Monday, March 17, 2014

Silent But Not Idle.....

The fabric from the last post is off the loom and I thought you might like to see them.

This is the fabric from the first draft in the last post:



This has large plain weave blocks alternating with the pattern blocks.  It was a PITA to weave.  I should have known better about the selvedges.  But I couldn't have anticipated that the 12th shaft would want to float, making for long warp floats on the back of the fabric.  So I learned.

This is the next draft, where the tie-up was changed to make the plain weave blocks the same size as the small blocks:
The weaving on this went a little better.  I was intrigued with the different textures in the various blocks.  The plain weave alternating with the pattern weave at the selvedges still created a bit of a problem, but not as much as the first draft.

Back under the loom to change the tie-up again and we create the third, and my favorite fabric:
Yay! Texture all over, decent selvedges and a clear shed on every shot.  Who could ask for more?!

Here's the stack of sample kitchen towels from this warp:
I wove two of the last fabric.  The all over texture will be nice and absorbent in wiping up in the kitchen.

And there has been knitting:
A double thickness, reversible had for dh, who has been blowing snow all winter....90+ inches in one location and 70+ inches in another.  The first photo is the most accurate in color.  There is no blue in the hat.  What reads as blue in the bottom two photo's is a deep spruce green.  The yarn is Cascade Heritage Hand Painted Sock Yarn.  The hat used up almost all of the skein.

And there are new socks in the making:
Those colors are true.  The yarn is Regia Blitz color.  They are the antidote to all of this:



At the end of my last post on Feb. 22, I asked how many more polar vortices there could be?  The answer so far is 3.