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 1960's 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.