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I'm nearly done my latest project, a pair of wraps for a pair of ladies in Utah. It's really one of the nicest ones I've done, and definitely the most trouble-free. I guess I should accept the fact that the projects keep getting better and better because I'm really becoming quite good at it.

The only things that really went wrong (so far! knock wood!) were three broken warp threads during beaming, and some treadling errors early on that required some tedious backtracking. I'm doing a new-to-me pattern that is trendy with the babywearers right now called pebble weave. It results in a wonderful blankety texture, but it's very difficult to spot errors. However, after those initial hiccups I've just been cranking out miles of flawless cloth (about 2m per day). I'm so looking forward to getting these in the mail. One of the recipients is having a baby like... any second. In fact, she's three days overdue.

Another thing that really helps motivate me to finish up is getting the loom empty for my next project (something for me!). Two summers ago I bought a bunch of cones of yarn from an alpaca farmer in New Brunswick in a lustrous, tweedy charcoal, and I've found the perfect yarn in my stash for some colourful highlights. With fall in full swing, I'm really in the mood to make myself a warm, fuzzy shawl of some kind. The one I'm planning is 30" wide by 75" long which should be a good generous length for wrapping around myself. I'm just trying to choose between herringbone and pebble weave (which I have become very fond of over the past week). I love the feeling I get from being all fired up about a new project.

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Date: 2015-10-28 05:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] filmstar.livejournal.com
You are becoming the official weaver for the state of Utah! I can't wait to see this one in person; it looks absolutely amazing. And I'm looking forward to seeing some pebble weave up close. It's been a year since I've bought or sold anything, so I am waaaaay out of the loop, although I have been to a few meetups and played with others' stuff a bit.

How long is your waiting list these days? And are you interested in trying out a bit of clasped weft?

Date: 2015-10-28 04:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kadenza.livejournal.com
Ha, I guess I kind of am! I think I've got twice the number of wraps floating around in the Beehive State than here in Ontario. I'm really hoping to get these in the mail this week. I really like the pebble... it looks and feels really nice. Should be dense, but stretchy, as it's a hybrid of twill and plain weave.

As for my waiting list... I've got a local repeat customer who is looking for superwash wool weft. However, she's "temporarily" short on funds so I'm not sure when that's going to happen. I have never done clasped weft, but I will test it out if there's some extra warp left at the end of this project!

Date: 2015-10-29 01:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scentedwoods.livejournal.com
2m a day!?!?

Man, in the apocalypse, I'm gonna be naked because a good day for me is about 1/2m.

It's just beautiful. I love seeing the picture of your work.

Date: 2015-11-03 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kadenza.livejournal.com
Hey, I think half a metre is amazing on a rigid heddle!

Date: 2015-11-03 04:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zinniz.livejournal.com
What's the draft for pebble weave? (or do I just need to go look in the green book for it?)

Date: 2015-11-03 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kadenza.livejournal.com
Yep, it's in Davison somewhere. It gives a very pleasing pattern, barely visible if the yarn is fuzzy but it forms kind of a window pane pattern when the yarn is fine.
I tied it up so I could treadle it 1-4-2-3 so both my legs were doing equal duty. I'm using the same draft with my new alpaca scarves so they will be as thick and cuddly as possible!


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