Obsessed Briefly

I tell you, one thing about weaving that I love (there are many, but today this is at the top of the list) mercy me, it is fast.  Ridiculously fast.  You can get really obsessed with an idea for a weekend, and not have another half finished thing kicking around the house.  Check this out:
Thursday: I got a batt out of the stash, thought it was pretty, admired it and put it by the wheel.

Friday, I started to spin – and I finished the singles on Saturday.

Sunday, I plied.

I liked the yarn I got, and felt briefly confused, because I knew it wasn’t a yarn I wanted to knit, but also knew it wanted to be a scarf.  It was my second cup of coffee before I remembered how yarn can become a scarf without being knit. 


I wove for a little, went for a bike ride, wove a little, did some work, wove a little, and by dinner time I was taking a scarf off the loom, knotting the fringe and giving it a wash in the bathroom sink.

The yarn relaxed and bloomed in the bath, filling in the surface and leaving me with a beautiful fabric, that looks like it was born all together. 

From carded batt to handspun yarn, to finished scarf – three days – and it used every inch of that beautiful stuff. 

I love weaving.  It’s a simple yarn trick. If you love yarn, you might like this too.

172 thoughts on “Obsessed Briefly

  1. Gorgeous! I was gifted with a fraternal twin to this scarf at Christmas and it made me cry tears of joy. Exquisite!

  2. It’s truly beautiful. I love to weave (actually took two semesters of it in college) but I think my sweetie would murder me in my sleep if I brought a loom home 🙂

  3. Gorgeous scarf! Makes me wonder why one of my scarves has been on the loom for months.

  4. That’s a gorgeous scarf.
    Makes me wish I had room for a loom. And spinning wheel. Someday!

  5. Oh please, this is just not fair–I have no time to weave, no skill at spinning, and love purple. It is lovely, Stephanie. I will just have to exercise some self control, not whine, and not wish “what if”. I will have to settle for the skill set I have right now. (When the kids are done with college, I can have just one job, the bills are paid, I have room in the house for a loom and wheel, etc, etc, etc…)

  6. What a beautiful scarf! It is always magic to me that we start out with a pile of fluff and end up with a substantial thing of beauty.
    I am avoiding weaving because I feel it is a very slippery slope that I need to stay away from until I figure out a way to add more hours to the day.

  7. Color me impressed. Beautiful.
    Hmmm….I may have to pull that loop out of my closet and figure out how to weave. (My husband thanks you!)

  8. That is a beautiful creation from start to finish! I really admire your work and am now inspired to learn how to weave. I just signed up for a beginners class on spinning. I can only hope I can be half as good as you!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. Vile temptress! No, I will not get a loom and become obessessed with yet another hobby. And even though that scarf makes me want to roll around with it on a floor nekkid, I will not give in to temptation. I spin, I knit, I make pottery, I have a full time job and I’m going to school at night… no no no no no… damn that’s a pretty scarf… maybe I will just go look at that page I have bookmarked with the loom. But I won’t buy it! No sirree… you have no power here… maybe it will be on sale and if I don’t pay my electric bill, I can swing it…

  10. yep. Care to share the derivation of that batt? It’s yummy, even if it is blue.

  11. I love this scarf!! Simply beautiful….
    I want to learn to weave so badly!!
    Linda in VA

  12. Your weaving skills have been tempting me for some time. This scarf might have just sent me over the edge. I need a loom, like, now!

  13. You have made some beautiful things over the years
    BUT this is in a class of its own.
    Who is the lucky person?

  14. Now that’s just beautiful. I’ve been knitting for about a decade now, but I’m still fascinated with how fiber seemingly magically becomes fabric.

  15. That is truly gorgeous. Truly. Let me send you my address….
    Also, let’s talk more about weaving. Some of the things I read INSIST that you can’t use the same yarn for the warp as you weave with, but you have to have something stronger. Do you use something special for your warp threads?

  16. I have been resisting weaving for a while now, because I need another hobby, no, strike that, obsession is the word I need, like I need a hole in the head. But this is sucking me in!

