Sunday, January 8, 2012

New Things in the New Year

So it's 2012 and I am all in for trying new things this year. I started off with a bang, using alpaca from a local purveyor, Jaggerspun, and a yak/bamboo blend for two scarves I wanted to weave for men.

If you don't know me well, you might think, so what? Well, because I don't really do this kind of yarn. I'm a silk, tencel, bamboo kind of weaver. And don't forget they are usually a minimum of 60/2.

And guess what, I love it.

Here's the thing:: I usually laugh at Karen when she has a project going and she says 'I don't think I will have enough of ____ yarn." She says this a fair amount. Fill in the blank with your favorite yarn, she has probably run out of it in the middle of a project. I have been humbled. I can now fill in that blank my own self with Yak/Bamboo I can no longer get. I fortunately eked out enough of the yak to weave the first scarf, albeit a tad shorter than I had wanted (praying for not too much shrinkage).

This is what I know. Somewhere in my library(aka stash) I had to have something I could use. I started looking and lo and behold I came across what I call my "do do " yarn. As in #2. I bought this bamboo yarn quite awhile ago and I have no idea what I was thinking when I bought it; henceforth the name::do do. It looks like that, the color I mean. And I didn't just buy one cone, but several.

And lucky for me the do do yarn works quite nicely, if not better than I could hope for. Seems it gives more depth to the second scarf, or so it seems to me. The photo on the left is the first scarf with the yak in both warp and weft. The one on the left has the yak in the warp and the bamboo (aka do do yarn) in the weft. Let me know what you think.

And in this new year, I hope to try even more things in the world of weaving. Next up:: doubleweave open book style. Stay tuned!

1 comment:

  1. I see why you call it do do color, but it took me a while to see where you used it instead of the Grey, right?
    I think it looks good. Very nice pattern Barb.