Freestyle Woven Mobius Cowl in Autumn Colors, and Some Spinning

I want to say that my wool and yarn orders finally arrived just when I had given up any hope of seeing them!  And yes, I did get the right green, so I can now think about what to add to them when creating my batts for spinning.

I had mentioned before that I really like the Wingham merino and silk lap waste. You never know what you are going to get.  I had ordered two of these, but I only got one.  It was very easy to get a credit.  I had also ordered three other mixed blend rovings and it will be interesting to see how they spin.

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This is what was in the bag.

IMG_1130The five plain colors on the left have been put away to be used when making carded batts.  I started spinning the bundles from the right hand side.  There are a lot of unusual color combinations that I would never think to put together.

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I spun them all together into one jumbo single.  I will then wind them on the ball winder into their separate colors.  After that, I use the center pull ball ply method to ply them together.  When I finish plying one color, I will then loop the next color onto the previous one and continue plying.  When I have completed them all, I will wind the colors on the niddy noddy and separate them when I get to the next color.  This saves a lot of time.  I can then finish the similar colors together.  I spun this in two days, so I am giving my hands a little rest from spinning.

Before I spun up all of those little merino and silk bundles, I spun the leftover green bundles I had from the green and purple batch and got this lovely soft mint green yarn.

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Because I was still working out in my head what to weave next, I had the great idea to spin two commercial yarns together.  I had purchased two skeins of WOW’s Big Bang Super Chunky yarn in two different color ways.  They didn’t work out quite the way I hoped for felting.  I decided to ply it with WoW’s mohair boucle yarn.

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I set them and hung them out to dry.  I have used the pink in some weaving prior to plying and it does give a good texture, but I thought this would be better.  I am not inclined to use the boucle in weaving as it is quite thin even though I have used it before.  However, it is excellent for felting, but I don’t know when I will be doing any of that for the time being.

I also found some more roving that I had dyed with food coloring.

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The colors are not as bright as the camera wants to make it, but it is close.  The roving was starting to stick onto itself, so I grabbed sections and gave it a good tug which helped to loosen it a bit.  I then split the roving into sections and spun from it directly.

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I really like spinning from the hand dyed roving.  The merino is a little bit more crimpy and I find I can spin some finer yarn than I normally do.  It also doesn’t want to slip out of my hand.  The color here is not very inspiring and is really quite insipid.  I may or may not over dye it.  The color of warp may change it.  We will have to see.  In any case, this is a really lovely yarn and is very soft.

I also hit the charity shops on the weekend.  I had to drop some things off I no longer needed so took advantage of the nice weather and popped out for an hour to see what I could score.  I am not really supposed to buy anything, but it is for charity.  I only do it about once a month as I really don’t like going to the shops unless I have to, and I did.

IMG_1162I got all of this for just over a fiver.  I am only buying yarn I can’t make myself and that would add interest.  The four skeins in maroon are 100% superwash wool and would make a nice chunky warp or weft.  We have two types of eyelash yarn, fuzzy yarn, a beige cotton blend, some crochet cotton for tapestry weaving and a yarn with ribbon and a grey, white and black bobbly yarn.

Onto the weaving.  As I mentioned earlier, my yarn order also arrived.  In my order there was a skein of Fyberspates Vivacious 4 ply in Sea Green.  This is a 100% merino superwash in sock weight.  It is quite thin, but very strong and I decided to use some of it as warp.  I also decided to try my merino yarn that I recently spun into a jumbo skein.  For contrast, I also used the chunky wool and mohair I recently plied.

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Because I had a variety of chunky and thin yarns, I thought I would try out my varident reed for the first time.  The idea of a varident reed is to be able to warp different types of yarn together.  You will get sections of the different dents.  I used 7.5 on the ends, 5 for the merino hand spun, 10 for the center for the fine merino, and I made gaps for the super chunky yarn as the 2.0 section was for two warps and I only needed one.  There is a video on the Ashford YouTube channel where Esther Rodgers demos how to weave with art yarn with the varident.  I used the same yarns for weft as I did for the scarf in Autumn Colors.  Because I was making a small scarf, I wanted the focus to be on the blocks of teal with smaller stripes of goldenrod.  Here are some close-ups of the texture.

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This is the scarf before I washed it.  The weave is quite loose.  I really like the chunky weft yarn as it makes for an interesting texture.

Here we are after washing.  I hand washed in Woolite in warm water and gave it a good swish around.  After rinsing, I spun it in the washing machine and then I popped it in the tumble dryer on low for 10 minutes as the weave was still a bit loose.  This did the trick as the weave was a lot tighter without felting it or losing the texture of the hand spun yarn.  There was about 1.5-2 inch shrinkage on length and about 1.5 on the width, which is what I was hoping for.

Here it is all finished with a twisted fringe.  This scarf is so soft.  I really think that popping it into the dryer made a huge difference.  So much so, that I rewet the scarf in Autumn Colors and did the same.  It is definitely much softer now.  I might have to go through them all and redo again!

You wouldn’t think that these scarves were made with the same weft yarns.  The warp makes such a difference and changes colors optically.  The scarf on the right looks more green because of the brighter warp and the one on the left looks more teal because I used a teal warp that I also used for weft.  They both have texture, but also in different ways.  The texture on the long scarf was created by pulling bits of chunky weft up into a little bobble and also by the hand spun yarn.  The one on the right is purely created by the different warps and how they reacted with the weft.  I find this whole thing fascinating.  I am already thinking about the next scarf!

2 thoughts on “Freestyle Woven Mobius Cowl in Autumn Colors, and Some Spinning

    1. Thank you! The commercial yarn has flecks of each of those colors together and the warp yarn in the large scarf had all of them together, so I let the yarn do the talking. 🙂

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