Thursday, November 3, 2011

Looming Around

Or maybe I should say "looming a round", which is exactly what I did in my latest weaving project.

For those of you who have experienced the joy of a quick cowl knit up in bulky weight yarn- you ain't seen nothing yet!  Oh- the pleasure of weaving with chunky weight yarn might just surpass the glee produced with an "instant gratification knit".


After warping my little loom (which honestly didn't take more than 20 minutes), I probably spent under a half hour actually weaving this cowl.  If I would've left it as a chunky scarf, that would have been it!



I did decide that I wanted to experiment a bit and see if I could produce a round cowl from my loom.  So, the most time was invested weaving each end in to the other end.  It did produce a seam (as seen below), but it is hardly noticeable while on.


I am still quite in love with the look of woven fabric, and now I feel I have seen a range of what a simple rigid heddle loom can produce.  From lace weight to bulky weight, it seems you can't go wrong.


What do you think?  I think I just found my new favorite cowl!

Loom: Schacht Cricket
Yarn: Cascade Magnum (just over half a skein?)
Raveled: here

29 comments:

  1. I love it! what an amazing cowl!!

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  2. Oh, it looks so fluffy and cozy!

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  3. This could almost convince me to get a loom. Fantastic cowl.

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  4. I want one! Do you have any recommendations on a good book to learn how to use a rigid heddle loom or a good pattern book?

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  5. Growing up, my best friend's mom had a loom in her living room. It was one of those GIANT floor looms and they almost never used it. I had this prejudice against looms because of that I think. It just took up so much space for something seemingly useless.

    You have proved my prejudice wrong. Seeing the beautiful projects you've done with your small loom, now I dream of the day I make the leap and start with a loom of my own. :)

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  6. I knit a cowl in coral-colored super-bulky baby alpaca in seed stitch last winter, and it is my favorite accessory. It's so fat and chunky and warm! Your cowl is absolutely gorgeous and took a LOT less time than knitting mine!

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  7. Certainly this is opening my eyes to the versatility of looming - never woulda thunk it! That is great looking and not at all what I am used to re weaving :) :)

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  8. Oh my gosh this is BEAUTIFUL!!! You should sell these! Seriously. I know there are LOADS of people that would buy it - like me :)

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  9. It looks so cozy I can't even stand it! I may need to ask Santa for a loom this Christmas so I can try too....

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  10. A 1 hour cowl! That's amazing. And it looks so soft and cozy!

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  11. it's GORGEOUS! And ONE HOUR. nice!! GAH, getting a loom sounds better and better to me.

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  12. Oh, now I want a loom! Looks Great!

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  13. This is gorgeous! I'm sold--now I'm off to read your weaving archives.

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  14. Looks so beautiful!! and cozy. and soft. and awesome!

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  15. That is gorgeous! WOW! I want one now for myself!

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  16. Quite stunning. what yarn did you use?

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  17. Oh, I like the looks of that! I may just have to investigate weaving one of these days!

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  18. What a stunner! AND it only took half a skein?! Wow. Seems like a pretty great idea for Christmas gifts, too. I need a loom pronto!!

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  19. I love this chunky woven cowl!

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  20. When I saw your first post about your new rigid heddle loom, it "spoke" to me. A few months later, and after two day-long sessions of weaving instructions, I am the proud owner of a 24" Ashford rigid heddle loom! I love weaving--it is very Zen when you use great yarn and simple patterns. Thanks, Melynda, for guiding me toward my new hobby!!

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  21. This is really beautiful. Did you move up your cowl bit by bit to make such a long piece on the loom?

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  22. love it, and the idea of weaving the ends into the ends. Clever!

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  23. wow its so beautiful! love the look of woven things. This looks so classy, and it goes with everything doesnt it?

    follow you since a while, dont remember if i ever commented before. anyways, love your stuff =P

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  24. WOW! I even have random Magnum lying around. Did you have any trouble warping the loom with Magnum? I'm very newbie at weaving and thought the weft (?) had to be pretty strong. Surely that half hour didn't include warping....?

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  25. @CarrieWarping probably took about 15 minutes. I had to be kind of careful while doing the whole cowl, since I was basically working with roving. You just need the right amount of finesse :-)

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  26. I have been looking for an image of a woven cowl for a while. I'm a weaver, and although I get the cowl pattern idea, woven was something I couldn't seem to 'see' without a sewn connection. This I will have to try. Do you mind me asking how long your woven scarf was before turned it into a cowl loop? It looks great. I'm all for new yarns on the loom - floor or ridgid heddle.

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