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May 06

Part 4: More Zoom Loom Yarn Explorations

Below, a Zoom Loom swatch from yarn Blue Ridge Yarns sent us in this fun 100% pima cotton yarn called Pima Paints. The color changes result in a happy, squishy plaid.

A swatch of Blue Ridge Yarns Pima Paint yarn in orange and yellow

Below, Pirouette from Classic Elite Yarns gave us a chance to see how a lace weight yarn weaves up on the Zoom Loom. Pirouette is a lovely kid mohair/bamboo/nylon blend yarn and we tried single strands, doubled and tripled. Even though this yarn is somewhat fine, because the mohair is fuzzy, the squares even when woven with a single strand hold together quite well. Below, from the bottom counter clockwise: A square of a single strand of Blue Jay (think lightweight scarf or shawl); a strand of Black and a strand of Pearl Gray are used together for a heavier weight fabric with a mottled effect; three strands, one each of Blue Jay, Pearl Gray, and Alizarin create colors that come and go in the fabric depending on how the yarns twist in the web.

Swatches of Classic Elite Yarns lace-weight yarn

Below: Also from Classic Elite Yarns, Sanibel, a cotton/viscose blend yarn with matte and shiny areas has a lot of drape and would make a lovely scarf or top. The squares below illustrate how the shiny areas show against the matte areas, as well as the patterns that naturally occur.

Classic Elite Yarns Sanibel yarn in purple