A new toy came in the mail and completely derailed my morning’s plans.
Weaving is one of those arts that I’m not sure I could really get into since so much of it seems like set up to me (wrapping the warp) and so little of it seems like actual weaving. However, I’ve been wanting to give this little Zoom Loom a try for a while, and I’m glad I did. It was easy to learn, you essentially just wrap yarn around the pins along the edges in different ways for three layers, then you take a long pin and weave the remaining yarn over and under the established strands. I found the instructions to be really clear up until the point where you actually start weaving. Before that, the booklet was very specific about which pins you go between, but then it wasn’t.
In case anyone else was confused by this, here’s a little diagram. Notice that the pins are arranged in sets of 3 up and down the left and right sides of the loom. This photo was taken in the middle of a weaving action. The yarn came out on the right hand side below the pin marked with a pink circle. It was then threaded between the two pins marked with green circles and woven over, under, over, under, etc. the strands of yarn until it reached the left side. This is the important bit: the tip of the needle should be placed to the outside of the pink pin (below it). You can think of it as going around the outer edge of the group of three pins. The next step will be to pull the yarn through, then thread the needle from left to right between the two green pins, once again going over, under, over, under, etc. all the way across. If you look at the finished section below the needle, you’ll notice that the yarn wrapping around the sets of 3 needles should look kind of like an ‘m’. Hope that helps someone!
I did two squares. The left square was with a fingering weight yarn, BMFA Socks that Rock Lightweight. I kind of messed this one up a bit and I think it’s curling because STR is a very high twist yarn, but hey, it was my first. The right square was done with a DK weight yarn, Sanguine Gryphon Traveller. Both are 100% Merino wool but the Traveller is thicker and less tightly twisted, which made a nicer and more cohesive square overall. I timed myself, the second one took me 25 minutes to weave. They both measure about 3.75″ square. The real test will be whether I like sewing these little squares together into a larger project!
In other news, I finally perfected my sock toe! It took ripping back 3 times, but I’m happy with it now. At first I tried regular linen stitch to match the heel, but it was far too tight and pulled the fabric in too much. I frogged back further to begin the toe earlier and at Audry’s suggestion, I tried a plain knit row in between the linen stitch rows, which I think makes this technically a half linen stitch.
It’s bothering my OCD tendencies just a tad that the heel and the toe do not exactly match, but the different fabrics are both pleasing in their own right, and quite frankly I’m just not going to knit that toe again (well, until I reach the second toe). The fit is right, the proportions are right, so I’m just going to let it be.
Have you given weaving, or knitting ‘woven-like’ stitches, a try? What’s been inspiring you lately? Leave a comment below to share!
I’ve eyed weaving, but have decided that if I add one more hobby to my repertoire, I might burst the seams of my room. I could see myself taking a class at some point just to understand the basics, though.
What kind of project could those squares become? A blanket? A pocket for a coat?
These particular squares were just practice but I see them being great for blankets, pillow covers, table settings, hand towels, bags — lots of home goods type stuff. Maybe a scarf or stole.
Hmmm … I seem to recall you saying something along the lines of “Oh, that looks fun, but I’m going to live vicariously through you as you learn to weave!” The slope, she is slippery … 🙂
Hahahaha, yes. I couldn’t resist the little zoom loom!
Weaving looks like fun, but I have the same issues with set up versus time weaving. Maybe one day…
I haven’t tried toe socks yet. Any advice as to who’s recipe I should follow? I’m a visual learner so you tube or videos work for me. Do you prefer toe up to top down? Also have you tried the FLK heel. I bought the pattern but can’t follow it. I really need a video. Afterthought heels don’t work for me since I have a high arch, although I liked knitting it. Always enjoy your blog.
I learned socks from the Yarn Harlot’s book “Knitting Rules”. I like to do top-down socks with a heel flap and gusset, I also have high arches. The longer you knit the heel flap, the more room you will have in the gusset for your arches. I’m not sure I’ve heard of the FLK heel. I have a free sock pattern that has a photo tutorial for how to pick up gusset stitches if that helps: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ribby-holiday-socks. I’ve heard other people had luck with the photo tutorials at Silver’s Sock Class http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/SockClass_Start.htm. If you like videos, I would try Craftsy.com, they probably have some sock classes there. That’s how my mom learned to crochet.
Yea, looks like I might have to try the craftsy toe up class. Thanks
Woah, what a cool toe. And loom! I used to make potholders on those kiddie ones with the elastic bands, and this reminds me a lot of that – but for adults 🙂
First, I admire your patience with the sock. I had re-knitting — and often skip it when I should just dive in and make a project better.
As for weaving, I must recall my mantra: No new crafts!
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