So I said a while back that I was doing a project with sock yarn scraps that wasn't a hexipuff blanket (I like the little puffs but not the finished quilt - I'm more the mitered squares blanket type, really). I decided the best way to use some of my gorgeous leftover sock yarns was in a woven scarf. As I'm still a new weaver I make a lot of mistakes, and it's comforting to use yarn that I've already got my money's worth out of. That way, if I totally ruin a project, it doesn't lead to guilt. I try really hard not to let my hobbies induce feelings of guilt. Guilt can really mess up something that was supposed to be fun, and I'm not cool with that.
So, what does it look like?
- When instructions tell you to roll paper between layers of warp on the back bar, do it. It does make a huge, huge difference.
- Be careful when threading the reed. Otherwise you might end up with a goofy warp that has one extra thick strand. Woops.
- Wind the work on when the shed gets too small, rather than passing the shuttle through an unfeasibly small space and consistently picking up warp threads that are meant to be left alone.
- Weaving done on sproingy warp yarn shrinks a lot when it comes off the loom, and even more in the wash.
- Using multiple yarns of very different stretch and give in the warp will give you problems.
- If there's a manufacturer's knot in a warp thread replace it with a weavers knot or put the break at one end of the warp. It WILL come undone later, when you really don't have any space to fix it.
- The thing about the paper that we talked about earlier. Seriously.
Have one last picture - enjoy the pretty flowers on my two-foot-high bolted kale plants! They're not good for much other than looking at now that it's warm and they insist on reproducing rather than growing leaves (yes I did cut them back, no they won't be deterred, they're twitterpated and who am I to stand in the way of love?).