I love the richer golden colours that come with Autumn and so when I was digging around in the stash I pulled out some autumn tones.
pictures credit: Heike Rische
I was waiting for a yarn order to come from Brassards in Quebec and thought to weave off a single scarf real quick (well, as quick as I can go right now :) I used the lace weight alpaca / silk blend as warp and it sort of self striped itself as I wound. A regular colour pattern repeat. I wanted to keep the colours in the warp lengthwise. So for a weaving draft, I used an 8 shaft Drall which was quick and easy to thread up and even tie up.
The weft is 20/2 silk in a nutmeg brown and the weaving was much different to my usual fare. I had to gently press the weft into place and be careful of the edge threads and drawn in. The end delivery shuttle was crucial with its adjustable tension. I also used a wider 8 dent reed to minimize rubbing but I did have some some breaks. So my intent to "whip a scarf off" turned into a slow motion press and change sheds.
It was quite different to anything I have woven in some time! Especially the colours...
Then it was done and I decided to leave a fringe over twisting to show the original colours. No beads also as this could be for either gender. Hubby was eyeing it and checking his closet for something to wear with it (seriously!)
Excuse the light spots.... it decided to rain today and I had to turn on all lights and use the flash.
Here you can see the traditional squares of the drall pattern
The yarn order has arrived and I'm busy winding the fine 16/2 warp for the commission order and doing some weaving on the big loom. I've also been 'paper' planning some projects to come: more lace and more of the recent 12 shaft magenta project (again) as I have sold both scarves and three of my four on hand shawls! I'm not sure what is going on, but it seems the Christmas shopping season has begun.
In other news...
We have begun our usual fall chores: windows cleaned, doing yard tidy up, and have booked our annual hedge trimming for October. Tonight we had our first really drenching rainfall since last June. We actually turned off the television volume to check out what the noise was and realized it was rain drumming on the roof!
I'm also officially on the wait list for a full knee replacement and my name should come up in 6 to 9 months.
What shall we talk about then? Hope you're not squeamish! :)