I decided to start using up some of the leftovers, for this scarf, and picked a simple 2/2 twill with Oxblood for the warp and Lemon Yellow for the weft. I thought it would make an interesting scarf if I did a bunch of random back-and-forth with the twill, and it did. Then I realized that I was going to run out of yellow before the scarf was long enough, so I had to throw in a bunch of natural yarn to make up the difference, and I did it randomly in amongst the random twill. It made for an interesting effect, overall. If I had the choice, I would have rather it was just yellow, since I think that colour combination vibrates less, but as Tim Gunn would say: make it work.
I finished the fifth of the scarves last night, another hopsack weave in another crazy colour combination of Cascade 220. When I was winding these two beautiful heathered shades -- Pacific (blue) and Provence (orange) -- on the ball winder, they both made me swoon with how lovely they are, and I ended up craving two new cardigans, one of each. Put together in this scarf, I don't think they have quite enough contrast to really make it pop. I am still really happy with this one, though -- I think it looks pretty cool, and I'm sure some kid will love it.
Another hopsack scarf finished, and this one has another cool little design on it. Initially it made me think of a stack of one little inukshuk on top of another (apparently the plural of inukshuk is inuksuit, if you ever wanted to know) but now I sort of see chubby little men. At some point in the weaving it started to look to me like stacks of Space Invaders. I think this is one of those patterns that might look like something different to everyone who looks at it. I'm totally going to psychoanalyze all of you, if you tell me what you see.
The first colour combo I chose with the Cascade 220 is a bold one - a deep teal blue (Azure) with a lighter Lemon Yellow. I did this particular weaving draft in last year's scarves, as well, but in a colour combination that didn't have enough contrast. This one has lots of contrast, and in fact vibrates a bit when you look at it. I'm pretty sure that some kid will love this crazy scarf. I hope it gives them a bit of a puzzle, too, to figure out how there are vertical stripes on one side of the scarf and horizontal stripes on the other side.
Yesterday, I worked up a second colour combination with the three-colour hopsack. This time, I used the Peruvian Highland Wool in Peach for the warp and did the weft in Brick and Natural. As I mentioned, the gingham effect is much more successful this time, presumably because of the use of the Natural yarn.
Last winter, I did a series of woven scarves to donate to some kids who needed a little homemade love. As I mentioned at the time, they are so quick that it's like instant gratification and also a fun way to experiment with colour combinations and various weaving drafts. I decided to play some more this year, and stocked up on Cascade 220 when it was on sale at Webs in the springtime. I pulled it out the other day to start planning this series and then found a bag with some leftovers of Elann Peruvian Highland Wool, as well. So now I am well stocked, for a dozen or so scarves. Let the games begin.
The first draft I chose was a hopsack draft that uses one colour in the warp and two other colours in the weft. It makes a sort of faux gingham if the right colours are used, which is what I went for, here. The yarn is the Peruvian Highland Wool from Elann, in Peach, Brick, and Oxblood. I warped and wove this one on Tuesday. I like how it looks, in those warm autumn tones, but it's not exactly what I was going for. Today I am trying another colour combo which is working better - I'll show it off when it's been washed and dried.
Living life somewhere in the grey area between Liz Lemon and Nancy Botwin. I live with my beloved Heterosexual Life Mate (HLM), no kids, two beautiful feline ladies, and what I can only assume are self-replenishing stacks of fabric and yarn.
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