Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My Day

I did more weaving today than knitting. Last night I got a five-yard, yellow warp for placemats wound on the warp beam, and tied unto the front apron. I also looped together all of the yellow, plastic bag loops that I had already cut into long 'strings' to use as weft. Today I have woven two placemats,
but didn't have enough 'string' to do more. Only about half a shuttle-full.
So I had to cut up more bags.
I did that while listening to All Things Considered, so I'll be ready to do more weaving in the morning.

The first placemat has a flaw in the middle. One warp thread didn't get tied on to the old warp well, and came loose while I was winding on. The fix I tried while winding on didn't work either, so there are two threads side by side that are threaded on the same harness - i.e. going over and under the same weft threads. Before starting the second mat, I put the loose thread through the empty space in the reed and the empty heddle in the back harness, then hung it over the back beam with a weight. I don't know why I didn't do it that way before I started the first one.
It's sort of blurred, but that's a large clip from the office supply department. It is supplying just the right amount of tension. Of course, I need to move it down the thread as I advance the warp, but at least there won't be any misthreadings in the rest of the mats.

I also did some knitting on a shawl that I started a couple of months ago. I'm not sure why I keep putting it aside.
It's a lovely, soft, cotton yarn and an easy stitch pattern, that I think I have upside down here. I'm about 3/4 done - unless I run out of yarn before I get it the length I want.


Barbara said...

What a lovely stitch pattern you are using for your shawl! I hope you will post a picture when it's finished.

Christa said...

Want you to know that I enjoy reading your blog. Don't get to it often but then have to read a lot. You are so busy and do interesting stuff. Hope you get to the lace meeting today. So happy to read that you are in remission. Take care.