Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Weaving Wednesday: Handspun Edition

The ginormous yellow handspun wrap is still on the loom. I've woven about 35 inches, which is not quite halfway, but it's getting there. For the most part, I am loving how it's weaving up, although there is some warp wonkiness here and there: while it started out being very uniform in terms of tension, I now have a few misbehaving strands that need to have weights added to them. It's not the end of the world, but it seems like every time I advance the warp, a new issue pops up!

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I can deal with the many opportunities to learn something new from this project (even if it's what not to do), so long as I am liking the results - after all, this is only my fourth weaving project! I'm sure it will be many years before I have a weaving project that goes smoothly from start to finish.

The weft yarn is spun from 8 oz of superwash merino from Cloudlover Fiber in the Quick's Point colorway she dyed for Knitting Sarah a few years back. I'm so bummed that Cloudlover is no more; apparently I was under a rock last September when she announced that she was taking a break from dyeing, and I totally missed the boat on hoarding more Cloudlover fibers in my stash. I think I have just a precious few unspun braids that I'll have to ration out til she come out of hibernation - though I noticed that the website no longer exists. That's not a good sign!

I know there is a lot of amazing hand-dyed fiber out there, and I love trying it all out, but there was just something special about Cloudlover. It was the kind of fiber I would go back to again and again, always with amazing results. I was really hoping to see the Cloudlover booth at YarnCon this past April, but no such luck. I guess I'll have to cross my fingers for Wisconsin Sheep and Wool this fall!

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