Latest scarf in the shop

Just before Mother’s Day I had a lot of people looking for gifts for the ladies in their lives. I am so grateful to everyone who has supported me and my tiny little basement studio. I just wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude. I love to make things and each item is inspired by the yarn, or feelings I was having, or patterns, or something that has caught my eye, or nature and are crafted with joy and love. I hope all of the ladies who use the items that they were given last month can feel that.

In that spirit, I just finished a new scarf that I have added to the store. I saw a scarf in one of my weaving magazines that inspired me. I modified the design slightly to account for the yarns I opted to use – the charcoal color is a merino wool that was “ever so slightly” slighter than the teal yarn.

I wanted to try a different combination of weave structures than I have done in the past. This reminded me a lot of the Deflected Double Weave I have done in the past, but is far simpler. This is a simple plain weave (also know as tabby) with some really nice big floats. They aren’t too big though as they won’t get caught on fingers or rings as easily.

I loved the way it looked on the loom but what was even cooler was the way it looked once I had wet finished it. Everything scrunched up and got really squishy, yet the scarf stayed really light and airy. It is so super soft being made of special hand-dyed merino wool (the charcoal color) and I used a lovely Jaggerspun wool (teal yarn) to accompany it. Jaggerspun wool is used frequently in industrial weaving projects and items and I can see why now. The hand is perfectly delicious and will feel amazing against the skin. The bold color really brings out the great geometric patterns I wove and give it such a playful feel.

I just added this scarf to my shop and you can read more about it on the “Scarves” page under “Items Available”. I can ship or do contactless delivery (in the Portland Metro Area) if you are interested.

Up next are more kitchen towels. I have noticed my inventory is getting pretty low and I don’t have a huge selection. The first set will be inspired by traditional Norwegian kitchen towels. Stay tuned to see more!

A new scarf in the store!

Last weekend I wanted to try a new draft (pattern) I had seen in Handwoven Magazine. I really love their magazine to stir when it comes to inspiration, especially in this time when I am not able to get together with my weaving friends. I was waiting on yarn for a commission piece to arrive so I wanted a short project that would go quickly.

I knew what I wanted to weave and which fibers I wanted to use, but the colors were not talking to me. I have mentioned before that my yarns often tell me what they want to be, and this time nobody was talking. I had all sorts of colors and knew I wanted something bright and “springy”. I settled on Limonette Pale and Coquille – a pretty lime green and a really warm cream color. As I started weaving I knew I needed a 3rd color and all of the sudden it hit me – the design spoke to me and everything changed!

I decided I would modify the draft and add bands of black into the design. It was a good choice because it really gave the whole thing the pop I was looking for. As I wove the black bands I started to see these amazing shapes form that I was really loving, giving it a little bit of an art-deco feel.

But when I washed it, that is when the magic really happened! The tencel shrunk up a little bit and the weave got tighter. Looking at the “wrong side” of the scarf had me wondering if that should really be the “right side” too. Both sides are equally interesting to the eye.

I came up with the name as I remembered how in the Northwest we start off with a lot of grey and black as we come out of winter. It is pretty drab. The minute spring hits, everything is green and lush. The shapes in the scarf remind me of plants in my yard – all of the hashtag shapes blended and started looking like clovers or sorrels! It turned out really lovely and has an amazing drape to it.

This scarf is now for sale in the store! Click here to check it out.