  17. Oh, no you don’t. I admit it, I have happily followed you off several cliffs: thrummed mittens, ponchos, simple lace, complicated lace (much to my shame at how badly it turned out), rare breed sheep fleeces, spinning (although I’m still happy with the spindle versus the wheel), using yarns spun from the rare breeds, and with the dogged determination of a friend to teach me, sock knitting. So I say cease and desist with the loom talk – no! I won’t do it. (However, should you require that I get a loom in order for you to appear in I-O-W-A, I’ll spring for one. Just sayin’…)

  18. Where can you get a small loom and easy to follow instructions? I haven’t seen any in my local yarn shops in North Sydney, Cape Breton area.
    Seems we have all the basics but lack variety.

  19. I have two friends who were weavers before they were knitters. They enabled me into buying a loom 2 Rhinebecks ago and I still haven’t woven anything on it. For some reason I can’t get my head around the warping directions. Maybe I’ll make another attempt at it today. Your scarf came out beautifully. 🙂

  20. Marilla @ 3:49pm: Second that! Weaving and spinning are two (probably) passions that need to fold their hands and wait patiently for a little bit longer.

  21. Welcome to the warped side Stephanie. Just finished All Wound Up and left it with a friend (I was travelling) LOL’d way more than once. 🙂
    mostly a weaver and sometime knitter – recently took my knitting to watch a roller derby game with Syne….

  22. Absolutely gorgeous! Makes me want to take up weaving (like I need another art/craft!), and just when I’m paring down in the studio. = )

  23. I love my Cricket too.. and my Flip. Some yarns really do look better woven and I love that rush of making something in hours or days rather than weeks or months! Now I just have to get my spinning wheel working so I can have the full thrill too!

  24. Dear Stephanie. I love you. Will you adopt me so I can live in your house and absorb all your yarnie goodness? You’re quite inspirational. Now, if only I could spin and weave.

  25. Roggey posted at 4:12 – I’ll second that. I need another obsession like I need another hole in my head. But I live in Iowa, too, so if it would get Stephanie to come visit our state, I could fall off that cliff.

  26. The frugal side of my nature loves that “every last inch of yarn” usage. Very pretty, I might even come to like purple with subtlety like that. Mmmm.

  27. NotEweAgain at 4:14: have a look at the LeClerc website. They do mail order.
    Happy to enable a fellow fibre lover.

  28. I was looking at looms for a while a few months ago and decided against getting one. You’re a bad influence. LoL!!!

  29. Ok, the loom that’s down in the basement.. the tabletop one.. It might just some attention.
    You are good at this whole inspiration thing.
    Knitting Rules! taught me to knit. I knit my way through breast cancer last year. Please keep blogging, knitting, spinning, weaving, writing.. It keeps me going and many others too 🙂

  30. Beautiful! I’ve been looking at looms lately … Maybe it’s time to take the plunge.

  31. That is quite simply a gorgeous yarn, and it became a gorgeous scarf! Now I want a loom so I can learn to weave!

  32. @Deb – you can use anything for a warp as long as it won’t come to bits under tension or abrasion, so handspun is fine as long as it meets the above. A rigid heddle doesn’t put as much tension on a warp either so you can get away with a lot 🙂 I wouldn’t warp with a single, but a plied yarn is normally fine as long as it’s reasonably sturdy.
    Lovely scarf Steph; I really must warp my loom. I have no excuse now I have more room…well apart from all the knitting UFOs, the file of combed tops in the lounge waiting for spinning, the crochet blanket and the new sewing machine vying for my attention, the full-time job…

  33. It is a lovely scarf. And…just think what you can do when you move beyond plain weave! Even more interesting things to look forward to.

  34. Since even my two knitting machines haven’t been able to put a dent in my stash, weaving would be another way to go and a reasonable excuse for owning a loom! I would love a small table loom but how would I be able to resist graduating to ever larger ones???

  35. OK – that does it – I will be buying a loom within the next month! I want to weave and I want to weave now! I already spin and have knit up lots with my hand-spun…but weaving is calling to me very loudly right now. Thanks for the inspiration!

