By Benjamin Krudwig
As an office, we decided that we would love to use Jane and Stephanie's book, Woven Scarves, as inspiration for our next projects. This book has a wealth of ideas and stunning photos--plenty of ideas to choose from. Each of us thumbed through our copy of the book and chose a scarf that we found personally inspiring. Of course, Denise and I aren't happy doing just one challenge, we decided that we should also weave our scarves with yarn we spun during Spinzilla.
I have always been drawn to very graphic patterns. Bold colors and high contrast are immediate attention-getters for me. I love color-and-weave patterns because, though they look like a complex deal, once you get past the threading, it's all plain weave from there. This is what drew me to the Log Cabin scarf in the book. I knew at that moment that I would do my own log cabin scarf. Because the yarn I chose to use was variegated, I knew that my finished piece wouldn't be a traditional looking log cabin pattern. This made me even more excited to warp and weave my scarf!
My hand dyed and handspun yarn in the colors "Ghost Ranch" on the left and "New England Tide" on the right
I chose a color scheme based on a photo that I took while my wife and I were on a trip to Boston. This inspiration came from a side alley on my way to a coffee shop. The weathered brick was stunning in the cold February light, a contrast of cool and warm.
I warped up my 15" Cricket Loom with 140 ends giving me 14" in the reed. My sett ended up being 10 epi, whereas the chunky log cabin scarf in the book boasts 5 epi. I did pattern blocks of 20 picks, which ended up being perfect for my yarn. Since the yarn varied in hue and saturation, the log cabin pattern isn't immediately apparent, yet upon closer inspection, the structured blocks become more visible.
Using my two variegated yarns created a surprisingly beautiful fabric that had an organized chaos that I love so much. I finished my scarf by separating the different colors of yarn and fringe twisting them together.
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