What a fun name! I'm not even sure whether it's pronounced bum-ber-et or bum-ber-ay, though I prefer the latter. Either way, what a quick weave, and the towels have a nice texture to them. These are the first towels that I've woven using Maurice Brassard 8/2 cotton, and I really enjoyed using it. The colors aren't as vibrant as 10/2 mercerized yarn, but it has a much better feel to it than the 8/2 unmercerized cotton from Halcyon. That yarn has quite a rough texture.
As you can see, I ended up with 6 towels instead of the 4 that were expected, so BONUS! I also have a bit of scrap that I'll be able to use for something, I'm sure. I wove 2 towels using 2 different shades of purple;
Two from a black cotton;
and 2 from black cottolin. Although that yarn was 8/2, it seemed a bit thicker, and so the towels have a different feel to them.
When you look at a closeup of the cloth, you can see a small pattern that seems to remind me of cloven hooves, for some reason…
The weaving on the Paradise Cove warp came to a screeching halt last Monday when I finished weaving the first wrap with the black tencel weft.
The next semi-custom slot holder wants hand dyed peppermint yarn for her weft, which arrived in the mail last week. The decision was made to have the yarn speckle dyed, so I planned to do as much as I could on Wednesday, knowing would be away the next day for a nursing conference, and then have to work today and tomorrow.
Being the way I am, I ended up completing the process all in one day, which is a lot. I set up the table in my garage, adding plastic and bringing out the dye powders that I would use. Mind you, the night before the temps had dropped into the 30's, and the garage is unheated, so it was very chilly out there.
The skeins had been already wound, so I put them in hot soapy water (I used Synthrapol) for about 30 minutes, then rinsed and soaked them in a soda ash solution for another 30 or so. Then one by one I set them o…
We are in the midst of a brutal blizzard that has been burying us with snow since 4 PM yesterday, so 9 hours. The winds are howling and the snow flying sideways. It is supposed to last until 8 or 9 PM, with totals locally 18-24 inches are more. I have to say, I am happy that I did not have to get to work this morning, though I am sure the roads will be a mess tomorrow as well. The not-so-great news is that this is not the end of our unbelieveable week of snow. We're supposed to get at least half of our yearly amount during this week alone!
Last Sunday, the ground was dry without a speck of snow. We have had 5 storms since then, with another coming Wednesday into Thursday.
This photo was taken out my bedroom window yesterday morning, before the blizzard arrived, so the snow you see had fallen over the past 6 days, equaling ~15 inches.
Here are some taken this morning, blizzard still roaring;
Inside our den. These windows are 5 feet off the ground, and as of now, the snow is a…