I am thinking about weaving all the time. If you have read my blog for any amount of time you know I can get obsessed with a pattern or a project. That is why I will be sewing my sixth skirt this afternoon with the same pattern. I crocheted five of the same shawl pattern, made 17 felted bags one year for Christmas, made 7 drop stitch shawls for presents, and now it is weaving.
Here is scarf number two.
Made with Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool purchased last weekend at my local yarn store Knit n'Knibble. By the way they are having a big sale in June, it is also online, so hop over and see if there is anything you'd like, and keep checking back again and again.
This is thin yarn and should have been threaded through a different heddle. I think I need to buy a few more heddles for my loom so I have lots of options. I have two, the regular one it came with and one for very fine yarns. This scarf pulled in at the sides as I wove, I think I was a bit heavy handed, fighting to keep it tight and making it work instead of just lightening up. That sums up my personality too, I need to lighten up about a lot of things in my life.
I wound the warp too tight, I forced this scarf to be a scarf, but you know what it all ended up okay in the end. The edges are wonky, the weave not perfect, but in the end it turned out just fine. It is a soft, thin scarf, perfect for summer. It is 4 inches wide, (I was going for 5.5 in) and 51 inches long ( I was going for 58), not including the fringe.
I think I might learn a lesson or two about life as I sit at my loom. Sometimes you just have to let things go and see what is supposed to happen rather than forcing things to happen. In the end it usually ends up just fine, if not hopefully you can start over again.
Weaving is a great thing I can do at my kitchen table. I can weave a row or two when Little Buddy is playing with his cars, talking away in the background, like he did yesterday. He crawls over and checks on me and then goes back to pushing them around. I am not back in my craft room, I am out where he is. We can talk about things, colors and trucks, dinosaurs and opening and shutting the garage door (his new obsession). I can do one row or ten, it is easy to put down unlike knitting where I do not want to stop mid row.
I am taking the Craftsy class on Rigid Heddle Weaving, it is on sale right now for $14.99. I have enjoyed watching it so far, and am learning a lot. I watched episode 3 last night after I gave up weaving and watching my Rays lose to Boston, again.
This is going to be my first shawl. I have no idea how it is going to turn out. But I do know I do not have to force it, if it wants to be a shawl, than it will be. I am warping the loom with the purple yarn. This is the left overs from my purple Miette, sweater. If my calculations are correct I will have enough of this yarn to warp the whole loom. Wish me luck.
And thank you all for visiting and your lovely comments about my Tea Towel Bag. Sometimes when you make something you don't really have a great perspective about how it really has turned out. It might be better than you think or a lot worse, but because you made it you don't see it clearly.
Wishing you all a beautiful day.