Oh the joys of learning something new. I have been so in love with my loom and the weaving, I have loved the whole process, and even though I have made a major blunder, I still do. You see I was not thinking about fiber content with my last project. The solid purple yarn, that left over yarn from my sweater had a bit of a slippery quality to it. The weaving yarn is a wool/acrylic blend. The two were not going to mix and I had the misfortune of learning this at the very end of my shawl.
I wove the whole shawl, really paying attention to the sides, trying hard to make them straight. I had better success with the sides than with my second scarf, but still need to work on this. The thing about this shawl is I wove it too loose. I knew it, the whole time I was working on it, but I kept going. I feel a bit like Goldilocks, too tight, too loose and I am not at the just right part yet.
After finishing the shawl I was taking it off the loom when disaster struck. The woven part of the shawl pulled and completely came apart. Here have a look.
Look at this mess, the fibers were pulled all whacky and they just could not be fixed.
However, my sides are looking better so that is something! I have to focus on something good here.
This is the beginning of the project, see how it is supposed to look!
Ah well, live and learn. I painstakingly tried to unravel the piece, but I soon found that if I pulled the long, purple warp threads out, two by two, I could save my fancy colored yarn. There was going to be a casualty to this experiment and the purple yarn was it.
It was actually kind of fun to pull this all apart, I know I have a warped sense of fun (no pun intended).
So this is what I had at the end. A big pile of purple yarn that was all chopped up and ready for the trash bin, and saved Berocco Lace yarn ready to be used again.
I am not upset, this really was a learning experience for me. Just like knitting or crochet, every project teaches you something and hopefully you can remember that something and not make the same mistake twice. I have learned more about using two yarns with different fiber contents, learned more about the how loose or tight I like to weave, and of course what happens when the yarn snags at the end of the project, not a pretty or fixable outcome. And last but not least I have learned how to dismantle a project to save some yarn, even though I wasted a whole lot of other yarn.
My plan for this afternoon is to warp another project. Lucky for me I enjoy the process.
I want to thank Tracey Yarn and Pencil for a lovely award. I appreciate you thinking about me Tracey. I am honored.
Oh and Craftsy is having a big 50% off sale. I just bought my second weaving class for $14.99. You might find a class over there you might want to take at a very reasonable price.
Have a great day.