I took up a new hobby . . . weaving!
Last week, I purchased a 15″ Cricket Loom from the Woolery’s online store. It was on sale so I figured if I didn’t take to weaving, I would be able to sell it secondhand without losing too much of my investment. Well, I shouldn’t have been so concerned about that.
Shipping was fast and arrived in just a couple of days.
I got hubby’s cordless screwdriver and went to town on the parts.
So let’s start with the Ugly.
After watching many a YouTube video on this particular loom, I was able to warp it with the included yarn . . .
I did not get to pick the colors that came with the loom. Suffice it to say, I was not inspired (because if you’ve ever seen my Ravelry projects, you’ll know that I really like colors–just not these).
As you can see, my end result had some issues.
Tension was really too tight on one side, my selvedge edges (the sides) were uneven and the colors were ghastly together. Look. At. That. Fringe! The lighting is accurate so what you’re seeing is actual ugliness. So, I gave it a soak, blocked it and chopped off the fringe.
It was straighter, but still ugly as hell. But a good practice run on yarn I didn’t care (at all!) about. Someone at the Goodwill will look at that and wonder, “WTF?”
So I took a little online class on Craftsy, Rigid Heddle Weaving with Angela Tong, and got right back up on that horse.
As I was weaving, hubby’s iTunes started playing Dream Weaver by Gary Wright, hence this scarf’s name.
Weaving with this yarn was much more enjoyable with the color changes and resulted in this:
And I did the twisted fringe as demonstrated in the Craftsy class.
So, overall a better result. Not so bad!
Third one’s a charm.
I think I have the hang of it now!
I started and ended with a hemstitch.
When it was done, I got smart and used my rotary cutter to cut the fringe!
And, with two very long pieces of yarn (warp and weft), it was good!
Quite happy with the colors and how they changed slowly.
Edges were nice and neat.
Gorgeous colors and very happy with the result!
Have you tried weaving yet? I highly recommend it as a great stash buster and a break from the same-old.
P.S. If you want more details of these projects, just click on the project titles above and you’ll be able to view my project notes.