Windy!

Thirty-five mile an hour wind gusts kept me from photographing any blankets the other day but I didn’t let them stop me from taking pictures of yarn. . . heavy cones of weaving yarn!

Here are just some of the lovely yarns that Cathy of CT donated to the Crochet Corner almost three months ago, after she read my Ravelry ad looking for reeds to go in the nursing home’s “new” floor loom. These are the cottons.

747 cones-cottons

I immediately recognized the cone of white – ecru, in real life – as “dishcloth” cotton. That’s an entire pound of Peaches and Cream, 787 yards! In the weaving world, this weight of cotton is called 4/4. I would have to look up what the top 4 means, something to do with how many yards per pound. The bottom 4 tells us this yarn has four plies.

You may remember that I’ve used a similar yarn, Bernat Handicrafter Cotton, as the weft – horizontal threads – in the dish/hand towels that I wove a couple of years ago.

508 towel set #1They’ve held up well to daily use, with mild pilling. Maybe after the ladies have gained a little experience on the floor loom, I’ll be able to interest them in making some for the Rec. Dept. kitchen.

The others are all “real” weaving yarns. – Repeating the photo from above so you won’t have to scroll back and forth. –

747 cones-cottonsIn descending order, by weight:

  • 3/2 – 1 lb. variegated brown #9816 on the right – about the same thickness as #3 crochet cotton.
  • 3/2 – 10 oz. merc. medium blue on left
  • 3/2 – 12 oz. merc. (perle) cream on far left – actually tan – UKI ‘Safari’ – 1260 yards per pound, rec. weaving sett 12-15 epi (ends per inch)
  • 6/2 – 6 oz. unmercerized olive – 6/2 is half as thick as 3/2. – #5597, Valley Yarns ‘Mosstone’
  • 6/2 – 7 oz. unmerc. soft navy, #2625, Valley Yarns ‘Ink Blue’
  • 8/2 – 8.5 oz unmerc. tan, next to the vrgtd. – This weight is commonly used as both warp and weft in napkins and kitchen towels. After emailing back and forth with Cathy, I thought this might be CottoLin, a 60% cotton/40% linen blend, which would be an extra special treat. But, after a little more detective work, I matched the color # on the cone, 8176, to ‘Natural’ unmercerized cotton from Valley Yarns. Still a lovely yarn, just not linen.

And here are the wools.

747 cones-woolThe grey is labeled 2/6 NM. I’ve already forgotten what NM stands for, but I do know that, with wool yarns, the top number refers to plies, the opposite of the cotton system.

  • 2/6 NM – 12 oz. grey tweed, Gardiner of Selkirk Ltd., Donegal, 1488 yards per pound. – a close-out that WEBS sold for a very short period of time back in 2007. –

I think the blues and light brown are also 2/6.

  • 2/6 – 1 lb. light blue, with only 5435, written inside the cone with heavy marker. – Hopefully, someday, I’ll find out more. –
  • 2/6 – 1 lb. slightly darker blue, 0325 in heavy marker
  • 2/6 – 5 oz. lt. brown tweed, 0975 in heavy marker

The red is finer. It’s labeled, #2 Red Shetland Lt 1011, 8 oz, aprox. 900 yds –Not a close-out, this yarn is still being made by Harrisville Designs, Inc. – sells for $24.00/ 8 oz cone! gulp. Recommended for weaving light, loft blankets, with a sett of 12-15 epi.

Described as an old-fashioned ‘sheepy’ 2-ply sportweight knitting yarn that ‘blooms’ and softens greatly with washing. Quotes from reviews I found on yarn.com, “I’ve been using HD Shetland for over 25 years primarily for afghans, scarves and combined with other yarns to create rugs. It is so well spun that it will withstand high warp tension without breaking. ” and ” I weave Harrisville Shetland at 12epi & 12ppi and I get wonderful results – perfect for Colorado winters. After a supervised warm water soak & light agitation, the finished product is soft & has a very nice loft. This is one of the easiest wool fibers I have found to weave with and get consistent results time & time again.”

Sounds like a wonderful yarn, doesn’t it?

Thanks, again, Cathy!

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One Response to Windy!

  1. Ann says:

    Delightful possibilities. Yes…Thank you, Cathy. I look forward to seeing the fun you, or you and the ladies have with these yarns.

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