Forget Sweater Weather–It's All About the Scarves

  purple scarf

Christina's soon-to-be scarf, still on
the warping board.

I’ve always been a warm weather type of person. As a teen in Kansas, I would take naps on the porch in summer when it was in the high 90s. When I later lived in New Mexico, it was not uncommon for me to sport a hoodie on 80 degree days.  Now that I’m in colder Colorado, I take full advantage of each and every warm day because I know, to quote Eddard Stark from Game of Thrones, “Winter is coming.”

Even though it’s still technically summer, we’ve already had our first snow and the nights are getting colder and colder. As sad as I am to lose the warm weather, I am looking forward to one thing in particular: scarves!

When it gets cold my knitter friends get excited because they can wear their sweaters and cardigans, I get excited because I can pull out my full collection of handwoven scarves. Better yet, I have even more reason to weave because I’m always in need of a new scarf to match an outfit, keep my neck warm in the cold Colorado snow, or to give as a Christmas gift. Scarves are fun to weave, a great way to experiment with new yarns, and as useful as they are attractive.

Right now I’m working on a light autumn scarf using a variegated rayon/cotton slub and some solid merino/Tencel. I’ve got the warp planned and wound, I just need to throw it on the loom. I’ve got enough so I can experiment with a couple different wefts to see what I like best before I officially start weaving. Even though it’s still patiently sitting on my warping board, I can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s finished!

I’ll also be breaking out the rigid-heddle loom for plenty of quick scarf-weaving projects these next few months. I love the fact that it takes next to no time to warp and I can finish a scarf in just a few hours (if that). It’s perfect for weaving up quick projects that look like they took much longer. Plus rigid-heddle looms and thick, warm yarns go together like peanut butter and pickles (wait, is that just me?) so you can weave up a beautiful, thick scarf—like the chunky check scarf featured in our new Woven Scarves kit—in no time when you’re stuck inside during a blizzard.

Over these next few weeks I might be mourning the loss of summer as I eat the last of the fresh tomatoes from my garden (sob!), but I’ll also be celebrating as I weave my new scarf and plan the next project (or twelve). It might be cold outside come winter, but my neck will be very warm, and very well-dressed indeed.


Christina Garton

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