A few weeks ago, I visited Avalanche Looms and came away with this locally-produced wool. The yellow was dyed with goldenrod, the blue indigo. I discovered an unused hank of red in my stash, too, which was also a local yarn, and so I put them side by side on the table and thought, “Maybe.”
For this scarf, I used a 10 dent heddle on my Ashford folding table loom, and I skipped every other slot to make it 5 dpi. Just for fun, I wove a bunch of different twill patterns and some colorful plain weave stripes. I’ll admit, when this was on the loom I wasn’t certain what to think of it, especially because, once again, I forgot that a floating selvedge can be a friend. Off the loom, washed, dried on the radiator, and with the fringes twisted, I suddenly liked it. A lot! It’s my happy January scarf, something that adds a splash of color to the wintry world.
Moral of the story is to weave with wool. It’s always fun. I really like wool. And the local flavor makes it even more delightful.
This is another plain weave scarf on the Ashford Sampleit rigid heddle loom. The warp is Lion Brand Amazing, which is 50% wool / 50% acrylic. It’s pretty, but it’s sticky. I bought three skeins thinking I’d make three scarves, but I may use it as a weft the next time around.