Sunday, May 25, 2014

Weaving With Milk

Last summer, I bought Queensland Collection Leché yarn on sale. Leché was priced at 78% off the list price. Little was practically giving it away! Although I now have one foot in the SABLE doorway I have no regrets that I bought a whole lotta Leché. Twice.

November's Second Carton of Milk

The Leché yarn has continuously been on a pair of needles as I knit up cozy cowls (neckwarmers) to give away as gifts. The Leché cowls have made great gifts because they are luxurious next to the skin, warm, and the colors are vibrant with the sheen of silk. I can't say enough about the yarn for knitting.

So I wondered if I could weave with Leché? Would it break if I used it as the warp (lengthwise) yarn? Could the fibers handle the repetitive stress of weaving?

And the answers were ~ Yup, Nope, Yup.

I dusted off my 10" Cricket Loom and direct-warped: 98" length, 7" width, using the 8-dent reed (8 slots per inch) which makes for a very open-weave fabric.

I used the Creamy Beige Leché and threw in some SMC Dream (velvety fleece with a strand of mini-boucle) in the colorway Hazelnut. I used the Hazelnut on the edges, in the middle, and warped it off-center on purpose. I wanted asymmetrical, not sure why. Maybe because I didn't have a plan and was just going to weave in the Hazelnut willy-nilly which is what I did.

Fringe Twister (a.k.a. Conair Hair Braider)

After wet blocking the finished size is 6" x 72" with an additional 2.5" fringe on each end.

I used almost 2 balls of Leché and a little more than ½ ball of Dream. I didn't do much stash busting with this scarf but it sure was fun and the results are lovely. The scarf turned out drapey, soft, and extremely cuddly. The Leché is becoming my workhorse workcow yarn.

"Leché" by Queensland Collection is a plied worsted of 40% Extrafine Merino Wool, 30% Microfiber, 20% Milk Protein, and 10% Silk.