two more

I’ve certainly been on a weaving kick lately.  Years went by with the loom tucked away in the closet.  Well, it’s out of the closet now.  I guess I love the variations I can get with the yarn yet it’s a simple weave, and I can get a large shawl completed within a couple of days, less if I’m able to sit still.

Desert Evening Shawl uses Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk Paints, a fingering weight yarn in “desert evening”.  The weft is a lace weight yarn that I’ve had in my stash for years and unfortunately lost the label to.  It’s a grey/green, some sort of wool.  Finished size is 14″ x 62″. (ravelry link)

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Next I again used my stash yarn and warped the loom using Yarn Pirate’s Smoke Rings, a fingering weight merino/bamboo/nylon blend and for the weft used Classic Elite Silky Alpaca Lace.  Finished size is 16″ by 62″. (ravelry link)

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What makes it a scarf versus a shawl?  I’m not sure, but I’m drawing the line at a 12″ width.  It can easily be worn flat like a shawl or it is light and drapey enough to be worn like a scarf.

I’ll be warping the loom up soon, but after a trip south this week to visit my sister.  Have a happy week!

11 thoughts on “two more

  1. You’re killing me Kate! You’re so quick with these projects and never a dud! Even while I was a lurker, every project … perfection. Including these. Well done!

  2. Although I have never done weaving I find I am quite fascinated by it and hope you won’t mind if I pick your brain about it a bit. Was there any special reason you chose an Ashford loom? Am I understanding this right that you do not necessarily use the same weight for the warp and weft? How do you decide what to use where?

    • Hi Linda… I’ve always been fascinated by weaving too and decided to start simple with the rigid heddle. I chose the Ashford because that’s what my local shop sold. My sister has a Kromski and it’s just as nice. For the weights, I experiment with using different yarns and really like the feel of the fingering weight and lace weight combination. It works well too with my size of heddle. I’m thinking though of trying something a little heavier next so we’ll see if that works out! Let me know if you have any more questions and take the weaving plunge! kate

  3. I often say that I don’t tend to dabble to much in anything other than knitting or crochet, as both keep me pretty busy. But man, your beautiful weaving is wicked tempting.

    • Thanks, Andi! It’s addicting for sure… so many different yarn combos to try out… and unlike knitting, I can start and finish a project pretty quickly. Love to see your projects… you always have so much on the go! take care… kate

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