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May 09

Part 6: Zoom Loom Yarn Explorations

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From Mango Moon, we have Wooly, a 100% lambswool hand-spun and hand-dyed in Nepal, in color Grape. As a single ply, this yarn felts wonderfully and would be great for any project needing a sturdier fabric. As with most variegated yarns, Wooly makes some fun plaid-like patterns when crossed with itself.

Also from Mango Moon, their famous Recycled Silk on the left, and a new yarn called Twist in color Orange on the right. Twist is a sport weight 85% linen/15% cotton, very soft, smooth, and sturdy. The fiber content and open weave would be fabulous for a lined summer bag. The Recycled Silk makes a very firm square and feels wonderful in the hand.

Karabella sent several yarns to try on the Zoom Loom. Left to right: Superyak (50% yak/50% merino wool, bulky, color 61451), Zodiac (100% mercerized cotton, worsted, color 433), Aurora 8 (100% extrafine merino, worsted, color 50), Merino Superwash (100% merino superwash, bulky, color 2325), and Aurora 8 woven with Windy (100% cotton, bulky, color 4). The bulky yarns were, not surprisingly, somewhat more challenging to weave the last couple of rows, but worked well when mixed with a thinner yarn. All these yarns made squares with a nice drape.