The Week in Projects: September 10, 2017

Welcome back! It wasn’t the most productive of project weeks, but I did get some spinning (and weaving) in.

I don’t know if I’m supposed to spill the beans on this one yet, but my friends over at Napa Valley Fiber came up with this lovely, lovely kit and I had to do something with it before I went crazy! Nearly 400 yards of two ply sockish weight worked up so fast!

I wanted to give up adulting to play with this!

It’s hard to get the colors right, but it’s this rich black/charcoal with bits of turquoise and pink and gold in it. The gold bamboo makes it look like I gold leafed it. It’s really wonderful. And it’s so smooshy!

Next up, I decided to try weaving with the Unicorn Vomit. Here’s Loomikins all warped up and ready to go.

I should learn to do math before I warp Loomikins

It wasn’t until I was sleying* Loomikins did I get the bright idea of doing the math before setting things up so I could make sure I had enough yarn for this project. I never did the math, but I’m pretty sure I don’t have enough yarn to finish the project.

I went a little crazy digging through the stash looking for suitable yarns (I still can’t find this skein of Koigu I’m sure I still have. Somewhere.) and I settled on this pastel neon rainbow yarn from a kit I bought at a fiber festival many, many moons ago. I don’t know where the pattern went (probably shacked up with the Koigu) and I know nothing about the yarn other than it’s alpaca. No idea about who I bought it from or what brand (if any) the yarn is.

Color-wise, I think it looks ok. Tone-wise, I’m not sure. It’s lighter and brighter and it’s different. I don’t know. I do know this whole yarn didn’t turn out how I expected, and weaving was probably not the way to test what I was trying to do, but I’m a little committed now, and I might just love it and think it’s the best thing ever. I’m trying to trust my muse here. I just hope she shares what she’s smoking. 🙂

Stay tuned for more adventures next week!

*Sleying means to get the threads in the slots and holes of the reed/heddle (the white thing the strings are going through in the photo) before you start weaving so you can move the heddle up and down to weave. It moves the threads so it’s not over-under on every row.