Last week, at the weaver's guild Christmas potluck, Kai brought a huge packet of fortune cookies. We all had to take a cookie, open it and read out our fortune as it pertained to weaving. Mine said something about starting a project with a bang, which pretty much suggested to me that for weaving, I should probably put a project on the loom. I'd been dithering over a project for ages. Being preoccupied with spinning, it was easy to not make a decision on what to weave. I've been considering a fairly big project like some yardage or a blanket, but being that it was a week and a half before Christmas, I decided on a scarf project. I dug up a bunch of handspun : small, sample balls which had been kicking around for ages and added two mill ends of wool/ silk blend which have also been kicking around for ages. I wound off a warp for 5 scarves but ended up cutting off the last bit of warp before it was wound on as some of the handspun was getting a bit tangled and frayed in the process of dressing the loom. I figured I had enough for 4 scarves, which was one more than I needed for gifts.
The first scarf was a sample. I wasn't sure of my sett and doing a bit of twill, it made me a little more unsure. I unwove the twill, and did the 1st scarf in tabby. I didn't like the results - I just don't like most of the tabby weave that I've ever done and it didn't have a nice drape, so the next 3 were done in a 2/2 twill. Scarves are a pretty easy weave. Sometimes having a fast and fun project to just whip off is a way to get back to being productive. Since that poor loom has been a cat climber for the past few months, weaving off the scarves felt really good. The blue one is with a handspun, woad dyed weft. the two grey ones, I'm not sure about. The weft was an unlabelled ball of wool singles, which could have been handspun or a bit unevenly spun commercial yarn. I lightly plied it before weaving with it. I am going to have to get better about labeling! All 3 of these will end up being Christmas presents.
Then I started a pair of mittens. This is commercial yarn that I dyed with walnuts. I think it's Patons Classic wool which is soft, thick and easy to work with. It's a 3 ply and fairly chunky so it works up quickly. Someone can always use a warm pair of mittens.
On the wheel? - commercially processed cotton sliver. While I can spin the cotton fairly easily now, I'm still working on consistency. It's awfully easy to get these micro thin spots in an otherwise decent yarn.
Lesson of the week - it's way easier to start and finish a project when you actually decide what to do!