Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Black and white hand-woven cashmere scarves

This time I have taken some inspiration from the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.  I know it is not a tartan but a check is the best I can do!  I have used a black and  a white cashmere yarn to weave two striking, smart and wonderfully soft scarves.  The two scarves are in two slightly different patterns to maintain their uniqueness.  The first is 1780mm x 235mm and weighs 87g whilst the second is marginally longer at 1850mm x 235mm and weighs 93g.

They will be on sale at Aspects of Kings Park or the September event of Perth Upmarket depending upon stock movements.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Claret and mid-grey handwoven alpaca scarf

And now for a 100% Australian product.  My newest hand-woven scarf is using claret and mid-grey coloured Australian alpaca from Tailored Strands.  The chosen pattern means it emphasises the claret or the mid-grey depending which side is showing.  This is a lovely soft feeling, long scarf woven in a popular mix of two colours.  And for the record it is 1860mm x 230mm and weighs 142g.

I expect it to be on sale at Aspects of Kings Park in the near future.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Hand-woven Jacob sheep scarf

Whilst travelling recently in Scotland I discovered the "The Handspinner having fun" shop on the Old Pier Road, Broadford, on the Isle of Skye.  What an array of wool to explore!  I am always looking for that unusual yarn on my travels and finished up buying 180g of some hand-spun Jacob sheep wool.  This is an unusual sheep with a black (or grey) and white fleece.

I have now woven this natural coloured variegated yarn into a scarf.  With the scarf being 12-ply it is a bulky scarf but with a lovely soft feel.  And with  the two colours in the fleece mixed in the yarn it makes for a very striking item.  It does have a pattern in the weave but this is hard to see against the variations in the tones of the wool.  As I only bought 180g of this thick yarn the scarf is short, being 1490mm x 210mm and weighs 170g.  But it is sure to keep you warm besides looking great.

It will be on sale at Aspects of Kings Park or Perth Upmarket in September depending on how sales go.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Hand-woven scarves from Noro Blossom

Whilst touring in Scotland recently I was surprised to find some Noro Blossom yarns in a wool shop.  I couldn't stop myself buying up all the hanks of this discontinued yarn, four of one colour and three of another.  The yarn is 40% wool, 30% kid mohair, 20% silk and 10% nylon which I  have found previously makes a very colourful, soft touching, bulky feeling scarf when hand-woven.
I have now completed weaving three scarves from these beautiful yarns.

The first, using 4 hanks (200g) of Noro Blossom #25 shows the remarkable multicolour and texture of this yarn.  I have used the yarn as both the warp and weft which results in an eye-catching warm, soft and bulky feeling scarf of 1750mm x 210mm and weighing 184g.

With only 150g of Noro Blossom #22 I was restricted to using it as the weft of two scarves.  In one scarf I used a hand-dyed silver birch coloured merino wool as the warp and the scarf is 1570mm x 205mm and weighs 124g.   The other scarf used a hand-dyed sage coloured merino wool as the warp and the scarf is shorter and lighter being 1400mm x 205mm and weighs 90g.  Both show up the bands of colours that occur in the Noro Blossom yarn.

These three scarves are all very special, made from a bright, multi-coloured, warm and soft feeling yarn, and each is unique.  They will be on sale at Aspects of Kings Park or the September event of Perth Upmarket depending upon stock movement.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Hand-woven natural grey alpaca scarf

I was lucky enough a few months ago to acquire 400g of a Western Australian natural grey alpaca yarn.  The first woven scarf from this yarn was snapped up immediately by the husband of the woman who owned the alpaca herd.  And a second scarf was requested by another lady who saw the first.
After my recent overseas holiday I have now completed this second scarf. It is a lovely light-grey scarf with a beautiful soft touch as you would expect from alpaca.  For the record, it is 1730mm x 230mm and weighs 179g, but before you get excited it is already sold and I have no further supplies of this yarn.