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..

💕

the facts

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These birdseye maple floors were trapped under orange shag carpet when we moved in.

A chubby Arctic narwhal in a sweater is a little more than half the size of a skein of English wool, if you include his tooth, he’s bigger.

That’s a bag shaped basket, full of bags. It’s funny, the baskets body has a faux knitted texture, and the bags inside are for actual real knitting.

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A gift of small batch, minimal impact English wool, given to me from my friend in Nevada (who also made me the chubby Arctic narwhal).

That little English sheep looks sad.

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We needed new footstools, I swear the extra yarn storage was an added bonus. I can fit 62, 100g skeins of wool inside, are you happy now little English sheep?

I store my wool with scented soap chunks, my wool smells flipping amazing.

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Kiki weights as much as 81 skeins of English wool.