Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Trying New Things

Monday was so pretty that I finished up weaving after lunch and went outside to read.  Usually by this time of day the wind has come up, but it was perfect - or not, considering it's March.
I have wanted to weave blocks of color using turned taquete since Marie Houk posted about them last year in the Facebook group, 4-Shaft Weaving.  The hold-up was that I needed to order yarn but shipping is so expensive that I refrained until I knew exactly what I wanted to order.  Now I'm ready and these are the six colors I've selected.

I got nervous, feeling that there wasn't enough variation between the colors so wound a section of warp using two lighter colors - big mistake.  I knew instantly when I stepped back to evaluate my selections that it was wrong.  The offending section is in the trash and fortunately it's only a four-yarn warp.
I wove the first towel in gold.  I don't know why with all the brilliant jewel tones I would have picked the meekest color and I don't like it.  I'm much happier with the strawberry in the second towel.  This is completely experimental.  I'm figuring out what I'm doing as I go along.  They're going to be smaller than I like so I'll revisit the size of the blocks on the next set.  The squares are 2" and the strips are 1/2" and maybe I'll just make the blocks 2.25" next time so I can make the towels wider and longer.
I'm weaving a couple more huck-lace scarves on Arthur, this time in 8/2 Tencel.  Changing tie-up is no fun so I've decided to use this tie-up again and some more.  It's really so much prettier in the 16/2 bamboo that I'll do that again too.  I find huck lace is really easy to weave and keep track of where I am.  I'll have to order the yarn so I'm trying to think of something - anything - I might need to knock down the price of shipping for one small tube of yarn.
Nothing pleases Maddie more than when I stop doing stuff and start reading because she's a bibliocat.  We like our afternoon ritual.


karensspinzen said...

Your playing with the taquete is where I'm at with drall, right now. If I learn from you, does your experimenting count for me, too?

Maggie said...

I love that huck lace pattern! I have a 4-shaft going that I'm less fond of, and should put that 8-shaft back on so I stop avoiding the loominaria.
I can't believe you trashed your trial! I would have dug it out and made something with it!