Once I got the warp secured I was pleased with warping from the back. I'm still missing a step and will have the same experience if I do this again on my own, but Linda Gettman came to my rescue. I'm going over to her house tomorrow afternoon because she has offered to show me how you're really supposed to do it. I can see the importance of warping from the back, especially when weaving with small threads because I had absolutely no threading or sleying errors. If you recognize Linda's name, that's because she just had her Crackle Weave runner published in the most recent issue of Handwoven.
She also told me that you can use sewing thread as weft for dish towels hems. She showed me one of her finished towels and boy does it make a nice flat hem. I forgot completely about that on these towels until nearly the last one. She said she just slides the spool onto a boat shuttle. An empty spool on either side should make it even more effective. I'll empty a couple of sewing thread spools with ugly colors before I get to the other end and see if it tracks better.
One inch of thread and now I'm back to weaving with 8/2 cotton. I wish I had known about this a long time ago. I've never been happy with my hems because they're just too thick. It's one of the things I love about weaving - there is always something else to learn.
Ian had happy news today. Yesterday he went in for an x-ray and today his urologist told him that the stone is gone. The next step is an appointment to talk about a lifelong diet and strategies to keep kidney stones from being a recurring problem. The doctor's parting words were "stay hydrated."