No, I didn’t handspin any of these yarns. I dug into my stash and came up with yarns that are in the color wheelhouse of the recipient.
Yes, this is a gift. I am not, as you might be thinking, starting hilariously late. The person this is for will be celebrating holiday fun after the new year.
She loves wraps, shawls and scarves and wears them constantly. I’m going to weave her a wrap on my Cricket rigid heddle loom that is 10-12 inches wide and 60-70 inches long plus fringe. I haven’t done the math yet. Because for me the most important part is picking the yarns. This will be a openly woven wrap, how the warp look matters a lot. I did some quick warp wraps to see how the yarns looked side by side.
These three yarns are soft and all her colors. There is a deep purple sock yarn, a brushed wool in navy and an extremely pink mohair. I have the most of the navy brushed wool and will likely use it for weft, it’s soft and it will done down the pink a couple of degrees.
Happy as I was with my yarn selection, I was less thrilled when I started wrapping them to see how I might like the warp to play out.
It’s just not right. I know it’s not my thing color-wise, but I am just not excited by these wraps. Top left definitely needs more blue, the pink is taking over.
Double the blue in the top right helps balance the pink, especially if I’m using the blue as weft. Bottom left is a big no, the blue and purple are too close to be interesting to the giftee, and adding the pink in the bottom right makes the purple disappear.
I would like the purple better for this if I had more of it. I only have one skein, about 300 yards. In a perfect weaving world, I would double the yarn, and double the width in the warp, but I don’t have enough.
So of these four top right is the one possibility. I tossed out the purple and I went back into the stash.
I found something quite interesting, a variegated mohair.
Some of you might remark, those are your swampy colors, not the pink, blue, purple combo of the recipient. I know, but just look at them together.
The lavender in the variegated yarn play so well with the pink and the teal with the navy. The most perfect swampy green seems to take the pink down just a little.
It was worth trying a warp wrap. I do have only one skein of the new yarn. So if I like this it will dictate a lot as far as size of the finished wrap.
Of course I like it!
The color run of the variegated yarn is very short, which will make the weaving look more complex than it really is, Weaving bonus! I may reduce the pink. Or after doing another stash dive to see if that is really the only skein, I may increase the variegated.
Now I need to do a little math before I warp. Or I may throw caution to the wind and just start.
I’ll be taking next week off to spend time with my family, eat too many cookies and spin, knit and weave. I hope all of you get some time off next week to do the same. I’ll see you back here just after the new year!
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.
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