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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…

As Promised

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Here are some photos of the finished tablet-woven bands.  There were three in all, and they definitely improved in quality as I progressed.  Unfortunately, the first one was the one meant for my son, so it's full of mistakes and issues, but I just gave it to him yesterday, and he seemed pleased, or was, at least, too polite to say anything else!

Here are the three bands right after I cut them apart:



And after being clamped in the hardware:




I guess I will be listing the remaining two in my Etsy shop at some point.  I really like how they came out, and they feel very sturdy.  I think the next tablet weave will be a pattern of some sort, but I really need to prioritize my weaving time and make a list, so I can get back on track.

My, How Time Flies!

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Yet again, more time has elapsed between posts than I had planned on.  I guess my life is more busy than I suppose, and/or less interesting to others.

That very snowy week that we had certainly took a lot out of all of us!  We had 4 or 5 storms in a little over one week, and two of them were real whoppers.  The first one, which I think I already talked about a bit, was over 2 feet deep.  The second was about a foot.  Here's a photo of some of the snow that accumulated, along with some that was shovelled off of a relatively flat roof, taken at night on my cellphone as I came home from work.


That is our kitchen window over the counter tops you are looking at, and the pile is right next to our very narrow walkway to the garage.

Miraculously, we entered a very mild stretch after that memorable week, and we now have some grassy patches showing through on our property!  No fan of winter, this pleases me quite a bit.  I think this weekend we are plunging into some really cold temps, but …