let me show you

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It started out in prairie, pretty, but not quite the right color.

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Let’s try gentian violet, oh I like this better and it matches the little bag I sewed.

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Still missing something, let’s add the funny little brooch Lex made me from one of my favorite childhood stickers,

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yeah, that’s exactly what it needed. ♡ You should come closer,

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no closer, now you can really see the beautiful stitches. (Buy the way this Merino/llama/silk/linen blend is rustic and lovely and a complete crochet dream.)

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If you come even closer, I’ll show you  my funny little brooch, it smelled of soap once upon a time when my collection was new, a time when scratch n’ sniff stickers were the reward for a job well done and I was totally obsessed. (This one in particular is a mello smello :)IMG_20180407_182805

Finished, but now you’re a little too close, if you would, please back up a bit.

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Perfect.

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Pattern: Driftless Scarf by Amanda ochocki (me 💕)

Yarn: Meadow by The Fibre Co. colorways Prairie & Gentian Violet

 

wove in 14 pictures

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It starts with just 2 skeins of sock yarn.

(75% sw Merino\ 25% nylon – not necessarily important, but something somewhat strong works best, because the warp is under the most stress)

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Direct warp on a 15″ rigid heddle loom.

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Weft yarn same as warp.

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Heddle up shuttle to the left, beat, heddle down shuttle to the right, beat, repeat.

(I keep my up = left & down = right consistent, that way I never undo what I just did :)

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Miles and miles of tidy edge plain tabby weaving. The trick to straight selvages, stay obsessed with weft tension.

(This can be tricky with sock yarn, that dang nylon not only adds strength, but also adds stretch, bounce and recoil, if you pull it too taunt, it can suck in and pucker the edge.
I also don’t over beat between passes, just a light kiss, leaving a little more open weave now will result it a more supple scarf later, it will pull in on itself (recoil) once it’s cut off the loom. Alternatively over beat if you want something more dense/stiff in the end.)

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Hemstitched. (4×3)

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Hot soapy soak and a little friction, to aid in the bloom. (rosewood scent)

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Blocked flat, trimmed fringe.

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A smidge longer than my usual 100″ and a bit mellower than I expected.
..completely in love..

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