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Choices, Choices

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This will be a photo-heavy post, as I have just spent half of a day trying to finalize some color options for a broken twill baby blanket warp.  Thanks to Peg, a faithful reader, I perused a site https://www.design-seeds.com/ which has all kinds of inspirations.  Thanks, Peg!!

Here are my two color family choices.  I would hope to weave at least 2 blankets on this warp, so I have a couple of weft choices as well.

Option 1:  first, the inspiration pic (yep, it's Nemo!);


and the draw downs;




Option 2 inspiration pic:


and the draw downs;



Please note that I tried as best as I could to match the colors represented in the palettes with the available colors of yarn by taking screen shots of the yarn to obtain the hex and RGB codes, then inputting those into my weaving software.

So, whatcha think???

What I Did on my "Summer" Vacation

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As I sit here, the rain is falling and the temps are, well, nothing to speak of.  We here in Maine pride ourselves on turning the heat off fairly early in the spring, more as a matter of pride (and oil savings) than in response to the warming of the earth.  This year, I have to admit, I waiting longer than usual, as the temps were just too cold and the atmosphere too wet.

Well, today is one of those days when I really, REALLY want to turn it back on.  The outside temperature is around 50 degrees, and it has been raining on and off since last night.  I felt comfortable weaving, but as soon as I stopped, my fingers and feet became instantly cold.  It doesn't help that I eat a delicious but quite cold lunch every day as well. So, I've been bundled up, my finger itching to flip the switch, just this once...until hubby kindly started a fire in the woodstove.  It hasn't heated anything up as yet, but soon I'm sure I'll be peeling off layers and wondering why it's so…

I've Been Busy. Really.

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I know that my last post showed me warping my long towel project, with promises of weaving and photos ahead.  Well....  I have managed to weave one towel, which is pretty pathetic.  But, really, I have a valid excuse.  I do!

First, the on-the-loom towel shot;



Just a simple 4 shaft crepe weave.  The warp is 8/2 Georgia unmercerized cotton, and this weft is Brassard's 8/2 in navy.  I love the simplicity of the design, especially since I used to use this structure quite a bit but haven't for a long time.  You can also see that I used reinforced selvedges (and a temple).

The weather here has been just horrid most of the time, gray, cool, and rainy/showery.  Our normal high is 66, yet for the last few days we have hovered in the mid-40's.  Every now and then the sun will pop out, but most of the time, I'm at work when that happens, and I can't even find the time to pop outside for a quick break.  That is very disheartening to me, that in a 12.5 hour shift, I cannot take…

Beginnings

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It's been two weeks since I last blogged, and I cannot tell you what I've been doing, even though it has only been those 14 days. I think there was a lot of work hours in there, coming in extra to do some administrative and training stuff, and I also worked a 24 hour shift at the end of this past week - maybe that would account for the memory lapse?!?

On the weaving front, I've only been able to manage measuring and dressing the big loom for those towels I wrote about recently.  The warp yarn in 8/2 Georgia cotton, and I have to say, it's lovely stuff.  Nice and soft as it ran through my hands, I managed to warp, thread, and sley with nary a tangle.  I did, however, do this:


I had just taken the lease sticks out after sleying the reed, and saw that I did what most weavers with any experience think they will NEVER do again - forgot to put the warp over the back beam!!  I just stood there, thinking, did I really do that??

Lucky for me, my lovely Glimakra Standard has a r…

Curvy Tencel Cowls

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Happy Easter, everyone!

This will be a short post, because it is BEAUTIFUL outdoors, and I've been at this computer way too long already!

The tencel cowls are off the loom, sewn, tagged, and ready in my Etsy shop.  I really like the drape of these, and the way tencel feels is always so luxurious.  I ended up with three of the long looped cowls, measuring approximately 8.5 inches wide by 35.5 inches looped and laid flat.  That length allows for a lot of variation in how the cowls are worn.







