A Day in the Life of my Looms

Meg of Unravelling asked for pictures of our looms on New Years Day.  While it isn’t officially the first day of the year here, my looms will look the same in 6 hours.



Harrisville, all folded up and tucked in the corner

May 2010 be a great year for all of us!

Dec 30

After some small issues, I’ve actually begun weaving the 60/2 silk project.  It’s slow going, partly because I’m babying it.  I don’t want any errors in this.

I’ve been down in the dumps since Christmas Eve.  At some points, I feel totally useless and wonder what my purpose is in life (other than tormenting everyone I know :)).  This coming year, I’m telling everyone that Christmas is off my list.  If they want to get me something, they can donate to their local humane society or homeless shelter.  There won’t be any get togethers for me.  I’ll make that well known before the summer is over.  Perhaps that will keep the ho-hums away.   Of course, there is a lot more to all this but it would be boring.  Regardless, I’m ready for the New Year to begin and everything go back to normal.

Weaving with 60/2 silk pt 1

Bleh.  Apparently when they asked me to come back to work, they said they’d only need me through the end of December.  The only reason I know this is because they’ve asked me to stay thru the end of January instead.  This is going to put a serious dent in my purchasing of toys.  Bleh.

I know it’s silly but I’ve been letting 6 little 25 gram hanks of yarn scare me.  I’ve been putting off working with it because of that but it was time.  It’s been both harder and easier than I imagined, and I’ve only just begun.  I had planned on weaving it on the Gilmore, which has inserted eye heddles that would be better for the warp.  Unfortunately, I only have 500 heddles on the Gilmore, and I need 600.  The Mac has 1220 heddles so plenty there but flat steel heddles… more fear.  I don’t have much warp yarn left but I did have enough to create a tiny dummy warp.  I tied it on as tight as I could then raised shafts and moved the beater back and forth.  I was surprised at how well it held up with as tight as I had it.  Still, I’ll have to be careful and will definitely take more care when I weave on the real warp.

I have a little over half of the warp threaded.  Still, more fear.  This isn’t a straight 1234 threading. It’s more like 43213218218718768765 and on and on for a 176 thread repeat.  I’ve always printed the draft and threaded directly from it.  I tried it with this and almost skipped a small section.  Fear fear fear.  What if I already did miss a section and just didn’t realize it?  I’ll find out soon enough.  In the meantime, I created columns in the word processor and entered in the shaft numbers that needed threaded in sets of 4.  Each time I finish threading 4 shafts, I put a pin next to those 4 numbers.  This has actually helped speed up the threading process.  No more looking at tiny boxes on a draft and making sure I’ve got the right shaft number.  Now I just read off 4 numbers at a time.  Hopefully I’ll get the threading finished tomorrow, and the weaving started on Tuesday.

Dec 14

Saturday was the weaving guild’s meeting/potluck/holiday get-together.  I procrastinated making the dessert I was going to take but did finally get it done and ready to go.  It also decided to rain Saturday.  I didn’t get 15 miles from home and saw two accidents, so I wussed out and went back home.  And saw several more accidents.  Really people, when it rains where it doesn’t normally rain, going 80 miles per hour isn’t a smart thing to do.  Every one of the accidents I saw were from cars driving in the fast lane.  Not that people don’t go slow in the fast lane but most people around here don’t.  Since I didn’t go to the party, we get to eat what I was taking.

In the meantime, The Man braved the rain and went to his uncle’s house, and ended up staying overnight since the rain got so bad.  That gave me plenty of alone time to finish a scarf.

I played with this in Picnik trying to get the color right, and ended up putting that smudgy edging on it.  I like it.  The color of the scarf is a little darker than the picture shows.  The draft is from the Sept/Oct 2009 issue of Handwoven, called the Budget Bamboo Shawl.  Daughter liked the look but she doesn’t wear shawls, plus the yarn called for doesn’t come in the green she wanted.  I used 8/2 Tencel, set at 20 epi to keep the lacy look and still shrink the width.  The weaving went so fast that I forgot to put my measuring string on.  Even after wet finishing, the thing almost reaches the ground when I drape it around my neck.  Both of my daughters are taller than me and this daughter likes them long anyway, so it’ll work.  I started weaving it Saturday night and finished it Sunday morning, then did the fringe in the afternoon.

I also finished weaving and fringing the black and white scarf for the other daughter.  I’m procrastinating the attempting to full it part.  I’m going to have to take a deep breath and just do it.

Facing it

I have come to the conclusion that no matter how careful I am, I’m going to do something stupid each time I start a new project.  I put an olive green tencel warp on the Harrisville and totally missed going over the back beam.  I always wondered how people could do that.  Now I know.

I was putting a black and white warp on the Gilmore and hubby called on his way home.  As I talked on the phone, I happily untied my cross holding threads.  Didn’t realize it until I got to the front of the loom and didn’t have a cross to put my lease sticks in.  I did get it warped and I think it turned out great for not having a cross.  I would say no harm no foul, but hubby would attest to the fact that there was plenty of foul when he walked in the door and heard me cursing.  Hello sailors, you have nothing on my potty mouth.

I did get the daughters waffle weave towels done, with the correct number of threads.  Yay!

Only two are pictured here, and they’re not yet cut apart in the photo.   They’ve been washed and dryed and are ready to be shipped out.

Here’s the black and white scarf on one of the looms.

This is called deflected doubleweave.  I call it a pain in the ass.  If the daughter hadn’t asked for it, I wouldn’t be doing it.  I really dislike using two shuttles.  Tucking all those ends in when you switch colors.. bleh!  Since this is supposed to be fulled, I decided to cheat and carry the colors up the sides.  While this yarn isn’t going to completely full, hell it might not partially full, I can only hope that you won’t be able to tell after it’s taken a bath.  The reverse side looks different.

No picture of the green warp since it’s still just a warp and no weft threads have been thrown.