I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions, but this year I promised myself I’d create more. I started this blog to document my knitting, but it’s been very quiet the last couple of years, mostly because I haven’t been knitting much. This year, I want to put a change to that, but I also want to do other crafts. So far, I’ve done pretty well. I’ve made progress on multiple sweaters and socks for myself, woven a few scarves for gifts and knit this adorable baby cardigan for a friend’s baby (it even has elbow patches!) I’m hoping to add some sewing to the list soon. Here’s to a creative 2012!
Here are some pictures I’ve been sitting on for a couple of months. After finishing my first woven scarf, it wasn’t long until I got started on a second one. This scarf is very special to me since it was a birthday gift for one of my very close friends and it was made from the yarn spun by another very good friend.
After the very subtle Pashmina scarf, I wanted to try something different and dug out this beautiful handspun yarn in shades of brown that Ceylan had given me for my birthday a few years back. Sarah and I have very similar colour preferences, so it was natural to make the scarf her birthday gift. The warp is Malabrigo sock in Cordovan, left over from the epic crochet blanket.
I wasn’t sure how this scarf would turn out, but it works really well. I love how the colours change organically and how the plain chocolate warp pulls it all together. I also love how the colours work equally well on guys and girls, as shown by my lovely model, James. (Just pretend he’s wearing a proper wool coat, not just a t-shirt.)
I would share some technical details, but this scarf went to live with Sarah in June and I can’t really remember anything else. I just hope Sarah gets some use out of it come autumn in Seattle.
About six months ago, I decided that I wanted to give weaving a go and purchased an Ashford rigid heddle loom. I tried it out using some leftover yarn, but never got up the courage to dip into the “good stuff”. Some time in January, I decided that enough was enough, warped the gorgeous MadelinTosh Pashmina I had reserved for a woven scarf and dove in.
Honestly, I can’t tell really tell you any of the technical details. I used a 10 dpi reed, but I’ve completely forgotten how many ends. I have a book about weaving that I meant to read before starting this project, but in the end I mostly referred to the “learn how to weave” pamphlet that came with the loom.
Obviously, the result isn’t perfect. The edges are a bit wonky and I’m sure an experienced weaver would find many problems with it, but I’m so pleased with my first real weaving project. Pashmina works up into an absolutely beautiful woven fabric, which is lovely and soft and fluid, and I love the subtle variations I got from combining two different colours. I used two full skeins, with Chambray as the warp and Antler as the weft, and the finished scarf is about 23 by 188 cm. It’s a great size for a scarf. I probably should have shown you modelled shots, but I’m in no state to model today, so the backyard will have to do.
All in all, I’m thrilled with this scarf. I know it’ll get lots of use in winter (get cold quick, Melbourne!) despite its flaws. I really hope I can find the time to weave some more in the coming months.
(Excuse the crumpled look. I haven’t gotten around to steaming it yet.)