12 March 2012

One scarf -- still warm.

I really have to remember that looking at a photo of a friend on my fridge, and having nice warm thoughts, does not mean I have just contacted them... nor does posting photos to facebook mean that anyone who pulls up A Woven Way will know just how jazzed I am with the new scarf (that I'm sure they must know about -- d'uh).
I am really happy with the weight and hand of this scarf.  I wore it out Saturday night and received nice comments.
It's been a longer time coming than I said, but it got done!  I actually made two on the same warp.  The photo is of the one in plain weave.

The second one was woven in a twill.   And I'm a little upset with myself about the poor planning that went into that!  I have been weaving long enough to know a few weaving things... one is, never take the same sett (distance between warp threads for non-weavers) that is good for a plain weave, then turn around and expect it to be as good for a twill.

Now, a little background on the weft.  The weft is comprised of 2 strands of 20/2 cotton and 1 strand of 10/2 Tencel.  I plied them together on my spinning wheel.  (just typing 'spinning wheel' makes me all calm and peaceful) The spinning was so enjoyable.

So, the twill scarf is HEAVY, why?   Well, the weft just kept packing down, which it will do on an open sett using twill.   I got about 3 to 4 inches less of weaving to each pirn (bobbin for non-weavers).  I was constantly winding pirns, and going through weft like nobody's business.  There is no photo of the twill scarf yet because I am still pouting.  It is not the scarf's fault.  But I am still pouting. It will probably become my favorite winter scarf, we shall see.

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