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Finished scarf, followed by an epic fail

The scarf I made on River is done, and Aneira was so in love with it that I let her have it. It’s very strange: I used the same yarn that I used to make baby blankets, but what is very soft as a crocheted blanket becomes very stiff as a woven fabric. I didn’t expect that.

The finished scarf

You can see all of my mistakes in the picture, even without looking closely. Skipped warp threads, bumpy selvedge, and I have no idea how to finish the ends, so it’s a good thing this is a scarf and fringe is expected! But Aneira is thrilled with it because Mama made it, and, all in all, for a first attempt it could have been a lot worse.

 
My second attempt was an epic, epic fail. This time, I tried to use the warping board, which I had never used before. I had to do that twice, because the first time I couldn’t find the cross, the way I had it done. So I took it off to do over, and turned the entire thing into a snarled up mess. I spent an hour and change untangling that, then warped the board again. This time it went beautifully. I tied off the cross, tied the rest of the warp together in about four sections, then took it off the board and chained it like you do in crocheting. Perfect! The chain was beautiful, everything was beautiful, and then…
 
Disaster. The Cricket instructions have you warping the loom directly from the ball of yarn, so no help there. And I couldn’t find a YouTube video that made sense to me, so I tried on my own. First I tangled the mess again. Then I got it on the loom and realized I hadn’t put the back apron rod over the beam the way I was supposed to, and had to take it all off again. Got it back on the loom and tied off and then “Why do I have a shed when the heddle’s in neutral position? This makes no sense. Oh…”  Because I forgot to put the front apron rod over the beam. Take it off and tie it up properly again. By this time, because of the earlier tangling, the 64 ends I had been aiming for had been reduced to 32, but it was now on the loom! So it’ll be another small piece, but practice makes perfect, right?
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