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.

Zoom Looming
Zoom Looming

I think it’s a gorgeous way to show off handspun.

Three little squares.
Three little squares.

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.

Little blue leaf
Little blue leaf

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.

Pockets please!
Pockets please!

What creative sidetracks did you take this week?



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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

4 thoughts on “Jillian”s Spinning: Zoom Looming and My Rhinebeck Sweater

  1. Jen

    You’re absolutely right, how neat it is to see how yarn behaves when we use it in different ways! I know your sweater will be great, and you’ll get so much more use out of it when it’s colder!

  2. Maryann Gorman

    I am SO sidetracked right now that I don’t know where the actual tracks are, so I’m just going with the flow. I learned how to crochet, and Tunisian crochet, from Craftsy videos and I’m totally addicted to the Tunisian washcloths I’m making and the circled granny squares I’m doing in bright, happy colors. Then a co-worker, bless her heart, bought me a skein of squooshy hand-dyed merino from a fiber festival this weekend, with a simple little garter-and-lace pattern, and I just HAD to wind that and start knitting it last night before bed. I am also learning piecework on the sewing machine and have three small, un-quilted pieces plus the start of a much larger quilt in the craft room. The loom I bought last winter still sits waiting for its first warping. I mean… _whaaat_?!

    I highly recommend learning to crochet. While I’m not crazy about the overall look of crocheted fabrics, you can find some cool patterns; picking the right colors helps a lot too. Incorporating small crocheted bits into larger projects is a way to enjoy the craft without ending up with a fabric that looks too old-fashioned. It’s a really useful tool in the arsenal. It’s more “efficient” than knitting in that it builds up height more quickly, and it is way easier to fix mistakes. And Tunisian crochet is just a kick — a great combo of knitting and crochet.

  3. Joy

    Sidetracked?! It seems I stay that way! So many many things to explore! And now you flash this out before my eyes! Oh, my. Looks fun. Will the potholder loom work? I bought one for my grand-daughter to get used to weaving. Right now I’m making handmade paper, and using some to make jewelry pendants with flower petals with it encircled with copper wire. Also some free motion embroidery on the sewing machine, love how fast it works up. Oh, and have a mohair shawl I put aside for a week that I’m feeling guilty about and guess it needs to come out of hiding. There’s just not enough time in the day and then I get on the computer for more inspiration!!! What’s a girl to do?

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