  36. O.M.G.
    You are a seriously bad influence!
    Just when I thought that I couldn’t get any deeper into fiber……along comes the weaving temptress!

  37. Funny you would post this! I got a loom for my birthday. It’ll be in tomorrow. Can’t wait.

  38. Absolutely gorgeous, Stephanie and my favorite colors. My hobby plate is full, so I’ll enjoy your weaving and spinning vicariously.

  39. Lovely scarf. I’ve done small weaving projects with my Girl Scout Troop, but nothing with a sophisticated loom. Like everyone else, I really don’t need another hobby, but this one has been on my mind for a while. You make it even more tempting.

  40. Holy crap that us just gorgeous. My grandmother’s loom is, as we speak, in the loom hospital getting ready to be used and your scarf got me even more excited to use it!

  41. Wow! Why haven’t I started weaving (yet)?! I second NotEweAgain at 4:14, where/how can I get started?

  42. So I am reading all these comments from people who don’t have room for a loom. Not even a cute little rigid heddle lap loom? Its smaller than a bag holding a sweater’s worth of yarn. Everyone has room for that! We can all make our own gorgeous scarves!

  43. Amazed! I learned inkle weaving ages ago but it never stuck, probably because it could not be used to make scarves.

  44. Lovely! Hmmmm, maybe I NEED one of those looms…?
    Did you warp with your handspun or is that something else so you can save the handspun for weft? I notice from an earlier comment that it is ok to warp with handspun on a loom like this, but did you? Hmmmmm….

  45. Lovely… this gives me hope for my collection of homespun, currently sitting in the stash! I’ve spun for a couple of years, but haven’t been able to knit with any of it. I have some kind of block! I can give it away though 🙂 Maybe I’ll pull out my cricket loom myself and make something pretty. What yardage did you use to make what dimensions of scarf?

  46. Weaving is the best way to burn thru stash! But Stephanie, when are you going to get a floor loom? Then you can really experience the joys of weaving!

  47. that’s exactly what i love about weaving too. the first year i had my loom EVERYONE got a woven scarf for christmas!
    the favourite thing i’ve woven is a 2 metre long, half a metre wide mohair wrap – it would have taken me AGES to knit the damn thing and i wove it in 2 days. it’s so warm, snuggly and light!

  48. Truly beautiful! What an inspiring story — must unearth my Glimakra Emilia…
    Oh, Stephanie, could you tell us how many yards (or meters) of yarn you had and what the dimensions of the scarf are? Thanks!

  49. And if you live near Indianapolis, I can teach you how to weave. If you need to stash bust, weaving is the fast way to do it.

  50. Beautiful !!! Absolutely beautiful !!! Darn , now I want to learn to weave …Your blog can be dangerous !!!

  51. OK, that’s it; I can’t fight it any more. I’m back into spinning and weaving as well as knitting and crochet. Count me up there with all the ladies who need another yarn-related obsession like a….well, you know.

  52. That scarf is absolutely beautiful! You may be the person who actually gets me to try weaving.
    How long did it take to warp your loom? That’s the part I am scared of.

  53. Beautifully done. Yes, weaving is a wonderful fiber art form. I love it and find that it relaxes me more than knitting.

  54. It’s only fast if you don’t count warping up the loom, which drives me batty. I’ll take knitting any day. The scarfe is, indeed, very beautiful.

  55. omg gorgeous. Simply gorj. Alas, I do not have the space nor the $$ to buy one more crafting thing — not until I get a new job and the dining room is tidy.

  56. So beautiful! The color distribution is fantastic. It’s really soothing to look at. I love seeing projects spun and completed all by the same artist. It’s so satisfying.

  57. That is stunning… I can’t get obsessed with something else… I can’t… oh….

  58. I love it! Is there a good “beginner’s” loom to try? I am interested, but don’t want a big investment, but I want more than a child’s simple frame. Advice, anyone?

