Jillian”s Spinning: Zoom Looming and My Rhinebeck Sweater
The mythical Rhinebeck sweater, sigh. Mine is just not going to happen. I can’t quit making samples for my classes, plus I found a boo-boo, waaay back that I don’t think I can live with. I will bask in the gorgeous glow of all of the other Rhinebeck sweaters that did get done and dream of next year’s sweater.
I did get a little side tracked this week. I played with my Zoom Loom and some handspun. Do you have one of these yet? They are completely addictive.
I think it’s a gorgeous way to show off handspun.
The orange square is a worsted Merino, the green square is a light worsted BFL singles and the blue-brown square is a Merino and BFL/tussah. For the eagle-eyed out there, the blue one is my Rhinebeck sweater yarn.
The orange square is pretty stiff, handspun worsted is hard to pack onto the loom. I love how it looks and the square was an excellent foil for- embroidery.
I want to use this as a patch on something, I love it! I didn’t spin the embroidery thread, that will be one of my next exploratory spinning projects.
The green square, was loose-ish and has a great soft hand. I would like to make several squares from low twist singles and make them into a scarf. Probably crocheted together like this gorgeous purple scarf. I don’t know how to crochet, so that’s on my list now too. My list of learning new things is getting long.
The blue square made me do a little dance. The yarn has flecks of sheen from the silk in one of the plies. I thought it might be lost in the weaving, but I was 100% wrong. It doesn’t show well in the photos, but the flecks of sheen are magnified in the woven square, becasue of the placement of the threads in weaving, the sheen flashes at every spot it floats over a warp thread.
I got even more excited when I laid the square on my sweater in progress knit from the same yarn. I love the combination of textures from the same yarn. I’m thinking that woven squares will make great pockets on the sweater.
Jillian is the author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts.
She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing.
Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com