It’s been a week since I bought my Ashford Knitter’s loom, and I’m enjoying it tremendously. It was a very busy week, so I didn’t have quite as much fibery time as one would expect with both my roommates out of town. I met my new roommate for the fall and went a New Haven Symphony Orchestra concert she was playing in (turns out, I may have a thing for Mendelssohn), roasted coffee for Hot of the Press, and hung out with some friends who are finally finished with classes for the semester – yay! But I did get some loom time.
Sunday, I completed then finished my first weaving project (a scarf between 5/9 and 5/11 – geeeeez that was fast!). To finish it, I gave it a good soak in woolwash and rinsed it, then added a bit of conditioner to the rinse to help soften up the silk in it. I was a bit surprised that the purple bled so much onto the white yarn, but I like the overall effect. Not the softest yarn still, but wears just fine.
The striping effect is mainly a product of light (still trying to figure out how to photgraph weaving projects without that happening!) The yarn is Farmhouse Yarns Silk Blend in Lilac, which is listed as 34% Silk, 33% American Lamb’s Wool, 33% American Cotton at a DK weight. I used almost a whole skein (350 yards/4 oz) for the scarf, which came out to be about 88 inches long (including 4 inches of fringe on each end) and 6 inches wide. I made it using the 10dpi reed for the Knitter’s Loom.
The selvages are okay. Let’s just say the edges are far far far superior to my first knitting effort.
I think it was Tuesday night when I warped on my next project.
I’m using Rio de la Plata sock yarn. I bought it thinking it was superwash (because it was marked so) but was warned while leaving the yarn shop not to machine wash it, and I’ve seen complaints about felting on Ravlery. So weaving the yarn seemed like a much better idea than turning it into socks!
It’s still very much in progress. I’m hoping for slightly shorter and wider out of this scarf. It’s weaving up beautifully and I’ll see how it turns out in good time.