Sometimes I wonder why I even started a blog. It's not like I make the time to write about the stuff I've been doing. In fact, I've done quite a bit lately and as I don't like to blog during work hours, I'm way behind - so bear with me. Course blogging also helps me know where I'm at in my fiber growth.
Let's go back to February:
I have a friend, Cindy, who a few years back (OK - maybe 5 - 7 years ago) asked me to help her get started on weaving. Cindy is the type who always has to be doing something - usually it's embroidery, but she wanted a shawl. I really don't remember her asking me what she needed, how much etc. but I supposedly told her the whats and hows of. So Cindy went out and bought a really nice ridged heddle loom and bought two different size reeds. Now let's jump to last year.
We get the house. My weaving studio is the garage. I call people who have fostered my looms for me that I now have room if they are not using them. Cindy has my 24 inch 4 harness floor loom, so I make arrangements to pick it up (it's been sitting in her storage shed). While I am there, she asked if I would like her ridged heddle loom (with shawl warpped), because she can't figure it out and it's a big mess. Those who know me, know I won't turn down a loom. So I take it and everything gets put in the garage - I mean studio.
February came and I decided it was time to look at the shawl and see what I could do. The yarn was a nice soft, slightly fuzzy acrylic. I don't remember ever weaving with acrylic, so this should be fun. It was also slayed 10epi and the yarn was a thick yarn (more like 8 maybe even 6 epi), plus it was in a 24 inch reed, much to cramped. I moved it to my large loom and went from the 24 inch wide to something more like 30 inches wide.
Cindy didn't give me her weft yarn, so I got a Cafe` colored acrylic from Walmart that blended well with her shades of blue, grey, white and brown. I thought I'd weave a twill pattern to show off her yarns better. I finished the shawl the middle of March and didn't get a picture of it. Oh well. I delivered it to Cindy's house just about a week ago and talkedto her briefly. She was surprised and said it wasn't what she envisioned, but liked it. I invited her to come up here and really learn to weave, if she was still interested.