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May 06

Part 4: More Zoom Loom Yarn Explorations

Below, Blue Ridge Yarns sent us this fun 100% pima cotton yarn called Pima Paints. The color changes result in a happy, squishy plaid.

Below, Pirouette from Classic Elite Yarns gave us a chance to see how a lace weight yarn weaves up on the Zoom Loom. Pirouette is a lovely kid mohair/bamboo/nylon blend yarn and we tried single strands, doubled and tripled. Even though this yarn is somewhat fine, because the mohair is fuzzy, the squares even when woven with a single strand hold together quite well. Below, from the bottom counter clockwise: A square of a single strand of Blue Jay (think lightweight scarf or shawl); a strand of Black and a strand of Pearl Gray are used together for a heavier weight fabric with a mottled effect; three strands, one each of Blue Jay, Pearl Gray, and Alizarin create colors that come and go in the fabric depending on how the yarns twist in the web.

Below: Also from Classic Elite Yarns, Sanibel, a cotton/viscose blend yarn with matte and shiny areas has a lot of drape and would make a lovely scarf or top. The squares below illustrate how the shiny areas show against the matte areas, as well as the patterns that naturally occur.