Woven Wraps

I’ve been mentioning my weaving projects for a while now so I thought I’d better get them all photographed, resized and sorted (this takes a long time). I’ve been alternating between my 30cm and 50cm Ashford Knitters looms.

These wraps were done on the 50cm loom.

The warp is two balls of Ashford Tekapo 100g 8ply in black and the weft is two balls of Noro Silk Garden 50g. Love the rustic look of these two yarns.

Noro Black 01 Noro Black 02 Noro Black 07The warp is 4 balls of Cleckheaton Country 50g in green and the weft is two balls of Noro Silk Garden 50g. I must say Noro is an awful wool that is full of VM but it does have some lovely colour changes and is perfect in a woven garment. It does become a bit softer when washed too. It’s quite expensive and not worth all the hype.

Noro Greens 01 Noro Greens 02 Noro Greens 03I’m so pleased I attended a couple of weaving workshops recently as it has helped me to finally master this hemming stitch which gives such a great finish. And the fringes were all done on my Ashford Fringe Twister. It is amazing and worth every cent!

Noro Greens 04 Noro Greens 05The warp and weft are a mixture of Lotus Yarns Winter Sun Aran, Lotus Yarns Winter Sun DK and Cleckheaton Riverina 5ply. I just made up this pattern. It was a bit tiresome tucking in all those ends but the end result was worth it! These yarns are all so soft so this wrap is incredibly soft and has a lovely drape.

Browns 03 Browns 05 Browns 08The warp and weft is six balls of Poems 100% 10ply wool. This is a rather long scarf. The colours are lovely muted autumn shades. I’ve had this wool in my stash for ages and now it’s finally been used!

Poems Wool 01 Poems Wool 02 Poems Wool 05 Poems Wool 07The following scarves were made on the 30cm loom.

The warp and weft are a mixture of Lotus Yarns Winter Sun Aran, Lotus Yarns Winter Sun DK and Cleckheaton Riverina 5ply. Similar to the one made on the 50cm loom but there’s no dark brown in this one.

Mocha 02Mocha 06 Mocha 07The warp is handspun mongrel alpaca (grey) and merino (Peacock blue) and the weft is all the handspun mongrel alpaca. I used a double thread throughout as this is some of my early spinning and was a bit uneven in places. The double thread really made a difference.

Grey Alpaca with Blue 02 Grey Alpaca with Blue 05 Grey Alpaca with Blue 07 Grey Alpaca with Blue 09So, as you can see, I have been quite busy weaving up a storm! Once the warp is on the loom, I love how quickly a garment is woven. And you can use so many textured handspun and commercial yarns. This is definitely a quick way to use your stash and believe me I need all the help I can get to do that!

I picked up a bit of 8ply cotton recently so I’m going to try and weave a kitchen mat in greens and oranges (what else!)

If you’ve ever thought about learning to weave, I can highly recommend it. And if you live in Brisbane (or Australia for that matter), one of our spinning group members is an Ashford representative and gives a 15% discount on Ashford looms 🙂

Until next time…

Melanie

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My Mocha Easy Peasy Vest – # 5

Well I did tell I was on a roll with this vest pattern didn’t I? I am very pleased with my Mocha Vest as it’s been a perfect stash busting project. About a year ago I bought a huge job lot of yarn on Ebay and included in the bag was quite a few balls of 5ply yarn in a light mocha colour (Cleckheaton Machinewash 5ply Crepe), brown (Patons Bluebell 5ply), red and blue. I decided to make another vest by using two strands of the 5ply yarn in the light mocha and brown. I had absolutely no idea whether I’d have enough yarn or how far I’d get into the vest before my yarn ran out.

Well the knitting gods must have been looking down on me as I did run out of yarn but at precisely the correct place on the vest…the front two straps. I had also previously bought 10 balls of another 5ply yarn which just happened to be the same light mocha colour so I finished off the straps using only a half a ball of the Cleckheaton 5ply Riverina yarn.

Vest Mocha 02

To add a bit of texture to the vest and for something different I K4, P4 and then alternated each row to give a basket weave effect. I’m really happy with the result.

Vest Mocha 04

I wore this vest to work last week and it fits like a dream and is soooo comfy!!

Vest Mocha 03

Here’s a close up of the pattern…

Vest Mocha 06

I’m so happy that I’m actually starting to work through my stash…..don’t worry it’ll take years to get through it all…..but at least it’s a start. At the rate I’m going, I’ll have hundreds of these vests!!

I hope you had a great weekend. I finished another vest, knitted a few rows on a baby pram blanket and started another pair of socks. Until next time…

Melanie