I got a Schacht Cricket rigid heddle loom at Christmas, but haven't put it to very much use yet. So far I've only made two scarves (my husband has also given it a try, making some hemp straps he'll impregnate with epoxy to make a lightweight but strong kite aerial photography rig), but I have grand plans for lots more weaving projects.
My first scarf was the project that came with the loom. The box included a ball each of Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted in "Blue Boy" and "Spring Green." I used pretty much all of the blue, and less of the green.
It's kind of a Kermitty scarf (well, maybe more of a "Kermit meets Cookie Monster" scarf), but it was a good introduction to basic weaving technique.
Sticking with the blue theme, here's my second woven scarf:
Sparkly Scarf by me
- Yarn 1: Handspun by me (Enchanted Knoll Farm Superwash Merino/Silk), colorway "Dragonfly" (445 yards / 116 g per skein), 0.73 skeins
- Yarn 2: Handspun by me (Tranquil Morning Farm Navajo Churro Lamb), color "Aqua" (122 yards / 60 g per skein), 0.28 skeins
- Reed: 8-dent
- # Ends: 58
I used two of my handspun yarns:
... and did a twisted fringe:
I don't know if you can tell, but the dark yarn is quite sparkly, thanks to Josette's magical fiber blend). This photo hints at the sparkle:
A few caveats:
I wish I'd made the scarf a little longer for ease of use. It's only about 46 and a half inches long excluding the fringe (about 56 and a half inches including the fringe. Also, the thicker, lighter-colored yarn is pretty much hidden where it is used as warp beneath the darker, thinner yarn that makes up most of the weft. You see hints of it, but it's not producing the plaid-effect I was going for. I like it anyway :)
Bug tried it out:
He says it's pretty comfy (and, of course, it matches his eyes)!
I have a bunch of yarn lined up for future projects... now I just need to make it happen :)