I finished 7 throws last week. Friends who saw them before washing tried to be polite but were un-impressed and maybe even shocked at how awful they looked. I used some yarn that had been spun several years ago at a mill that (I assume) uses a lot of spinning oil. The yarn on cones looks and feels like string that you would buy at the hardware store. The resulting blankets off the loom look and feel as though I wove them with string from the hardware store. Also, I wove them at a wide sett knowing that they would full.
See how open this is. You can easily stick a finger or a toe through this. And a cat would pull those threads and destroy it.
A trip through the washing machine to full (Not the way to wash a finished blanket–to do that see my instructions here)…
using Power Scour (normally for raw fleece, but this yarn was very greasy) changed that blanket into this:
Here is another before and after:
One of these blankets is a gift to the person from whom I got the wool several years ago. I’m sure she doesn’t see this blog so it will be a surprise until tomorrow when I take it to her. This blanket includes her dog hair that I washed and spun:
Here is one with Jacob weft:
All 7 blankets: