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.

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.