I finished the dishtowels and got them in the mail last weekend, though I was racing around like a mad woman trying to get them shipped before I left for my book club. I'm happy with them, especially with the tracking in this plain weave - not happy enough to weave this fiddly pattern again though.
I received an email on Sunday from a blog reader in Florida, asking me to clarify why I didn't like the Texsolv heddles on my Dorset. She also has a Dorset and had been thinking about changing her heddles to the Texsolv. I learned when I visited Gayle that there are two generations of Dorset studio looms. The first, which mine is, was made from a light wood and is a very light and portable loom, also why I needed heavier heddles. Gayle has the second generation Dorset and it's very heavy. I explained this in my email response and then offered her mine. No one in my guild could put this size to use and I had planned to offer them in a blog post, but she beat me to the punch. I dropped them in the mail Monday on my way to work.
I had been called to sub last week for a librarian who was in the middle of a family crisis and when she called me from California Sunday evening it sounded like she was also in the middle of a personal meltdown. She didn't leave lesson plans and while trying to explain her schedule to me, she let me know that the library was a mess. "The books are flat - flat on the shelves." And indeed they were.
I have never seen anything like this and don't quite understand how this happened. For one thing, her narrow shelving is probably original to the school library which is 50 years old this year. I had my work cut out for me and managed to wrestle it into shape in between class visits. Friday she had seven class visits as well as a lunchroom duty. I have no idea how she has time to run a library. When I turned the lights out and closed the door, I had managed to shelve all but one row on a shelving cart and the books were sorted and in order. It was the best I could do.
My sole weaving project is pretty uninteresting and looks a lot like medical gauze. I've woven these scarves several times in the past because they do well at craft fairs and I have one coming up this Saturday. I need to finish weaving these four so I can dye and press them.
I'd like to finish the fourth of these cowls so I can dye them at the same time as the scarves. My daughter asked me if I could knit seven of them as gifts for her belly dance troop. Actually she asked me what I'd charge since she didn't want to spend more than $20-$25 and so that's what I'll charge her. I bought this Merino at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Show about ten years ago. I only purchased a pound of wool and have never been able to find a project for the yarn. I'm pretty happy to finally use it. The roving was a blend of butterscotch and natural so they're going to look great after I dye them.
Time to start a new project! I'm finally going to be able to put the information I learned in my workshop to use. These Tencel yarns are analogous on the color wheel and I'm hoping will produce an iridescent cloth.
Someone on 4-Shaft Weaving suggested that next time I wind a solid warp that I first wind a small cone and hold two threads together. I don't have a cone winder so this is my adaptation - a large bobbin in a heavy shuttle. It took forever to wind that bobbin, which is when I decided that this is week I will order the electric bobbin winder - before I experience a repetitive motion injury. I am very much looking forward to working with color again.