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March 22, 2012
Handspun Erato

I've been wanting to make one of Romi's Small Shawls for a long time and when this pattern came out, I knew it was "the one"

Handpsun Erato

My Snow Iris's match perfectly!

Snow Iris

Starting with some gorgeous Rambouillet Fiber in Polar Night from Julie Spins - I spun 4.7 ounces/ 597 yards of sport weight regular 3 ply. This was the 1st handpainted roving that I bought when I got my wheel 2 years ago - I still can't get over how rich and beautiful it is!

Rambouilet Fiber Spinning Rambouilet

Rambouilet Handspun

I have never had a shawl fit/stay on my shoulders so well - the shaping is such that it just stays there!

Handspun Erato

The handspun yarn created such soft subtle striping - perfect for this pattern!

Pattern: Erato (Ravelry Link) by Rosemary Hill
Yarn: 3.7 ounces (107 grams) - approx. 475 yards of 3 ply Handspun Rambouillet in Polar Nights dyed by Julie Spins
Needles: circular 40" US 5 (3.75,mm)
Size: 21" length; 42" across shoulders; 47" around neck - perfect size for me! Did one repeat of chart H (I had enough yarn for another, but liked the ratio of edging to body after 1 repeat)
Mods: Heavier yarn/bigger needles - otherwise made it exactly as written - a very detailed wonderful pattern!

Here is how I blocked it. As I said before - I like the shape of this shawl!

Erato Shawl

a close up of the pretty lace edging - I love the little flair out garter wedges!

Erato Edging

and lastly a view from the front

Handspun Erato

A completely enjoyable project from spin to finish!

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March 14, 2012
Romeo and Juliet Woven Scarf

Well, considering I completely messed up and didn't use my loom correctly (had the down heddle positioned in the wrong place so had to have warp very loose to accomodate - oooops ....NO WONDER I was having trouble!) , I still love my 1st handwoven scarf :)

Try to disregard the under neck wrinkles - yikes!

handwoven handspun scarf

fiber bobbins
handspun
Fiber is Fat Cat Knits Falkland Wool in Romeo and Juliet colorway. I spun each bump separately into a fingering weight regular 3 ply...the plan was socks, but the day I finished spinning, my loom arrived and I had to weave it instead - I have enough socks anyway :)
Each skein is 67 grams/ 230 yards

handspun handwoven scarf

Yarn: Fat Cat Knits Handspun Falkland Wool - 3 ply fingering weight. 67 grams Romeo for warp and 60 grams Juliet for weft
Size: 9" X 58" without fringe (which is 3 1/2" each side)
Warp and Weft Specifications:
10 dent rigid heddle
Sett:10 ends/inch
Weaving width: 9.5"
Picks: 10 ppi
Warp Length: 82"
Warp Ends: 96
Finishing: hemstitched ends (3 per stitch) - 3 1/2" fringe

I attempted a balanced weave so both Romeo and Juliet would show up (they are now entwined forever - I like my ending to the story better than the real version)

In the picture below you can see the hemstitching which I think makes a nice flat edging for this drapey scarf. I'm not a big fringe lover so cut this down to 3 1/2". The scarf is beautiful despite my VERY steep learning curve. The fabric is wonderful!

scarf hem

handwoven handspun scarf

My 2nd project is on the loom - a one skein scarf with yarn (Misti Alpaca) chosen by my daughter. It is already SO much easier since I'm using the loom correctly - that helps a lot! My selvedges are much improved and the weave is flatter and straighter. I think weaving is going to end up being colorplay for me - I'm more excited about color possibilities than I am about texture choices.


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March 7, 2012
Whooops - A New Fiber Adventure

So - I got this book at the library last week and was instantly smitten. I ordered my 20" Schacht Flip on Friday - got it on Monday and was weaving Tuesday - wahoooo :)

Romeo and Juliet Falkland

I'm turning Fat Cat Knits Mixed Blessing Falkland Wool "Romeo and Juliet" into cloth.

Schacht Flip

A little wobbly-I definitely have some learning to do, but I am loving every minute of it!

Close up

Until this point I have never woven anything except for MANY potholders as a child. My Mom would get the huge bags of cotton loops and I would be mesmerized for hours on end - Should have known I would end up here!


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