While as a knitter I’m many eons beyond my first scarf, but now that I have a loom I get to experience a whole new series of firsts, including a first scarf.
It is a total mess (my selveges SUCK) and not the kind of colors I like to wear, but oh is it ever exciting. When I look at the scarf I see possibilities, all the color combinations, the different possible textures, and a whole new way to use fibers, especially my handspun yarns that I find too overwhelming (or short) to knit into anything I might wear.
I learned so much while weaving this first scarf, you can almost see the learning curve in the scarf itself. The edges are too loose, then too tight and then just about right, the picks are too close, then too far then just about right. The motion of moving the heddle got smoother, the way I place the shuttle so that the yarn comes off smoothly became more natural.
I am excited to make more cloth, I already have my next project started, using up some mercerized cotton I bought back in university (which was more than a few years ago, although not that many). I am going to try to make it into a cowl, I will sew it to itself, we will see how it goes!
– Details –
Project Name: First Scarf
Draft: Cricket Scarf from Cricket Loom Pattern Booklet (came with the loom)
Recipient: Not Sure, I’m not sure I would wear it, but it is my first woven item so I will probably keep it in the bucket.
Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted
- I used the remainder of the green yarn for weft, but I was still a bit short, so I think I was doing more picks than designed for the pattern.
- Balanced Weave
- All of it!
- Yarn – Meh, It came with the kit so I used it, but I would rather use KnitPicks Wool of the Andes if I am going to get a standard wooly worsted I want the color selection available in WotA (and WotA Tweed and Tonal …)
Re-Weave?: I’m sure there are lots of plain weave scarves in my future, so technically yes, but I won’t be using these colors or yarns again.