Maybe the title of this post says it all, but trust me, if you are a knitter, crocheter, weaving, whatever, save yourself hours of frustration and swearing and just buy a yarn swift. I really don’t know how I got by until now and I have no idea why I resisted. I think it was because I just didn’t want to spend the money. Also, I’m not really into the gimmicky things. But I had a few Etsy sales in one week, so I decided to treat myself. Plus, this seemed to be a legit time saver, unlike my long gone Slap Chop. I’ve been doing a ton of weaving lately so I’m going through wool like crazy – and untangling that crap like nobody’s business. Sometimes I feel like I spend just as much time untangling my yarn as I do weaving (I’m being dramatic now).
Naturally, my next purchase should be a ball winder, but I actually don’t mind balling yarn by hand now – it is actually very relaxing (I know, I’m weird).
I bought my swift online from Knit Picks (it got good reviews, plus free shipping) and so far I have no complaints. It is sturdy and beautiful and I just want to ball yarn all day (not really).
On another note, I appear to be back from the dead and feeling somewhat normal again (I haven’t been that sick for at least a couple of years). So I’m hoping to be able to get a few things done in the yard this week, as well as get around to adding a few new items to my Etsy shop. Yay for feeling normal again!
So a few weeks back I wrote about making my first wee wall weaving. Since then, I have been weaving every chance I get. I made several more of the wee weavings (follow me on instagram if you want to see all my weavings), but I also started my first large weaving. I had considered purchasing another peg loom, but I instead decided to try out Loom & Spindle’s “small” loom (which I love! I just need to play with it a bit more). When I say small, it is actually very large compared to my mini peg loom. But of course, in comparison to some of the mega looms I’ve seen, this one is actually small-ish.
Making a larger weaving is much more time consuming, of course, but I also think it requires a lot more planning. With the wee weavings, I felt like I could just wing it and not have to do too much planning. With the larger weaving, you need to think about how much wool you’ll need, what sort of pattern you want to do, and so on. I’m really glad that I started out on the smaller weavings though because it allowed me to experiment and not feel bad if something didn’t turn out exactly the way I had hoped it would.
Selecting colors is the most difficult part for me. Naturally, I lean towards neutrals. So I decided to embrace my neutral tenancies for this first large weaving, choosing cream and greyish/brown. One thing I love about weaving is that it gives me a chance to use wool that is maybe a bit too scratchy for apparel, so most of what I use is that type of wool. I also stumbled upon some beautiful brown roving while I was at an out of town yarn shop, so I included some of that in my weaving for a pop of texture.
I am actually surprised at how much I am loving weaving. But, I do get obsessed with things that I instantly love (sewing, knitting, gardening), so I shouldn’t be surprised. Regardless, I’m finding myself thinking about weaving when I’m not doing it, and coming up with ways that I can sneak a little weaving in here and there between other projects.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about learning to weave and venturing in to other fiber arts that I wouldn’t have even dreamed about a year or so ago. I recently acquired an Inkle loom from my Mom who had an extra one on hand and I’m excited to give it a try. I would be grateful for any advice from those who have “inkled” – I discovered there is a fiber arts shop not too far from me (but out of town), so I’m going to venture there in the next few weeks and hope that they have a class. I’m also considering taking a yarn spinning class sometime in the next year thanks to a few instagram accounts that I follow – and it also turns out the agricultural college about an hour outside of town offers spinning courses. Who knows, maybe in a few years I’ll be spinning my own yarn. Now just imagine if I had my own sheep!