|Kitten protection for the warp chains.|
|Sadly, a dressed loom but no weft dry enough to weave with!|
I finished winding the last warp chain yesterday, tied it on and beamed the warp. Despite my complaints about the tedious bit of tying on the new warp, the whole buisiness of dressing the loom seemed to pretty much sail along. Once I got the knots through the reed, the rest of the process was pretty effortless. I untied the cord which had been turned into a kitten toy - that was a good 10 minutes of fun - so that I could lash on the warp, thus saving a bit more of my handspun yarn.
Then I started test weaving - fixing two crossed threads. I test wove a couple of inches and was horrified. It looked awful! The grey of the warp and the beige colour of the weft were lifeless. I even asked hubby to check it out, hoping he'd just say something about the light and make me feel better but his comment was "Gak, can you dye it"... something I hadn't really wanted to do. I'd spun up a pretty borderline amount of weft, not wanting to have yards of it left over. Dyeing it means either spinning more or dyeing extra fibre.
|Awesome, awesome, awesome, dark blue from an Indigo vat.|
Now I'm drying the yarn in front of the fire, in hopes of getting a little bit of weaving done.