Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Two for the price of one! [Scarf 7]
Wow, what a good day I had! Got stuff done on both looms, got some handspun yarn washed, got more stuff off my to-do list and got a scarf and a half done today, too - all before 5:30! 'Course, I didn't get a shower or get dressed until after 5:30, but hey... it's all about priorities, right?
Today I decided to follow up on my little revelation from Scarf #4.5, i.e. that using a warp colour as weft is Quite Nice and should not be against the rules. I was curious if it worked as well on a random warp of finer threads - something must have made me establish the rule in the first place, after all. To test this out, I chose an old gold that's in the warp as a boucle. Yellow is not usually my first choice for a weft colour but I use it pretty often in warps and it is the colour of the year, plus it made a nice switch from the darker wefts I used in scarves #5 and 6. Turns out that I quite liked it - both the colour and the warp-colour-as-weft. I'm scratching my head now, trying to figure out where on earth that rule came from.
I kept an eye on the back beam as I was finishing up scarfa #7, since I wasn't sure how much warp would be left over - if it wasn't tooooo much, I thought I'd just keep going and make another long scarf. When I hit 78" there was still at least a whole roll of paper on the beam, though, and there really is a reasonable limit to the length of a scarf. (Ask me how I know this.) So, since I was liking the yellow so muchly and there was clearly not going to be enough for scarfa #8 tomorrow, I went ahead and wove off the rest of the warp with another, lighter shade of yellow that was also in the warp. I am happy to say that it was every bit as nice as the first one, so now I've got another short little scarflette. I'm going to have a project on my hands, figuring just how to use them. Good job I like projects!
Scarfa day #8 went like this:
2:30ish pm: Pick a yellow, wind a bobbin. It's like sunshine on the loom!
2:39 pm: Start weaving. I'm just about to hemstitch the first end here:
2:40-4:00 Weave a bit, twitter, wind a bobbin, twitter, weave a bit more, twitter... ["turning into a twit" joke removed due to extreme lameness.]
4:09 pm: Done with Scarf #8:
But wait, there's more! I kept on going and by...
5:30 pm: ...I was done with the extra scarflette:
I really wanted it to be as long as possible, and I wanted to use up all the bobbin I'd wound, so I just kept on weaving until it ran out. Can you see the rod the warp is on right smack up behind the shafts there? If not, here's a better look:
That's 11.75" inches, for anyone who cares. At least 4" of which will be fringe. Loom waste? What loom waste?
See you tomorrow for a whole new warp and scarf #8!