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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Handspun and Handwoven: What Can I Make?

I love my Cricket Loom!!!!!  It's small and portable and quick to warp.  I don't use a lot of yarn for a project, and the weaving goes much MUCH faster than knitting a similar scarf or piece of fabric.

I've made scarves, plaid coasters, more scarves, a belt and (sound of happy dancing feet) enough fabric to make a toddler-sized vest.  I call it "The Little Hippie Vest".  I lined it with soft, washed linen and made a pair of little khaki shorts to match.  Now all I need is a little hippie.

The yarn I used was the same corespun alpaca as I used in the scarf only this time I warped the loom with a finer yarn (Aunt Lydia's Crochet Bamboo) and used a higher sett (that means, more stitches per inch).  After washing and drying and ironing the piece, I laid out the pattern pieces and CUT my weaving.  Ok, yes, it felt evil.

A few hours later I had this outfit.  And I had used up a very so-so orphan yarn. And I had moved one step closer to TOTAL addiction to a wonderful new craft.

1 comment:

  1. Oooh, Kris!!! How adorable! It is lovely. Well done, indeed!