There's a satisfying inch and a half on the cloth roll on the Louet Spring. I'm on towel number seven of nine and doing plaid turned twill. I'm calling this 'Drall Style' treadling... (my invented phrase) and its a slower slog now that I'm constantly changing colours.
I'm mindful that the end is eventually coming to this apparently never ending warp and so have a project planned and dug out some likely yarns for winding the warp... silks!
Looks like I have a whole lotta ball winding to do first!
The Woolhouse loom has the snowflake twill scarves on it and nothing has changed there.... and its keeping nicely.
The Megado has seen action. I cut the old warp off and had to get something on it right away. I wanted to be able to have a learning warp, use more shafts, practise the program and weaving action, be able to have something useful and not be worried if I had to start over...... so, book marks fit that that list!
Another linen and cotton combo, sett 50 epi and a draft that I made up one evening playing on Fiberworks PCW. This is treadled as threaded and its two inches wide. I already had one bookmark go south on me and so I simply moved the warp and started again. Perfect! I'm having trouble learning how to 'unweave' when a mistake or float is detected as I have to go into the program and scroll through and click unweave. In a long treadling sequence, if I miss the right pick I have to work out how to get back etc. Its a lot slower than simply going backwards on the other "Luddite" looms. Perhaps once I learn how to do it right the first time, I won't have to go through quite so much effort!
Want to see something silly?
Yup, a two inch wide warp on a 45 inch loom.
I also started knitting last spring and stopped when the weather got too warm. It felt icky in my hands and too hot on my lap. So here's my first effort!
Its not washed or blocked as yet, which I'm told will improve the overall appearance. Its soft like a cloud and it is for me. There are a few 'questionable' places but bunched up around my neck this winter, it will look just fine. The yarn was Louet's Kidlin and its a softly plied (barely plied) yarn and I had difficulty with the plies and so it was slow going. The entire scarf used one skein which I think was 50 grams. Knitting and weaving use very different terminology and such. Another learning curve!
So I'm making another....same pattern.
Its a merino wool and the feel is quite different. It keeps my hands busy at night (and keeps me from aimlessly wandering the internet.)
I also have been reorganizing my samples..... here's one of two binders for my personal samples:
You can get a fair amount into one binder!
Here are a couple of pages from recent projects you might recognize... I use the heavy duty non glare protective sleeves (don't let the flash fool you!)
So, in addition to my two full binders, I have these six more filled with samples from individual weavers and guilds:
Now bear in mind that I have been slowly collecting samples from guilds and friends since 1996. Two friends have their own dedicated binders!
So that's about it for news. Its our usual winter rains and very blah. Halloween tonight but no one ever comes for treats as we're the creepy house at the end of a long driveway in the trees. But we have to have some candy in the house just in case you know!
Oh, and here's a grand baby update:
Ethan is six months old now and clearly has found his voice. We can hardly wait to see him at Christmas!
Bye for now