To speak the truth I can hardly tear myself off the loom to write anything. I can’t begin to describe how much I love all this at the moment. The whole world around me seems to be full of different weave structures and I must learn all of them. Today when queuing at the grocery store before the cashier, I was looking at a woven scarf a woman in front of me was wearing… I could hardly stop myself from touching the scarf.
After finishing the shawl I did not dare to let myself into this ”not having anything under way”-state and stress and right away put another warp on the loom. I had beautiful spools of cotton/linen blend waiting and a pattern picked out from another Taito magazine. The yarn is Bockens Nialin (22/2 or tex 80x2 – this tex numbering is a lot easier to me, the other is a bit puzzling at the moment) and it has a beautiful colour chart. This warp – hopefully – will turn into pillow cases. I was trying to look for a name for the weave structure in English from The Weaving Book by Helene Bress but did not find anything I could call it, I'm sure the pattern is in the book, I just could not find it. This book has nearly 3000 different weave structure variations, so I guess it could be called the “Barbara Walker’s” in weaving. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe there are even more comprehensive books that I don’t know of.
I’m not familiar of the way the structures are marked or charted out in the book. I’m used to different kind of pattern writing and to understand this book I need to study a bit more.
Why I call myself a beginning weaver is the fact that I don’t have a clue of what I’m doing. Or why I’m doing what I’m doing. I’m having a hard time following the instructions in the patterns. And after following the pattern as well as I can, I watch in awe what I’m making. Very entertaining but at the same time I’m at the edge, anything could happen, anything could go wrong. But I do love all of this. I have piles of weaving books and every night I fall asleep thinking what I’ll do next. I’m hoping that I will get the hang of this in the coming months. Right now I could not design anything, I could not pick a weave structure and make something out of it. I don’t know eg how to add more stable selvages if need be. I don’t know how to make any changes. Well, maybe I could make wider or narrower cloth if I wanted but that is about it.
All the weaving yarns are new to me. When I pick cotton yarn to knit something out of it, I somehow can picture beforehand how it will look, will it drape, how hard it is on hands etc, but here I know next to nothing. I know that linen is a difficult yarn to work with because it breaks easily.
This is a good week for weaving. The children are off school, the skiing holidays, as they are called here, and this means that we are all off schedule. I hope I can get a lot done this week.
Yesterday morning when I was waiting for the girls (at least one of them) to wake up to help me to warp the loom, they kept on sleeping and sleeping (teenagers and their abilities to sleep!). It was perfect moment to spin and I started with this Merino/Yak blend. The roving is beautifully prepared and very easy to spin and the singles seem very very soft. I was thinking of plying it with some other wool to give the yarn more structure, but I don’t think I have anything in my stash that I would think worthy enough.
All the agony I had with the Merino/Silk (left) is washed away now when I look at the skein - abt 130 g(4,6 oz) and 870 meters(966 yards). The yarn looks nice and feels nice but so far I don’t have any plans for it (since my number one plan to knit a shawl out of it did not work out).
And here finally the socks. These are Pomatomus with 2,5 mm needles of Rowan 4 ply soft.And these Embossed Leaves Socks (IK winter2005) with 2 mm needles from Koigu.
And these I will go and have with a cup of fresh coffee. My daughter's treat!And then back to the loom again.