Friday, February 19, 2010

variegated yarn

This yarn has been a problem for me. I have made a full sized shawl out of it, and tried to make a scarf out of it. Nothing seemed work for me. I really did not like the way that the colors pooled in the garments.

I saw on a tutorial, (that I really can't remember where, sorry) about winding variegated yarns around in a circle, matching the spaced dyed colors, so that they are a false IKAT. I immediately thought of this poor yarn that had really had me scratching my head.

10 Yards seemed to be the magic number, and I used only one skein of the three that I have, so if this works out I should be able to repeat it. I think it looks good!

Last year, I found about 12 cones of black chenille at the Salvation Army. I told the other weavers all about it, and we bought all the cones they had. I ended up with one cone at my house and I thought about using it with this yarn.

The wpi are pretty close. I settled 11 epi which gives me 8 inches in the reed. I will be using an 8 harness pattern, Kathryn my new/old 8 harness loom will finally have something on her. I am alternating the vari wool and the black. I am also alternating which end of the vari warp I pull from. Should be interesting.

Next I will thread up the bread cloths on Lillian and the scarf
on Kathryn and I will finally feel like I am getting somewhere. I am not finding the time I thought I had available to weave.

I must look at this more closely this week and see if I can fix that without neglecting my other obligations.

Happy Weaving, Tina


Anonymous said...

I think all of us have days where we wonder where the time went and why didn't I get to my loom. You'll work it out!!!
The scarf's going to be awesome! Thinking about making it like ikat without having dyed it is neat and I can't wait to see the finished scarf! Adding black is going to set it off very nicely!

LA said...

Isn't it funny how we pick up little bits of information from the blogs we read!!!! I remember reading that blog you mentioned, but I don't remember now which one it was! But, I've learned so much from all the weavers I know AND the weavers in "blog-land"!!!

Bonnie said...

I think that is going to be beautiful. Yeah, I know what you mean. Where does all the time go. In fact where does the month go?? It seems the older I get the faster the time goes by.