Admitting the problem is the first step

Yup, it’s fair to say it… I’m addicted to this weaving thing.

When I got the green/brown wrap off the loom (pictures of that to come, I promise), I reluctantly tweeted Andrea to tell her she could have her loom back. She, however, was planning one more weekend away, and offered to let me hang onto the loom for an extra week.

For, uh, science, I said sure, and immediately started warping a new project.

blue sky apple laine

Blue Sky Apple Laine

The warp is two colours of Blue Sky Alpacas’ alpaca-silk, which I purchased at the Needle Emporium tent sale a few years ago. The weft is Apple Laine‘s Apple Pie yarn, in a soft brown-and-blue colourway called Winter’s Dawn. (Apple Laine is based in Russell, just south-east of Ottawa, and is one of the first indie dyers in that area that I ever became aware of. I bought this yarn on a trip to Ottawa to visit my grandmother a couple of years ago.)

These two yarns are, together, a great example of why the yarn categorization system can be so confusing to newbies and not-so-newbies. The Blue Sky yarn is listed as a DK, and the Apple Laine is listed as a fingering weight — but they’re virtually identical in diameter, and not that far apart in yardage, either. (In the photos above, the Blue Sky yarn actually looks thinner, but that’s because the warp is under more tension than the weft during the weaving.) To my eye and my hand, both of these feel like sport-weight yarns — heavier than fingering, but nowhere near a DK, either.

Anyway, these are weaving up really evenly together, and despite the fact that both have silk and other slippery fibres in them, the mohair in the Apple Laine is doing a really good job of gripping and keeping the fabric from being too shifty/slithery.

My skills are definitely improving from one piece to the next, too, and the tension is evening out. I got quite a thrill from seeing the diagonal lines of the dark warp threads against the lighter weft in some of the photos above; the fact that those lines are increasingly straight means that my weaving really is getting much more even.

Now… I’m about a quarter of the way through this scarf. Think I can finish it AND maybe one more small piece before I have to return the loom? (I’m thinking of these as Ravellenic Games challenges for myself…)

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4 responses to “Admitting the problem is the first step

  1. You totally have a new addiction. And now you want to finish this *and* something else?

  2. Oh, this is exactly the sort of project that’s making weaving catch my eye too, I love how the variegated yarn behaves. Beautiful!

    • Annie Bee

      Thanks! Yes, it’s really neat playing with handpainted yarns — such a different result from knitting with them! (I love both results, of course, it’s just fun to see new things happening!