The Week in Projects: August 27, 2017

This wasn’t the most productive week in projects, even though I had two days off from the day job to just play. I did learn some stuff, though…

I started spinning the electric rainbow from last week’s fiber festival…I finished one bobbin and I’m about a quarter of the way through the second.

Spinning in process. It’s so more vibrant than the bobbin shows!

I started going through the yarn left from when I closed down Yay for J! and I decided to challenge myself and conduct a little experiment. I wound up twelve 20 yard skeins of yarn that doesn’t belong together, broke out the vari-dent reed that followed me home last week, set my warping peg for roughly 100″, and started warping Loomikins.

There was a little planning for this experiment…

The final warping order:

It doesn’t look too bad, really…

The final product on Kaley the Mannequin:

I really like how it came out. I’m glad I continued on…

Close up of the colors:

It’s really soft and smooshy too!

Here’s a summary of what I learned from this project:

  • 240 yards would’ve been enough to make a slightly narrower scarf. I added 10 yards of one of the colors because I freaked out. I’m glad I did for the sake of this project.
  • It was scary working with so many short lengths of yarn. I constantly felt like I didn’t have enough to even get halfway, but I really did have enough. It’s amazing how far 20 yards will go.
  • The vari-dent is cool, but I don’t know that I like thick yarns next to thin ones. The weaving is looser than I feel comfortable with on the one side (where the big holes are), but it seems to be ok.
  • If you’re gonna use the big holes, use a big yarn! I misjudged a few yarns (they were too skinny in my opinion).
  • Sometimes it’s worth finishing a project even though it seems like the ugliest thing you’ve ever done. I got disappointed when I was a little more than halfway and looked at everything I wove. It looked hideous. But I have to say, I like how it came out. It will look even better when I finish the finishing (adding beads and fluffing out the fuzzy yarns).

I kinda want to experiment with knitting/crocheting with the same batch of mini-skeins. We’ll see.  🙂

What do you think? Do you think the colors work together? Would you be interested in trying them yourself? Leave me a comment and let me know!