Summer Linen, Wool Fall


A blend of handspun warp and sheer, steel-band yarn yields wonderful results.

Here in the foothills of the Rockies, summer is finally behind us. (We can hardly complain–it’s been a lovely fall!) But with frost creeping up the windows overnight, why am I revisiting a summer pattern?

The Lobster Pot Scarf, which made the cover of the Summer 2015 issue of Spin-Off, was such a popular design that our kit sold out right away. In time to start thinking about holiday giving, we’re offering the kit again. In addition to the issue of Spin-Off, the kit contains enough Habu stainless steel/silk and Spunky Eclectic wool/linen blend to make a simple but very cool scarf.

There are two reasons why you want to make this scarf: speedy completion and an incredible result. This scarf was made for the impatient spinner and weaver–the warp uses singles yarn straight off the bobbin, with no plying or finishing. Just spin and weave! The open fabric has relatively few picks per inch, so it weaves as quickly as it spins.

But the world’s speediest project would be no accomplishment if the finished item weren’t great. This one is pretty spectacular. It combines bands of handspun warp with sheer bands of steel-blend yarn that hold open, airy stripes. The surprising blend of materials makes it wearable and touchable, the kind of accessory that you can’t keep your hands off.

Which means . . . well, ‘tis the season, right? You have plenty of time to make this scarf for a loved one for the holidays or make it for your own holiday party-wearing. Indulge yourself in a little instant-gratification spinning and weaving, then wear your new creation for seasons to come.



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