I started with these cones but Old Gold on the left was too dull.
I twisted threads together from the pairs and realized that the ice lilac on the left would get completely lost.
So I substituted the mauve (on the left) and at this point, I think this is my final answer. Now I'm trying to decide how many towels I want to weave. My standard is ten. I guess I'm not completely sold yet.
So in the interim I'll weave towels from these cones. I've had this cone of variegated yarn for almost as long as I've been weaving but haven't known what to do with it, which is why I'm just weaving four. I think it's promising, at least in theory. I'll put the variegated yarn on harnesses 2 and 4 so all the square blocks will be that, plus the solid it's paired with. It'll either be a hit or a miss.
And then there's Crackle. It's so pretty that I've decided to try it again this year, but with just two shuttles next time. I couldn't manage three shuttles and made an error an inch. This was the first towel and yarn from all three shuttles kept getting caught on the apron rod and breaking at the selvage. It took a week just to weave this one and I was overwhelmed.
So for the next three towels I just used one shuttle and tried to accustom myself to the changing treadling each inch and keep track of where I was. It went better but I still made tons of errors. The fourth towel was error free until the last inch and when I saw it, I knew I wasn't going to unweave and go back. None of these are suitable for dishtowels so I'm not going to hem them. I think I'll sew something out of them, cutting between the bad spots - either a bag or a stuffed toy or...?