Part 7: Zoom Loom Yarn Explorations

We’re still having a lot of fun trying out a lot of yummy yarns. From Frog Tree we’re showing Pediboo sock yarn (80% washable merino wool/20% bamboo) in color 1150 (purple) and Picoboo (60% pima cotton/40% bamboo), color 1026 (dark pink).We’ve woven both solid purple and red squares, and then tried blends, one with purple wound on the loom for three layers and woven with red, and the other wound with red and woven with purple. These swatches are soft and would make a great hat or scarf.

Below, here are additional colors in the same Frog Tree Picoboo yarn.  Right to left: color 1017 (yellow), Pediboo in color 1146 (green).The smooth, washable nature of these yarns makes them ideal for items requiring laundering, such as a baby blanket.
The smooth, washable nature of these yarns makes them ideal for items requiring laundering, such as a baby blanket.

Below, we’ve played around with quite a few different yarns from Trendsetter Yarns

At left, Orchidea (42% cotton/ 42% acrylic/16% nylon) ribbon, color 610(pink/blue/green/gold/yellow). The short color changes, along with the matte and shiny sections, make a fun, plaid-like square with a lovely drape for a scarf or cowl. At top center, Ascot (100% superwash wool), color 17 (rust), bulky weight, is soft and soothing with subtle color changes. We can imagine this yarn used to make a warm, lightweight, washable baby blanket. At right, Ascot and Dune (45% mohair/24% acrylic/20% viscose/6% new wool/4% polyester) are used together makes a dressy, soft square that would be wonderful for evening accessories needing a bit of glitz. We like the lively combination of texture and color.

Kid Chic (75% kid mohair/16% silk/9% poly), color 2 (off white) lace weight, woven with Illusion, (53% wool/47% acrylic), color 950, both also from Trensetter. We love the depth of texture achieved with this combination of yarns.

Phoenix, (66% Viscose/34% Cotton), color 935, another yarn from Trensetter, is fun to weave for it’s combination of matte and shiny contrasts, forming a plaid when woven. Again, ribbon yarn makes a square with beautiful drape.

Schacht Spindle

Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960s and its accompanying craft resurgence. Their first loom was a simple tapestry loom, a version which they still make today. Over nearly 50 years, Schacht has developed a broad range of high-quality hand weaving and hand spinning tools, including their popular Cricket Loom and Ladybug Spinning wheel. Schacht’s mission is to create beautiful and well-designed products that enhance customers’ weaving and spinning experience through innovative problem solving, creative ideas, skilled woodworking and craftsmanship, and friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Schacht’s family-owned business is located in Boulder, Colorado.