  59. Stop! Stop. Tempting. Me. I’ve got enough on my plate without succumbing to yummy, loomy temptations!

  60. This is the very first thing that has made me even consider spinning. It is beautiful.

  61. Amazing. I am so jealous of how beautiful the finished project (and the yarn!) look.

  62. Oh, it is soooo lovely! I’ve never had a proper loom, or spun anything, but I love the concept of weaving, and have played with it off and on most of my sixty-plus years.
    Many thanks for doing this, sharing it, and letting folks like me live vicariously through your blog.
    You’re a dream-spinner.

  63. Oh my goodness, that is SO beautiful! I want it! I want to make something like it! *in love*
    So I have to ask…what kind of loom is that? Would you recommend it for someone who has never done anything with a loom before? If not, what is a good starter loom (if that is t a stupid thing to ask)?

  64. I bow before your skill and talent! It is beyond beautiful — and I’m not at all fond of purples and violets!
    YH, you’ve outdone yourself. If that doesn’t end up gracing your own neck. . .well, he or she had damn well be VERY deserving of it. Maybe someone who brings about world peace, develops an endless source of reliable and nonpolluting energy, AND invents a “Star Trek”-style transporter so you don’t have to fly through O’Hare.

  65. As my hands get older and more achy, I keep thinking that weaving would be the perfect way to use up a big chunk of the stash. It seems very peaceful, since all the decisions are made up front, and one can stop and start more easily than the “let me finish the row” syndrome!

  66. Well done. And thanks for the kick in the butt. Last year this time I got an Ashford knitting loom. I have used it ONCE and only then as I had my weaving friend show me how to warp it.
    I NEED to learn to warp!

  67. It is just gorgeous! I want a loom! Along with the spinning wheel, tjanting, and other craft tools I desire…Nevermind, I have my knitting and drop spindles to keep me happy 🙂

  68. So Beautiful Stephanie! You are such a baaaaad influence on those of us living in 700 sqft of space who don’t have the room for a loom but want one dearly! I think I found my answer in your earlier comments (Rigid Heddle Loom?), but what kind of tabletop loom is that? It looks like something that I could squirrel away in a corner (wait, do I have a free corner) when it is not in use!

  69. Beautiful! I just finished my first 4 oz. spin ever (and it looks half-way decent :-)), and was wondering what to do with it. Now I know! Thanks for the suggestion.

  70. I love the way it turned out – and how it was beautiful at every stage of the process. Who’s the lucky person who gets to wear that scarf next winter?

  71. Lovely! I love how the rigid-heddle loom is so kind to handspun. The plastic heddle is gentle os the fiber, and it’s economical with the loom waste. Well done, you.
    How’s the relationship with the bad-boy loom you were flirting with at Madrona working out?

  72. We NEED details! How many ounces fiber? What weight yarn? How long was the warp? How wide the scarf? Got a RH loom for Christmas, and I’m still trying to figure all this out! HELP!

  73. What a great idea – I’ve just started learning to spin (albeit on a spindle not a wheel) and weaving would be a great way to use some of my handspun.
    I would, of course, need to get hold of a loom. And maybe a house where I had room for one, but these are petty details 😉

  74. I love your scarf so much I stuck it on Pinterest so the non-knitting world can enjoy it as well. The colours are just gorgeous.

  75. Absolutely beautiful! What loom did you use to make this? It looks so handy and compact.

  76. I think sometimes a second cup of coffee is necessary to get the brain moving. Your scarf is coming along well. how lovely!

  77. Well, NOW I have to take a weaving class. I’ve been thinking about it, and you helped me make up my mind. What an enabler you are!!

  78. Lalalala…I can’t hear you! I do not need to learn to weave I do not need to learn to weave I do not need to learn to weave I do not need to learn to weave…

  79. The other thing I love about weaving is that it uses much less yarn. I came to knitting AFTER learning to weave, and wow…talk about slow-yarn-movement. I have almost convinced myself never to knit another scarf…but then I see a pretty pattern and I’m back at it and wondering what I was thinking!

  80. LOVE.IT!! Makes me want to take up weaving. (Oy, just what I need – another craft.)

  81. Very beautiful scarf! What kind of loom did you use? I’ve hesitated to weave with handspun because I hated losing any of it. I always seem to have so many “ends” that end up being leftover when I weave.

