We love working with Blue Sky Fibers, so when they debuted their new Eco-Cashmere and Woolstok Jumbo, we knew we had to weave with it. I came up with this fun, textured scarf that combines two very different sizes of yarn. Our variable dent reed made it all possible
Equipment: 10″ Cricket Loom
Weave Structure: Plain-weave
Finished Measurments: 4.5″ wide X 6.5′ long with fringe
Number of Warp Ends: 43 (40 Eco-Cashmere, 3 Woolstok Jumbo)
Warp Length: 2.3 yards
Width in Reed: Approximately 6.5″
Reed: 10″ Variable Dent Reed set up with two 8-dent reed sections side by side, with 1/2′ gap between them. Sley reed sections with Eco-Cashmere, then place one warp-length of Woolstok Jumbo on the each of the edges and through the middle of the two 8-dent sections for a total of 3 warps.
Weaving: Weave with Eco-Cashmere for 2.5″ then place a 10″ section of Woolstok Jumbo. Note: on the next pick of Eco-Cashmere, be sure to capture your selvedge edge.
Repeat this process along the whole warp, ending with a few picks of Eco Cashmere to secure the final pick of Woolstok Jumbo.
Finishing: Fringe-twist the Eco-Cashmere using two groups of 2 (you’ll have 2 groups of 3 in each Eco-Cashmere section. Trim Woolstock Jumbo ends to same length as twisted fringe. Hand wash in warm water to full. Squeeze out excess water by rolling in towel, hang or lay flat to dry.
The Cricket Loom is compact, capable, and cute! The Cricket is available in a 10″ or 15″ weaving widths. The Cricket is made of high-quality maple ply and hard maple and is left unfinished. Each Cricket comes with an 8-dent reed (sorry, no substitutions). We also have 5-, 10- and 12-dent reeds. Included are a threading hook, warping peg, table clamps, two shuttles, and two balls of yarn.
Now you can mix and match dents in your Flip or Cricket loom with our new Variable Dent Reed. An assortment of rigid heddle reed sections in a variety of dents can be inserted into our special rigid heddle frame for different setts in the same reed. The Variable Reed is a great tool for creating different densities in a fabric as well as using thick and thin yarns in the warp. You’ll think of lots of other uses as well.
Schacht’s Fringe Twister makes creating the final finishing touch quick, easy and comfortable. We’ve re-designed the traditional straight style twister into our curvaceous one. It wasn’t aesthetics that dictated this change, but rather functionality. The round shape will never jam like straight twisters tend to, allowing you to wind quickly and smoothly. Our Fringe Twister offers two hand winding positions, the handle or the turning wheel, Use whichever feels the most comfortable. The shapely handle is designed to be easy to hold for either right or left handed twisting. The threaded clips can be easily replaced if damaged; our Twister sports 3 of them, but you can use only 2 if that is what the project requires.
About Blue Sky Fibers:
Blue Sky Fibers started as a pet project, of sorts. Shortly after graduating college, owner/founder Linda Niemeyer’s curious preoccupation with Alpacas led to her buying one. Soon Linda found herself with a lot of yarn on hand. She took it to a nearby yarn store, which was willing to buy and sell it. And the rest, as they say, is history. Today Blue Sky Fibers is known worldwide for its consciously crafted collection of high-quality natural fibers and patterns. One can only imagine how things might have turned out differently had Linda been obsessed with giraffes instead.
About Eco-Cashmere and Woolstok Jumbo – from the Blue Sky Fibers blog:
Eco-Cashmere, a DK weight luxury yarn is created from the fleece of cashmere goats and produced by an Italian family-owned mill. A blend of 50% recycled cashmere and 50% virgin cashmere, this deliciously soft, good-for-the-earth yarn reinforces our commitment to quality yarns and environmentally-conscious crafting. Eco-Cashmere is available in eight colors.
Woolstok Jumbo is created from the fleece of Peruvian highland sheep. This extra bulky yarn is perfect for plush, quick knits. Size-up the fun to make wraps, blankets, hats, baskets and more. Woolstok Jumbo is soft yet sturdy with a braided construction. The introductory patterns are complimentary and use a variety of techniques from crocheting, to big needles and even arm-knitting.