weaving handspun

So… good news and bad news.  The good is that I was able to spin the handspun, Mountain Redux by Travelling Rhinos, and weave with it.  The bad news is that the yarn I used for the warp, unnoticed when I warped the loom, had a couple of weak spots.  One of them snapped, fortunately on the outside edge and early on, but two or three weak spots are in there and I’m not sure of their strength holding up in the long run.  So good news for me, I’m keeping it.

The fibre is unfortunately a mystery fibre… I seem to have a lot of those 😦 but it’s some sort of wool and it spun and plied really well into a soft worsted weight.  And yes, the warp yarn is also a mystery.  It’s a fingering weight sock yarn that I bought years ago and had already wound into a ball and therefore lost its label.  But the colours came together so perfectly.


I tried to get a photo of the actual me wearing the shawl, but you know how that goes.  Time is short and I don’t have the patience to try shot after shot to get one where I’m a) in focus and b) don’t look 150 years old and depressed 🙂

It’s 12″ by 60″ with 4″ fringe and as one would guess with handspun, it’s incredibly soft.

The other woven shawl is made with the more reliable Crazy Zauberball and Madeline Tosh Lace.  The colourways are Herbstwind and Enigma.  It is 11″ by 63″ with 4″ fringe and will be for sale at our market booth, and then Etsy if it doesn’t sell there.

I’ve also been very busy dyeing yarn to sell at the market.  I’ve got a colourful selection of lace weight and fingering weight yarns that I’ve dyed and skeined.  My next project is to photograph all the different yarns and colourways, so that will take a bit of time!  I’ve got them stored in a nice big box but every now and then I need to open the box and stare at them and touch them and admire them.  I love love colour!



8 thoughts on “weaving handspun

  1. Damn I hate bad news! But then you do get to keep it so…not so bad after all. All the pretty colors, I love them!

  2. Kate it is absolutely gorgeous and so inspiring. I spin, knit and crochet. Two years ago I bought a 15″ Cricket loom that has yet to be really used. After reading your post, and your blog as whole, I now ant to weave. So thank you ☺️

  3. Don’t you just love those little ‘accidents’ that leaves you with a beauty! Love the colours of that shawl and you really should model it for us one day. 😀

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