The year I went to SAFF, I looked at fringe twisters but didn’t buy one.   I thought if I used fringe, I’d just let it hang free instead of twisting it. I recently read that if you don’t twist Tencel fringe,  it can end up looking like crap.  I started regretting not buying one.  I’d also read that there’s this nifty hair tool you can use instead of a “real” twister.  I went on the hunt and finally found one at Toys R Us.  One push of the button and it twists two groups one way, another push and it twists those two groups together.  (You can see what it looks like here.)  While I’ve not used a “real” twister, I’m pretty sure that the hair tool is faster and easier on the hands and wrists.

Anyhoo, since the left selvedge made the scarf less than perfect, I decided to play with the fringe a little bit.  The instructions in the books show that you don’t have to hem the ends, you just take it off the loom and twist twist twist.  When I first put the warp on the loom, I hemmed the end as if I weren’t going to twist any fringe.  At the other end, I didn’t hem.

Hemmed:

Not hemmed:

I like the hemmed end much better.

So now we have the fringe done different at each end, that no one would probably notice unless I pointed it out.

We have one selvedge that looks great, and one that no one would probably notice unless I pointed it out.

And while trying to choose pictures to use for the blog, I found something else that no one would probably notice unless I point it out.  What am I going to do?  I’m going to point it out, of course!

Here’s a hint-there’s not a thick line that closes this row of diamonds like the other rows.  Now do you see it?  I sure didn’t and it was right in front of me on the loom.  So while it has it’s mistakes and problems, I’d say I’m still satisfied with it.