Year Of Projects: week 11

Well, I think the next two three weeks won’t have much in terms of exciting updates, as I am weaving my way through my long warp – some generous 7.5/8.2yds of doubleweave, meaning that each pick has to be worked twice, so think more like 15+m/17yds of single layer cloth.

Based on my calculations of the 60 pattern repeats picks I have woven already, I am about a third in. This means that with about 150 more pattern picks to go, and only at most three hours weaving per day in the evenings, there is no way my loom will be free in time for the Echo and Iris workshop starting next week. Well, it goes on for 6 weeks, so I do hope to manage to finish with at least a couple of weeks left in the workshop, lets’see.

One of the problems of crafting in the evenings is: mistakes!

So I’ve managed to make the same mistake for the fourth time! Small floats1 I could deal with later, but weaving the wrong pick through 672 ends at my beginner skill level requires unweaving to the mistake and re-weaving, and nothing else can be done. The problem is that it looks like that when I get to the first pick of a repeat, I should lift lever 3, but maybe beccause I know it is the first pick, I lift lever 1, and this is the result:

In the second pattern row from the above, the central diamond is not a diamond

I have kept telling myself to be extra careful at the first pick, and keep checking, yet… here’s hoping for “fifth time lucky”!

Still, I can take some comfort in the progress from last week, see the different thickness of the cloth on the beam:

I have also got quite a bit better at winding yarn for my boat shuttles and at throwing them across without a race and without them diving into the table top, so let’s keep positive 😉

And that’s about it, hope you have a great week!

This is a year of projects (YOP) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group, and an idea – make a plan for the year ahead for all your fibre activities, then update your blog every week if you manage. The objective is to keep track of progress on any fiber crafts with maximum flexibility: post, don’t post, follow your list, change it – so really it is just an opportunity to get to know of more blogs and activities of those who share a passion for anything fibre crafts.

Footnotes:

1 In weaving a float is a group of warp (vertical) or weft (horizontal) yarn threads that are not interlaced. This is generally done by design and is what creates many patterns. However expecially weft floats may be produced by mistake when skipping over or under warp floats when passing the weft through. These can be fixed off the loom and before wet finishing the cloth ashing by needle weaving (with a blunt needle) a length of yarn through the correct path the yarn should have taken, and cutting off the offending float. Washing lets the yarn “settle” and the mistake has gone. Apart from weaving books, there are many websources to see how this is done, one of the many I found useful is here. back to text

Author: lovestoswatch

I used to knit as a girl, then hanged the needles for two/three decades, and now I’m back, and loving it! The photo is my version of Linda Marveng's Aki, the first proper project after "being born again". After getting back into knitting, weaving has also become my passion (with a little sewing to turn my handweaving into garments).

14 thoughts on “Year Of Projects: week 11”

  1. Wow, that looks like great progress to me. I so enjoy your weaving posts even though most of the “tech speak” is way above my head, but I find I’m learning a little more with every new post. Who knows, I might end up trying weaving myself.

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      1. I am thinking either a nice blue and pale yellow, or maybe a green an yellow, but I am not really sure. I will have a different pattern though, don’t want to do a “matchy matchy” thing 🙂

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  2. I can’t see the mistake – it all looks just to wonderful to me. I think weavers are a special kind of magician. I am so impressed with what it takes to do as you do. I am learning a lot about weaving from your posts – but I think it is a craft I will leave to the magicians like yourself.

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    1. you are very kind, but I promise you the “skill” is more the loom’s than my own!

      The mistake is in the second set of patterns from the top – the centre of the shape is “full” rather than empty. Or “was”, as I have since unwoven and rewoven!

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