Life has intervened here at Chez Lady. I have abandoned my search temporarily for a new-to-me loom with more harnesses and better ergonomics. There have been some extended -family medical issues (not talking about this here) and some personal back aching due to ill-advised furniture pushing (again) but fortunately also some knitting and weaving. I also hang out more often at Ravelry or Facebook so it seems my words and viewing time are spread thin.
Weaving? Yes dammit. The rayon chenille scarves are finished, thank God. I am no longer craving to work with chenille. Other people can have it. One scarf is human sized and one turned out bookcase sized. There were supposed to be two long scarves but the warp went to crap at the end due to (I think) the shafts on the Harrisville going further and further out of whack. It seems that the purple cords suspending and lifting the shafts stretched ever so slightly and uniformly so as to put them out of level and that along with the tension issues at the back caused the left edge to become longer than the right. It got worse and worse despite efforts to even it with weights and padding around each beam. Anyway I cut is off early and the result is not too bad, just not what I planned.
The scarf for a human, with fringe…
2 days ago I wound a warp of 8/2 unmercerized cotton for some towels. I love towels. I love to use handwoven towels. I love to weave towels. What an economical use of time and materials. With only about 450 threads at 20 epi you can get the loom dressed rather quickly. The threading and the weaving is not usually too difficult. The latest effort is in 8/2 unmercerized cotton, threaded in a bird’s eye twill. The draft “Linked Birdseye” from the Interweave pdf download Winning Towels.
I had a little trauma when I realized I had not wound the correct number of repeats in one of the blue stripe sections but I figured it out when it did not fit in the raddle spaces I marked off for its width. I corrected it after about the 3rd try. Adding warp ends into the middle of the warp is a BITE.
Sock knitting: a welty sock that Mr. Lady thinks is dumb, made from a Crazy Zauberball. “Why would you make socks that want to fall down??” he says. It has knitted welts. (Scroll down to see some welts)
Now for the final shot: meet Ewenice. She loves it here!