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Since introducing HANDSPIN to the Blue Sky Alpacas family, we have seen some astonishing projects take shape. Many of those projects have been beautiful skeins of handspun yarn (and the resulting knit or crochet project), but a recent collaboration with Schacht Spindle Company produced a truly inspirational project: the Reversible Tufted Cowl.
Designed by Benjamin Krudwig, this inventive accessory was woven on a 15” Cricket Loom using 2 skeins of Melange, 1 skein of Metalico, and one 4oz. bag of HANDSPIN fiber. “I nearly spun the fiber into yarn and then used it in the weaving, but I thought that using it in its natural form would be far more interesting,” Benjamin told us recently via email. “I had just been knitting on a pair of thrummed mittens, and wanted to use a similar technique in the woven piece using traditional weaving techniques. From there, the piece practically wove itself.”
This scarf can be worn with the fiber tufts on the outside for a fun statement piece, or they can be worn on the inside to create a warm winter accessory; Benjamin shares many more styling tips, plus a photo tutorial to weave a scarf of your own here on the Schacht Spindle Company blog.