Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Ridgid Heddle Weaving With Self-Striping Sock Yarns
I've had a craving to weave for awhile, so I warped my loom with some self-striping sock yarns and pretty quickly had this lovely shawl.
I'd bought a battery-operated fringe twister, which I got to use for the first time. It makes fast work of this neat finish.
I used some inexpensive Premier self-striping sock yarns, warping with just over one ball of the purple, and with a little of the pink and the sparkly yarn. I find I get a beautiful result with these yarns, which produce a plaid-like fabric. For the weft I randomly alternated the rest of the purple with some solid purple sock yarn.
The sparkly yarn had some slubs, which fit through the 12 dpi heddle with little tugging. The yarn is a bit scratchy, so I think I'll use it more sparingly in the future. This was a Tuesday Morning find.
I impressed myself so much with this project, I immediately warped the loom again, this time with blues and greys. I figure I'll stockpile these shawls for gifts.
Here are some gratuitous pretty photos: the first, a fall scene taken at a rest stop when Michael and I returned from a weekend trip a couple of weeks ago. That yellow tree called out to me.
Another beauty shot: this time of my cat Louie, who posed so nicely for me.