Things have been productive around Chez Pahdoco the last few days. I finished off the Spring Dreamin’, and it’s 950 yards of beautiful lace weight goodness.
I finished my first actual weaving project – a plaid scarf.
It’s not perfect, but I’m okay with it. However, it’s a little scratchy for me.
Made some good progress on the Skandalwanderer this week.
How have I made this much progress this week? I got my 80 hours in by the end of the day Thursday, so I had Friday off as an RDO. I had a lovely quiet day spinning, weaving, and knitting. Work has felt stressful so it was very welcome.
I’ve kept Jim busy the last few days making me a few things to help with the loom. He’s made me extra shuttles, and some warping sticks. His latest was a couple of raddles, which help with making warps. One thing I didn’t realize about weaving was that I’d need a few clamps for holding things still on tables. When I mentioned it to Jim he said he had that covered. Boy did he.
These little jobs are great. Easy to use, no wearing out your wrist twisting screws, easy release, and gentle interfaces.
I need to swatch for a KAL we’re doing with Cheryl Oberle of her Wool Peddler’s Shawl. I’m going to use some gorgeous supposedly cashmere blend that’s been in my stash forever. Or since it’s a shawl I might just start knitting. But this morning, I did a weaving swatch. Except in weaver-speak it’s not swatching, it’s sampling. Whatever.
The point is, I took the yarns I want to use and spent a couple of hours warping up a bit and weaving it, then finishing it like I plan to do the project and running it through the washer.
This is finished but not washed.
And this is post washing.
It shrunk up a little more than I thought it might, which is good to know when I get ready to actually figure out how wide to make the warp and how long to weave the pieces, and how much to leave between them. Speaking of pieces, it’s going to be place mats. Terribly original I know, but I’d like to do something we can actually use. After that I’m thinking a nice pooling scarf.