My Happy Scarf

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This year at the Vogue Knitting Live, I signed up for the class on the ‘Stashbuster Scarf’ woven on the rigid heddle loom.

I had already bought the loom two years ago, assembled it, and wove swatches.  But there was still something missing, so this time I decide that it was time I learnt it the ‘proper’ way.  Watching YouTube videos and following instructions on paper are all great, but I was still missing something and couldn’t get quick answers from videos and forums.  So off to class I went.

The class was taught by Deborah Jarchow, and she went over the basics of weaving and setting up the loom.  I ended up with an Ashford loom – I should have picked up the Cricket loom, which I have at home, but no matter.  After going through the yarn I had brought with me, we decided to work with the Lion Brand Microspun yarn for the warp and SWTC Bamboo for the weft.

I had picked those up at the last minute, after realizing that I might mess up bad and I didn’t want to waste the merino-silk that I had originally planned on bringing.  I was of two minds actually about this yarn – I wanted a worsted weight yarn, but I couldn’t find any that went well together.  This was a bit thin, and I already knew that working with this would take some time to finish the scarf.

Anyway, we proceeded to set up the warp …

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It wasn’t looking so bad, once we got going.  I was picking up tips and tricks during those ‘teachable moments’, and kept getting up to go over to the other table to watch how to fix a loop at the edge, how to attach new yarn at the weft, how to fix a skipped warp, not to pack it in so tight, unless I wanted a stiff scarf, etc.

Then, my OCD kicked in … it was getting a bit boring just using that one yarn as the weft.  What if I started adding the same yarn as on the warp? So I picked up a solid – the purple – and wove that in. That’s the dark block there on the scarf … Certainly a different effect.

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In the end, I didn’t finish the scarf and time was up.  It was only half the length done.   I took it off the loom and when I got home, I set it up again on the loom.  Deborah did say that I couldn’t work on it again, once taken off the loom.  But it was a practice scarf, anyway, so I set it up.  Well, for one thing, the tension wasn’t the same.  You can see that from the crooked lines.  I also lost the rhythm of the spacing on the weft – maybe because the tension was different too … and it was already late in the night.

Anyway, that’s my Happy Scarf – named by fellow weavers in the class because of the colours. I’ve water-blocked it, and I just need to clean up the ends.  Now all I need to do is work some more on the loom, and I should have a decent-looking scarf to actually use …

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KVL: Other Than Yarn …

There were so many things going on, I’m not sure I covered everything there was to see on the two floors.  And then of course I had to keep track of time, or else I’d spend too much time on one thing.

Uh-huh!

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Here’s what else was going on:

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Beads for crochet jewelry … this was the only thing I saw about crochet (other than books).
Soaps and lotions to make your hands soft …
Hexagonal needles …
Yarn tasting …
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Made with ribbon yarn .. it felt plastic-ky … and I thought it was made out of garbage bags cut into strips …

Edwina Sutherland and felted dolls


Hope you’ve enjoyed this as much as I have.

VKL: Qiviut Yarn

I was a little dazed, walking around and seeing all these yarn in beautiful, gorgeous colours.  All those luxury yarn names that I only read about, and I could actually see and feel what it’s like.  And dream of making something with them one day.

Like this current name that I’m only now hearing about … Qivuit.

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It’s supposedly softer, lighter, and warmer than any of the yarns out now, better than cashmere.  It’s from the undercoat or down of the Arctic muskox, and the most sought of fibers around the world because of its rarity, softness and warmth.  hmmm … I suppose if it keeps the Arctic muskox warm out there in almost year-round snow and cold, it should keep us humans warm as well.

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Since it’s so rare, a 28 gram ball of this retails in the range of $90 a ball.  Yep, $90.  So I guess I should have picked up one ball at this discounted price?  Well, it is a blend of fibers, but I still couldn’t bring myself to pay that much for a small ball of yarn.  And with the frigid weather we’ve had all week, that would have been the test to see if it really does keep you warm!  shucks … missed that chance.

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Maybe next year … for now I’ll just play with it some more.

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VKL: Sit and Knit for a While

I saw a lady knitting during the fashion show, and was sort of taken aback. She’s knitting, instead of watching the fashion show?

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Then I remembered … you can sit down and knit here, in public, and nobody would give it a second thought as to why you’re knitting. The only question would be: What are you making?

Hmmm … come to think of it … I didn’t see anybody crocheting. Must change that next year, don’t you think? 

VKL: What You Can Make With String and Needles

Here’s all the other fashions that caught my eye.  As I had said before, my fingers have not been itching yet to make any type of clothing such as these.  Perhaps some time in the future when I know I’ll have uninterrupted time to sit and learn how to make a sweater.

VKL: The Linen Stitch

I’ve been wanting to make something in the Linen Stitch pattern, and I actually started one last year. But since it didn’t look like anything what the pictures showed it should look like, I frogged it.
As I walked around, I kept seeing these scarves everywhere. And noticed that they were the Linen Stitch.

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Must be the pattern of the year.  I like the colour patterns that come out, when using a variegated yarn.  Somehow, it all comes together.

Definitely on my to-make list for this year.  Hope it’ll look as good as these ones do.