Finished a scarf in Jitterbug Colourways mint chocolate. Got the last few rows done while binge watching Game of Thrones. And will do the finishing work tonight during the new episode.
Saturday morning I went into the weaving studio at Southwest School of Art and got 5-6″ done on my new project, a ruana in hand-dyed and shale 8/2 tercel. I’m doing this in double weave so it will open out the the full width. All going as planned. Hopefully.
And I learned a new trick–rather than tying on to the front beam, I used lashings. Much easier to tension!
I was originally concerned that using shale as the weft would obscure the beauty of the hand-dyed yarn. I planned to audition lemon grass, gold, and silver grey as possible wefts, but started with the shale. Wow! It pops out the color on the hand-dyed yarn. Didn’t need to try anything else, because shale works so well for this. I love these little victories.
So far this year–on my Baby Wolf at homecoming–I’ve been working on a crammed and spaced scarf and it’s coming along fairly well. I’m in love with the warp colors. I’m using something (huge cone I found or was given) of some thin nubby innocuous brown stuff for the weft.
And on the loom I’m using at SW School of Art, I’m still threading over 1100 ends for a double-weave ruana project. Will it never end? Sigh. This tencel is from our dye project last semester. We used a confetti/dribble technique to get the mottled look.
Yesterday, I had to add 800 heddles to the four harnesses I’m working with for my new project—a ruana. I’m doing the ruana out of 8/2 tencel dyed in a confetti pattern of tangerine, olive, and turquoise with outer and inner bands of shale. When I started to thread the loom, I found I was missing 800 of the 1100+ heddles I would need. (48 epi because it’s doubleweave.) I then had to learn how to put the heddles on the harnesses. Very simple, but I did it 1 x 1 to make sure none of them got crossed. What a lesson in patience!
I’m now ready to start threading for this project—another exercise in tedium: plain weave, 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4, for all 1120 ends. Woo-hoo. What does tedium have to teach us? Is it good for the soul? I will escape a little by listening to an audiobook (The Twelth Enchantment by David Liss). Would it be better for me to live with the tedium rather than escape it? Patience is certainly a good virtue.
With all the tedium, why do I keep weaving? And why have I been doing it for 10 years? There must be something enjoyable about endlessly fiddling with yarn in repetitious tasks. I’m just not sure what it is.
Just want to keep a digital/mental record of what’s going on with fiber and me. I’ve been weaving for 10 years. Because I have a real world job, I can only weave at nights. And my weaving projects are all over the place–some huck, some twill, some double weave. My New Year’s resolution is to find some focus in my weaving. I plan to spend time thoroughly exploring PLAIN WEAVE! I want to be very Scandinavian about this. Thinking of my Danish heritage.
Other fiber work I do: stitchery, knitting, sewing, and, soon, crochet in support of my school’s Crocheted Coral Reef project.
I suppose I could do the same thing on Ravelry–but somehow this seems more satisfying.