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Aah, Simplicity

After my early travails with my baby wrap warp, I decided to do something I've been meaning to for a very long time - weave with my hand spun.  I have several yarns available, (and many, many more bumps of fiber), but I've always put off weaving with some because I was afraid it wouldn't hold up to weaving.  Being self taught, I'm never fully confident in my finished yarn, so I've knit with it, knowing that I can easily correct a problem encountered while knitting, while also acknowledging that knitting does not put a strain on the yarn like weaving under tension does.  But I was desperate!  I needed something simple, yet beautiful; something to lift my soul quickly and easily.  So I took the plunge.

I chose 4 ounces of a merino/silk blend that was a Christmas gift one year from my hubby, and my first spin on my Matchless.  One of the main reasons I chose to try my first handwoven with this particular hand spun was the color - a beautiful turquoise, with small flec…

Begun, but...

So, after my woven towels, and my woven hand-dyed scarf, I was all excited to start by first baby wrap.  Winding the  warp went surprisingly well, and I had my 700+ threads done in record time.  I decided to use both the sectional parts of the loom and a raddle/non-sectional dowel.  After a very slow beaming process, where I would make half a turn of the beam, then make sure all the yarns were in the proper sections, I would then go to the front and give a yank on each section, and repeat. It.Took.Forever.  I would not recommend this method if you are beaming alone. That having been said, I did get the job done in one afternoon, and had much wonderful color on the loom, ready to thread.

The next time I was at the loom, I got most of the threading done without any issues, and finished the following day.

Sleying also went well, so I was thinking this project is going to be a breeze, since the actual weaving is just tabby.  Wrong-o!

I spent the better part of 2 hours yesterday weaving an…