The shawl edging is almost at the three-quarter mark! I got through a whole lot yesterday, and I'm hoping to finish it today. Plus, my thumb is de-sutured and pronounced as healing fast, so I'm back to full fiberness.
This morning I dug out many back issues of Handwoven looking for three specific drafts. Now I have to browse the 8/4 carpet warp stash for the right color or, more likely, order it, and then head out to the fabric store for the right cloth. Not that being in a store today is high on my list of fun things to do ...
I have decided that the towel warp on the big loom (sleyed, but unthreaded) is toast. I need that loom to make bathmats for my sister for Christmas, and the old warp is just too inexpensive for me to care about ditching it. I'll probably save the warp chains to use in corduroy or something, but they must go if I'm going to overcome weaving inertia. The next order of business is 1) 8/4 carpet warp color inventory and 2) fabric shopping for the rug rag strips. I'll be leafing through assorted Swedish materials to find the draft I'm thinking of.
I'm also going to reserve a couple of 2004 Shetland fleeces tonight: a moorit, a black, and maybe one other. Shetland fleeces are so small, you can't buy just one!
People ask me how I do it,
And I say "There's nothin' to it,
You just stand there lookin' cute,
And when something moves, you shoot!"
And there's ten stuffed heads in my trophy room right now:
Two game wardens, seven hunters, and a pure-bred Guernsey cow.
And I may not warp today after all, because I'm itching to spin instead. Once that's done, maybe I'll start on the towels that are ready to go, because getting the small loom empty would let me do a few scarves, etc, for holiday gifts.
Oh, Interweave seems to be starting with the advisory boards. I got an email with a link to review the winter issue of SpinOff, which is great, but that issue isn't here yet. Nothing yet from Handwoven - anyone else heard about that board?
One of the queued projects is a bathmat for my sister. I made one for her years ago, but it's finally falling apart. It was adapted from a Handwoven article from the early 90s (?) and used shadow weave in thick and thin threads with rags and carpet warp. I'm still thinking rags for the new one, but in block patterns instead. Time to paw through the back issues of Vävmagasinet - the draft I'm thinking of is in one of them.
Meanwhile, all the trees are bending sideways in the fierce wind, enhanced with a bit of snow. At least the power is still on, and the furnace, which was inspected and cleaned yesterday, is working nicely. I'm really impressed with the Arm & Hammer furnace filters impregnated with baking soda. They're taking out the smell of the summer accumulation of dust, mold and whatever very well, and they're cheap.
So since I'm at home this afternoon waiting for the water meter inspector to do the five year check, I guess I'll either work on the shawl or spin some more Clun Forest.
So the lightlink pages are here now. I won't be updating the old ones any longer (note to self, put link to TypePad on old pages), but I don't want to delete them either because that would break links from many places.
Yes, it's a mega-Monday ...
I've nearly finished another repeat on the shawl. I'll do another half repeat and then evaluate how much yarn is left. I'd like the shawl to be as long as possible, but I need to preserve enough yarn for the edging. The remaining two skeins of the handspun are very slightly darker, which in a pinch might be OK for the ribbed band, but I'd rather not have the contrast. I'll probably put a lifeline in every half repeat and rip back if necessary.