Gobble, Gobble!

Can you say F-U-L-L?!

That would be me right now.  :)

I jumped on here for a minute to update since there was some light out and I had the day off.  I wanted to show y’all my first, surviving handwoven…right after I show you my swatch for my sock.

This was one of the cable yarns I spun with a set of duets from Sosae Caetano.  Finally! It’s a challenge in Sosae’s Rav group to get some socks done for the month of November.  You’ve got to pop over there and see some of those gorgeous socks! I hadn’t started yet and I have to get done before November is over.  So, I had to choose from one of my precious skeins of handspun I made from her collection of fiber.  You know those are my faves in my stash, right?  I was kinda stuck, lol! But, since I had two cable yarns, I figured, I would still have one of those left in the end.  ;)

I really didn’t know what to expect from knitting a sock with a cable yarn.  See the structure?

But I have to say, I love how this is knitting up already!

Okay, back to the handwoven.

It’s done.  And I don’t know where I read I would get that done in three hours, but, as you can see, it didn’t work for me, lol.

SO.  It’s time to inspect.

Let me first start by saying, whenever I learn something new, I make a million mistakes.  It’s just my way of learning.  So, y’all saw me flounder into spinning.  Now I get to do it all over again with weaving.  Sigh. I don’t know why I do this to myself.  LOL! 

I did get a little better from when I first started this project…

See that edge up there?  That’s one of the things that was holding me up.  Looks like a dog chewed on it. It’s also really tightly woven in the beginning.  I had a problem with that.  Uknown stressors?  I dunno.  But, there it was.

Toward the end, just when I was getting a good rhythm, I loosened up a bit and the edges came together a little better.  Not perfect yet.  But, I think they’ll pass.

And the weave (or web, I think it’s called sometimes) got a little more open.  I like that much better! I noticed toward the end of the weaving, I was using a significant amount of tension on the warp…much more than I had in the beginning.  Part of the issue was that there was a break in the yarn on the warp yarn.  I never would have known it was there coming out of the ball that came with the loom. Because it was my first weaving project (almost), I didn’t know what kind of problems, if any, that would present.  So, I decided to warp right along through it. When it came up into the shed, moving the reed over it was an issue.  It kept snagging-which was a bug.  But beyond that, it also kept loosening unbeknownst to me, until it came apart.  Picture me putting that back together while trying to finish! But I did it.  See?

That’s what it looks like when you have a break and you weave through it.  I’m sure I’m not the first with this problem. Have you ever seen a woven piece with a little bit that looks like the yarn is a little thicker in that area?  That’s probably where a break is.  Apparently, if you weave through it, it won’t unravel, so it’s a non-issue.  I think aesthetically, it adds a little character too.

Nevertheless, after that, I started using more tension.  Somehow, I liked that bit of tightening a LOT better.  And the weaving went faster too.  I kept going until the weft yarn ran out.  I really think that increased tension helped on the edges and the web as a whole.

There’s something really yummy about the folds of a handwoven.  :)

I could just gobble them up!

I couldn’t help it. ;)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Comments

  1. uh oh…I never had even a teeny interest in weaving, not at all. until NOW. I love that purple and green combo, I love how squishy soft it looks. each and every imperfection makes it just a bit more awesome to me. hmmm, off to find out more about beginner looms. happy turkey day!

  2. So pretty.. I really like that scarf a lot! I’d wear it :)

  3. It’s absolutely beautiful!

  4. Your weaving is beautiful!!! I have yet to finish learning to weave on my Cricket and I really do need to :) Lovely handspun too and the colors are great!

  5. I love both – the socks and especially the woven scarf! It is SO beautiful … Really! Usually, I am not a big fan of the combination between green and purple – but this is really, really sweet. Soothing even. WELL DONE! :D

  6. Beautiful! I just love how you treated the fringe. Nice work! :-)

  7. Both look amazing! Love the acid green with the purple. Excellent!

  8. I love the color combonation! It looks great. Nice job.

  9. I love your pretty purple scarf! The bits of green peeking through are even better. Nicely woven! (Can’t wait to see your socks either…cabled yarn is so cool.)

    • Thank you, Emily! I’m so green behind the ears. But I will be working on it over break…I want to see what a rainbow weave looks like!!

      I can’t wait to see these socks either lol. I STILL have to finish them!

  10. Oh, I absolutely love this purple woven scarf. You did a fantastic job. :-)

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