Gray Flowing Mane Slouch Hat and Gray Striped Shawl

I have been busy over the last few months making projects.  Most of these new shawls, scarves, and hats have ended up in my own closet and I will start posting some photos of me in them just as soon as hubby gets back from Singapore to take some.

In the mean time, I will post a photo of the Gray Flowing Mane Slouch hat, can you think of a better name for it?, and a Gray Striped Shawl.  They are listed in the AlbaRanch Artfire shop as separate listings but I did originally create them as a set.

Gray Hat, yup that is me!
Gray Hat, yup that is me!

Gray hat was actually a weaving mistake.   I had a pattern book that I was following but I had changed my Dpi reed on my Rigid heddle and well it did not turn out like the book at all.  The next hat I made I adjusted the dpi to be closer to the original pattern, made a hat closer to THEIR hat and decided that I liked my “mistake” much better.  I made two of these hats, slightly different.  One I wear all the time, the other is listed here in the shop.   It is woven on a Rigid heddle loom with a 5 dpi reed and yarn that is thick chunky but oh so very soft Peruvian Highland Wool.

Another shot of Gray Hat.
Another shot of Gray Hat.

The Next item that I wish to show you today is the Gray Striped Shawl that can make a matching set with the Gray Flowing Mane Slouch Hat.  It is a super, extra long shawl that can be worn numerous ways.  I have wrapped it like a shawl, wrapped it at the shoulders and even wrapped it twice and used a stick shawl pin to hold it in place.  It is hand woven on a Rigid Heddle Loom at 5 dpi Reed and the yarn is Peruvian Highland Wool.  (an extra thick chunky and extremely soft wool yarn.)  You really do want to see all the photos that I have included for Gray Shawl as well you know that it should be in YOUR closet,  ready for you to wear.  See it HERE and get it now!

Gray Shawl modeled by Melisa Morrison
Gray Shawl modeled by Melisa Morrison

I was amazed at how quickly I was able to weave this shawl.  Thick chunky yarn like that just flies on a Rigid Heddle loom.  All the yarn is Peruvian Highland Wool, but I did alternate my warp yarns with the cream color and the Gray Heather Color to get that lovely pattern.  The weft that I used was all the Gray Heather Color yarn.

Close up of the weaving of Gray Shawl
Close up of the weaving of Gray Shawl

I have included a close up of the weaving of Gray Shawl so you can see my hem stitching.  I just love the hem stitching on the beginning and end of a shawl or scarf.  Amazing what you can teach yourself to do with some book instructions, pictures, and a YouTube video.  🙂  That is all folks for today.  I hope that you liked them and again, you can see both at my online store and get them for yourself HERE!

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