September 8th, 2004

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I'm doing something right!

Didn't get to weave much last night - Himself decided he HAD to weave, Right Now. *sigh* What's a mom to do?

I quickly warped up the inkle loom, and he had a blast. But, about 5 minutes later - "Mama. This isn't a, y'know, real loom like yours. I want to do yours!" I tried explaining that yes, the inkle loom *is* a *real*loom*, it's just easier to learn on, but no dice.

So, I grumbled and mumbled and got the 12H LeClerc Dorothy down. It's a table loom, with levers on the harnesses instead of treadles, and it has a 16" weaving width. He was in HEAVEN.

I, however, was in hell.....see, I had blocked out the reason I hated weaving on this thing. It's a PITA to warp - there's not a whole lotta room between the beater and the first set of harnesses, I can't find my favorite heddle hook (HD, very short, nice brass...it's AWOL and the 2 I can find are long, unwieldy things), so I was bumping my hand and wrist against the reed and harnesses. Ick.

Anyway, I got out some not quite nice red wool - it's itchy. It washes up beautifully, and blooms wonderfully, but I hate warping it - but he loved it. "So pretty!" was a common comment. 4 inches in the reed, at 6 EPI, 2 yards long.....he helped beam it, and I wove the first 2 inches or so.

Then, I turned him loose. He didn't do too badly for a first attempt - he is, after all, only 4. There's a few skipped threads, some interesting loops of weft....I'm trying to not "fix" it...but it's hard. He's got 1 part that is almost perfect - mine was a bit tight, I was going for maximum draw-in; his looks good, for about 3/4".

He told me last night that he wanted to get up early today and "loom". Everyone go "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh". *g*

Now Herself is jealous......*sigh* I told her she could do the next project. She doesn't really *want* to weave, she just can't stand him doing something she can't. Maybe I should look into getting a HD Easy Weaver or 2 for Christmas...........
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Whew!

I made it thru the whole RAOK ring today - whew! Lots of talented people, even if they don't weave. *g* Mostly knitters, which is cool, and even a few more spinners. Whoo Hoo! We are slowly taking over the world......

OK, I'm fine now, really. The cortisone injection today has done some weird things....I feel loopy. Ah, well - the joys of modern medicine!

I'd like some input here - I want to wind a new warp for more towels. These are going to be a twill sampler - 5 or 6 stripes of various twills, side by side in the warp and separated by a narrow, darker stripe.

What I want input on is: color. Should I warp up an all white warp (which will make the twill pattern appear in whatever color I use for weft) with a colored divider, should I do each stripe in a different color......decisions, decisions.

I have 4 colors of the 10/2 (EDIT: I was wrong yesterday - it's 10/2 not 8/2) yarn: white, forest-y green, burgundy, and blue marl. I can do all white warp, and do each towel in the various colors, I can do each stripe a different color and either use 1 color in the weft for each towel, or do a plaid by rotating the weft colors in the same sequence (or different) as the stripes...2 color warp and 2 color weft......

Oh, and I think I want to use the burgundy as the divider, unless I do each stripe a different color - in which case I'll dump the divider and just let the colors change naturally. Maybe, that is.....*g*

Ideas, people! If you were looking at handwoven dishtowels for your house, which would you prefer?

The all white towels I've done so far look wonderful, but I'm wondering about stain-age. (Not that it matters for me - I'll just weave more!!) The yarn is very fine, and the completed towels look very nice - almost heirloom. I was going for a more hand-crafted look, but I need heavier yarn for that. *g* Maybe the next time I order yarn (next year sometime the way it's looking right now. No biggie - I'm not yarn deficient by any means!!)

Leave your opinions, please - I'm almost done with this batch and I'm in a weaving mood. Gotta ride it while it's here!!