarf for a few months to come.
So I’m currently on quite the weaving kick, which was not assisted by every possible delay for the arrival of my new loom ever. First it was back ordered, then they lost it, then it got sent back, and then it appeared on my porch. I tore that box open and immediately sanded, waxed, and assembled my new Ashford Sampleit Loom before warping up this little beauty.
I’ve had this yarn sitting around forever and I wanted to make something quick and fun to wear before winter is entirely finished. The fun part is that the yarn is part merino part silk, so the fulling made it puff up but not constrict too much. It’s totally squishy!
If you look on my Ravelry, it’s named “The Fox and The Wolf” because I’m totally digging Scott and Kira this season of Teen Wolf and the orange stripes are totally foxy.
Expect more weaving but for right now, I’ve got some Pathfinder to play.
Food post! Say hello to my awesome Beef Wellington! It was an experiment (especially since I’ve never actually had it) but it came out perfect! Mark really loved it so I’m sure I’ll end up trying this again. The only problem with succeeding the first time is making sure I always make it so well.
So the loom lust continues. That said, I don’t want to use up all the really nice yarn I have sitting around, so I raided the dollar bin at the local AC Moore and decided to make a long cowl. This thing is super squishy and surprisingly soft for having not an ounce of wool in it. I’ll have to see how well it keeps me warm when/if I go out today.