The "nasty woman" fobs are also live in my shop.  Two have already sold, so there are now 3 available.  I'm going to warp up the inkle one more time for this weave, so more will be on the way, including another one or two with "resist" on them.



I have begun to plan for the next towel warp.  Nothing complex, just a natural colored warp and different color wefts, probably using crepe weave.  I may do a run of 10 or 12 towels for this, then warp for a more complex structure t…

Empty Looms

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Yes, I finally got both the key fob warp and the tencel cowl warp off the looms, only one day apart!

The key fobs are assembled, photographed, but not yet listed in my Etsy shop.  I managed 4 "nasty woman" fobs and one "resist."  As expected, the word "woman" wraps around the wristlet a bit, being a longer word than "nasty," but since they are to be grabbed or worn around a wrist, I don't think that it matters too much.  Finished they range in length from 6.5 inches to 7.25 inches including the hardware.  The actual rings have since been attached as well - I just find they make photographing a bit more challenging.




Not sure why I didn't take a solo shot of the "resist" one...

And here they are laid out flat before being assembled:


The colors are truer in the first three photos.  

Here is an (over-exposed) photo of the cowl warp off the loom, prior to wet finishing:


I ended up with three that are long enough for doubling up, an…

? Final Tencel Cowl??

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After a bit of a break due to work schedules and family commitments, I'm back at the Baby Wolf weaving the third tencel scarf/cowl.  I did decide to to ahead with the blue ming, and I'm glad I did!



In real life, the weft color is more consistent - in these photos it almost looks a bit variegated.  Anyway, I sat down this morning at 9, planning on weaving a yard, or maybe a bit more, but I ended up stopping at 64 inches at 11:20!  I obviously have the pattern memorized, and to be truthful, I'm becoming quite bored with it and so am anxious to finish this warp.  If I can get my butt in gear this afternoon, I can most likely finish this piece, but I also brought the inkle loom downstairs to try to finish that warp as well.  I guess I will have to see which project pulls me to it more strongly.

The inkle warp isn't long enough for a fifth "nasty woman" band, so I'm thinking I am just going to try to weave "resist" and have a fob that is an easy-to-g…

More Tencel Cowls and a Bit of Political Fun

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When searching for my next weaving project, I found myself drawn to another batch of the network twill cowls like the ones I just finished, but in a different colorway.  My thinking was that the treadling pattern was fresh in my mind and would therefore facilitate a speedy weave.  I was partially correct, though I waited just a bit too long to start the project.  I'd forgotten most of the sequence, but relearned it much faster than the first time.

I wound a warp using Webs' 8/2 tencel in the Birch colorway, and I have to say, it is lovely!  There is almost a slight sparkle to it, which seems to give it some depth.  For the first cowl, I used black tencel, and really liked the results.



For the second cowl, I decided to try a variegated tencel, also from Webs, Iris Combo.  It is made up of black, royal blue and magenta, and seems really difficult to photograph.  I also changed the treadling a bit to adjust the curves.



I think I have enough warp left for one more scarf/cowl, and …

Sock E.R., and STELLA!!!

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As I sit at my computer, the snow from our almost-spring blizzard known as Stella has been falling since this morning, but is only now beginning to pick up the pace.  We are supposed to get 12-18 inches, which is better than the 12-20" they predicted a day or so ago, but really, who knows how much we'll get??  Not being a fan of winter, or snow storms in particular, you can only imagine my how happy I am about this latest weather event.  I am consoling myself with the knowledge that the sun is closer and thus warmer, and the days are longer too, so the snow should melt faster than with the previous blizzard.  We have filled up some containers with our well water, and we are both at home, so driving isn't an issue.

Last week I was at home and decided to finally measure warp for the second set of advancing twill scarves/cowls.  My little loom is upstairs in a spare bedroom, and the floors are covered with an area rug and some old pine flooring.  I was wearing one of my favo…