  82. Oh, great. Still waiting for paint to dry on Kiwi so I can put it together and move on with learning to spin. And now this…another addiction. But it’s legal and beautiful! Thank you, YH, for such inspiration.

  83. I was wondering what I would do if my hands got too gnarly with arthritis. I see a loom looming in my future!

  84. I wish you would all stop it already with the tempting! (that’s you and French press knits “all”). I can’t buy a loom right now and you’re making me want to so so badly. I have to buy a traveling spinning wheel first. And stop moving (homes) enough to sit still and do any dang thing. Like think.. Or maybe I should skip the thinking and the wheel in favor of the knitter’s loom… Thoughts?

  85. Looks like a Cricket loom. I bought one last fall, took a class, and haven’t touched it since. Now I know I’ll have to give it another whirl. Please tell what you used for warp. Is it the same yarn or something different? It is a really gorgeous scarf!

  86. Yep…now I need a loom!
    This is absolutely beautiful, definitely what this yarn/batt needed to be!

  87. You had me with the color! I don’t need to bring another obsession into my life- I don’t, I don’t, I don’t. 🙂

  88. Could you tell us how much yarn by weight and by yardage it took to make it? Beautiful project – thanks for continuing to share your creativity with us all!

  89. Isn’t weaving great?? It’s unfathomable that anything could surpass knitting in my heart, but at times, weaving has threatened to. Last winter, I did a series of charity scarves from a bunch of leftover skeins of worsted weight wool yarns, and loved playing with different weave structures and colour combinations. Each one only took a day (and, as you noticed, not even a really dedicated-to-weaving type of day) and in only a week, I ended up with seven scarves for in-need kindergarteners. I think I’ll make it a yearly tradition.

  90. Oh dear have been holding fast against spinning and weaving and here you come with this beauty. That is just a bunch of loveliness so take a bow you deserve great applause.

  91. How beautiful! I kept checking back here to see what that beautiful batt had become! Makes me want a loom! Someday when they kids are older maybe and do not take every minute of spare time! Love the colors! Enjoy wearing it!

  92. Roggy and Claudia….I third you! and since we will be getting Steph to come to I-O-W-A, she can pop over to K-A-N-S-A-S!!!!!!! We are depraved in the midwest.

  93. I really loved weaving but I haven’t had the opportunity to do it for years. You must warp looms at the speed of lightening. It always took me forever. No scarf was going to happen in three days, and I wouldn’t have been spinning it first! It’s really beautiful. It would look great with my coat! ;>)

  94. FYI – Weird happenings. I hit “Post” and was told I’d posted too many times (What?) and needed to wait. Hit post again and when I looked my submission had gone through twice. What happened?

  95. …yes you do Michelle!
    I just took my first weaving lesson yesterday. If I can do it; so can you!
    bjr in CT

  96. That’s actually my fiber goal this year – to weave something! That scarf is beautiful!

  97. absolutely beautiful! I’m taking a weaving class on Sunday, I can’t wait to try my hand at this.

  98. Now that is a neat trick! Heck of a lot easier that knitting linen stitch too! I love tha color, design and simplicity of it all, kudos!

  99. One beautiful scarf. Makes me want to borrow a loom from someone. The colorway is gorgeous in my eyes.

  100. I usually prefer knitted items to handwoven; just a personal preference of mine (because weavers do some amazing work) but I am totally in love with that scarf. It’s absolutely beautiful. The colors, the drape, everything. It gives a beginning spindle spinner hope that she can complete some yarn and hmmmm…maybe try something new and different with it? Like weaving? (I can already hear the family saying, “Oh, dear…”)

  101. This is gorgeous! I want to learn to knit so badly, but I am not allowing myself any new toys until I learn to use my two knitting machines I haven’t touched.

  102. Dear lord, what beauty! I’m holding you personally responsible, YH, if I splurge on my own wee loom this weekend…

  103. That scarf is beautiful! Funny, but as a fiber artist, I always forget about weaving, too. I forget that weaving can be done on a small scale. Thanks for the reminder and the inspiration.

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