SAORI Six

A gift for a friend – it has been opened and I can share. This is mostly cotton, some rayon, a little superwash wool. It could be a shawl, or it could be cut up and made into something. I’ve got some single strands of heavier weight yarn inlays, a little bit of clasped weft work, a wandering warp of gold, and some log cabin. Each warp and weft is two strands to make a denser fabric, except for the gold which is a heavier yarn.

Next on the loom might be something for me. Or it will be another planned gift, I haven’t yet decided.

SAORI Five

I realized I forgot to blog this, a gift I made in July.

It’s a mixture of mostly mohair and mohair blends, wool, and cotton. This was my first foray into mohair, and it was a bit of a challenge. I thought I was being smart by bracketing each mohair warp with a slick cotton warp (or at least not two mohair together), but that just wasn’t good enough to make it easy. When I crossed the warp, they stuck together with great familiarity.

Off the loom, pre-washing, you can see the variety in the warp – something like two cottons, three mohairs, and the gold wool. The weft was just two different mohairs, the lighter and darker grey.

I made this as a gift, finishing it at 1pm for an evening wedding. I hand washed it, and then draped it over an air conditioning vent with an additional fan.

A light open weave, it dried with hours to spare.

SAORI Six is on the loom. NO mohair. (But I have a mohair boucle with gigantic loops that emulates Persian lamb. When I feel like a challenge again, I’m going for it.)

SAORI Three

This is the warping board that my husband made for me. Side-to-side, the measurement between the pegs is a meter. I want a really short warp for this project because of the amount of yarn I have in these colors; it should be a wearable scarf. The warp cross between the two pegs in the center is the one that keeps the warps in my intended order. Nearby, I have scribbled onto a piece of paper: S L S L S S L S – and so forth. (Shiny, gLitter, Shiny, gLitter…) I’m trying for some irregular log cabin design, alternating between a shiny yarn, and one that looks like it has bits of tinsel. The portion of the warp that is log cabin is governed by the glitter yarn, as there’s just one skein, and I’m using it doubled everywhere as it’s very fine; I have more of the other three yarns. I’ve done calculations on the area that it will cover, and that math is governing the length and width of the warp.

Here’s the final warp, cut off the warping board and chained and braided. The shiny yarn is cotton and rayon, the green yarn is angora and wool and nylon, and the thick-and-thin dark purple yarn is wool and acrylic. The fine, fuzzy purple with the bits of tinsel is¬†mohair and nylon and polyester.

On the loom!

The subtle log cabin; subtle in contrast but not color. I’ve alternated “shiny” and “glitter” in portions of the weft, with irregular widths. The warp of the two colors is subtle as well. Next time I do a log cabin, I will use more contrast.

Complete!

SAORI Two complete, the caterpillar edition

This yarn is AWESOME. I am having so much fun seeing what patterns emerge, just weaving back and forth. There’s no planning, and most of these pattern changes are not because of a new bobbin of warp.

Argyle!

Solid stripes with something that makes me think of corduroy.

More stripes, with an argyle interlude.

Look at how even and planned it appears, and then poof! It becomes another pattern.

This is just so much fun.

The end. I used one skein of this yarn, plus a little more from a second to be able to use all the warp. I have another full skein of this yarn as well. I highly recommend using yarn with a short color repeat like this, and just going along for the ride to see what happens when you weave.

This is 4″ wide and 56″ long, and thick fabric. This was really great fun to weave. I have no clue what I will do with it.

Next warp is wider and using mixed yarns, including fuzzy and thick-and-thin yarn, and a planned pattern. I get to try out my warping board…