Finished Objects: Handwoven Pinwheel Scarf & “Finlandia” knitted hat using GCN (From Raw Fleece)

A few days ago, I decided to try the pinwheel pattern on my rigid heddle loom. A weaver on YouTube converted the 8-shaft weaving draft into a pickup stick pattern for rigid heddle, so luckily, I didn’t have to work that part out for myself. I used the merino/cashmere/silk blend yarns I’ve been using recently because of the autumnal colors. Everything turned out fine, weaving wise, on this scarf–although it did take me a full day and part of the next morning to weave it. Next time, I’ll probably make supplemental string heddles instead of using the pickup stick for six of the eight steps.

Yesterday’s knitting project was the “Finlandia” beanie by Paige Buursma, a free pattern on Ravelry. I used some handspun yarn made from a Gulf Coast Native ram fleece (“Freddie” from Yellow Bell Farmstead–Arab, AL). It’s a little hard to see the tree motif throughout the hat because of the dark color of the yarn, but when I put it on, I can see it a little better.

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