May 29

Warped

Weaving on a Cricket 10" Loom

Cricket Loom and scarf in progress

Warp Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca Worsted, 50% Alpaca, 50% Wool, “Grapefruit Mix”
Weft Yarn: Plymouth Gina, 100% wool, Color No. 5

For several weeks, I’ve had the idea that I’d love to learn how to weave, and had placed it on my mental list of things to try in the future. But I couldn’t stop noticing weaving being mentioned everywhere — and seeing beautiful projects on blogs and Ravelry. I was in the shop this past Friday, and checked to see when the next weaving class would be. There was one scheduled for the next day and nobody had signed up yet. (A sign?) Naturally, I had to take the class. I had heard so many people say how they were discouraged by how tedious it was to warp a loom, but I actually liked that part. I enjoyed the actual weaving too! The hallmark of a successful weaving project is planning — and then planning some more. Each row of weaving requires mindfulness and attention. I’d definitely call it meditative.

One of the supposed positive features of weaving (for knitters) is “stashbusting” — but I know myself. If I had a loom, I’d want to experiment with fibers that aren’t already in my stash. I certainly don’t want to be limited — and I don’t want to fool myself by saying that I’ll commit myself only to weaving from my stash! So that was the first hurdle — being honest with myself about how I’d use a loom and planning accordingly. I haven’t fully committed to buying my first loom yet, and I’m not in a hurry. My focus right now is on finishing what I started on the shop’s 10″ Cricket and then tackling the rest of my knitting projects. Advice and suggestions from weavers is appreciated!

And in the vein of learning and trying new things, SoKnitPicky and I got our hands dirty and tried this too:

It was a lot of fun and required a lot more upper body strength than I expected. I’d definitely do it again now that I know what to expect; I also want to try throwing a bowl that doesn’t have such an “interesting” design. I can’t wait to see what it looks like after it’s glazed!

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12 comments

12 comments!!!

  1. Rebecca says:

    Oh my, you’ve been so busy. I have always secretly wanted to weave too, I shall be watching your progress, it is looking beautiful already.

  2. kim says:

    Janet, that is so cool. I have one I have never taken out of the box. I was thinking of getting rid of it.

  3. carol says:

    The weaving projects you faved certainly caught my eye! Such beautiful use of colors! Can’t wait to see your finished product; it looks very pretty already! I’ve always been interested but never have tried my hand at it. Took pottery in college, but not the wheel! ha!

  4. cauchy09 says:

    oh geez, your weaving looks great! i cannot start a new hobby. i cannot start a new hobby.

    • Janet says:

      That’s exactly what I said . . . right up until I warped the loom! Think about it though — you’re basically creating even weave “fabric” — perfect for cross-stitching. I have a feeling you would love it.

  5. SoKnitpicky says:

    So fun! I have it marked on my calendar to call her after we get back!

  6. Jerri says:

    This is so freaking cool! Will you be taking more classes or lessons?

    • Janet says:

      For which one? Weaving? Pottery? ;-) I’m likely not taking pottery classes any time soon, but it’s on my bucket list. Weaving, on the other hand . . . . there’s a lot more of that in my future!

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