A year later, this

A year ago, I showed you this horror.
unweaving :: soul-sucking

That is a big tangly mess of weaving. I warped this two years ago, right before Christmas, with the goal of making a scarf for My Old Man. But I made a real mess of things and had to unweave it and then ended up with all these tangles. It nearly killed my soul to unweave this, but I was committed to trying to save it – I mean it’s handspun y’all.
spun :: Hello Yarn Shetland
Hello Yarn Shetland in “Bristling.”

I did finally get this all unwoven last November, but it has still been sitting on the loom ever since. (I wanted to get a picture today to show you how it looks untangled and unwoven, but the lighting didn’t cooperate). It is really hanging me up – I need to either weave it or cut it off and weave something else. It has now been two years since I’ve used my loom, and I’m really itching to use it again.

So. After I finish my Smitten Knittin’, I hope to tackle this.

unweaving :: soul-sucking (handspun scarf)

unweaving :: soul-sucking, originally uploaded by earthchick.

Oh, it hurts, people. I’ve been trying to unweave this so I could re-do the warp, which I had done poorly and unevenly. I finally got the weft all unwoven, and when I got to the end/beginning, where I’d tied the warp onto the back beam, I discovered an unholy mess. What happened here? I don’t know, but it nearly defeated me. I spent an hour or so dealing with it, and I *think* I got it all sorted out. I wouldn’t have done it if it weren’t handspun, in a colorway I adore. I still have hopes that I can weave a reasonably good-looking scarf out of this mess….

unweaving :: handspun scarf

weaving in progress, originally uploaded by earthchick.

This was going to be a present for My Old Man for last Christmas.

warp :: my handspun Hello Yarn Shetland 2-ply DK in “Bristling”
weft :: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in “Chocolate”

But I ended up with major tension problems, with the left side crazy-tight and the right side super-loose. I got some good advice in the Hello Yarn forum on Ravelry – it seems that a big part of the issue is that I wasn’t using a wide-enough warp separator. Anyway, the problems were significant enough that it turns out the only real solution is to totally undo the warp.

GAH! You know what? Unweaving is NOT FUN.

If this were any yarn but handspun, I would totally just cut it off and be done with it. But it is handspun, and I really want to make this scarf. So unweaving is what I need to do. I’ve set it aside for … awhile (obvs). But I’m hopeful that I can get it unwoven over the next few weeks and then maybe weave the scarf in time for Christmas!