I Love Weaving, But I Dislike Knitting

We all live under the same sky.
But we do not all share the same horizons. Always remember to use what talents you possess…

For the woods would be very silent if only the birds that sang there were those that sang best.

Author unknown

Its nice to know that I don’t have to be the best to make something beautiful or at least presentable. I just need to move forward and get to the making!

Every time I warp up this Rapid Warp Rigid Heddle loom, I end up learning something, even if its how the yarn and fiber I chose to spin doesn’t work well on this particular loom.

Early in the wee hours of the night on Monday morning, I woke up at 2am. My brain was working again, coming up with ideas about how to weave and what yarns to use to do it, and itching to do more weaving.

I wanted to make a series of woven scarves out of a lot of handspun 100% Merino superwash randomly hand dyed by Traci Bunkers of Bonkers Fibers. I love her colorways and its always an adventure in seeing how and where the colors might pool!

However, the warp was so stretchy that no matter how hard I tried, I could not get a consistent plain weave or consistent tension on the warp. When advancing the warp, even just a little, my tension would be horridly messed up and my fell line would be waving up and down. After fighting with it throughout the day and only weaving about 4 inches, I gave up and unwove what little I had done and carefully unwound my handspun off of the loom.

Icame to the conclusion that attempting to weave this fiber and yarn was not meant to be on this weaving loom, though it does make an incredible knitting yarn. I do not knit very well.

I can knit up simplistic things like a knitted scarf all right as a stockinette or garter stitch pieces, or a simple type of ladder lace. But shaping as some sort of sweater is very confusing and difficult. I find it infuriating and frustrating since my stitch count is inevitably off by one or two stitches, either more or less and in spite of my efforts, I can’t figure out why.

The only way to fix it that I have found that works for me is to rip the entire thing out and start all over again.

Then I am faced with the struggle to cast on the correct number of stitches according to a pattern, even a simple one, where the tension on the cast on stitches is not too tight but very slightly loose yet consistent.

After struggling to cast on the quota minimum number of times, which is probably somewhere between 12 to 15 attempts, I want to set both the yarn and needles on fire and roast me up some marshmallows! Arrgh!

I think I will make another rug, only not one that is so long. I have some more of the 4 ply iron gray weft, but not as much as before. I can also try to use some of this 3 ply yarn spun from the same fleece, perhaps as another doubled up weft?! Or could this one work well without doubling it up for weft?

Things that make ya go “Hmmmmmmm!”

I also want to work up an alpaca scarf. Not sure how that will work. But at least the alpaca isn’t stretchy. Its pretty nice stuff, but it should stay put pretty well and behave itself, like the Romney warp and cotton warps both did.

Here’s hoping it will all work out.

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