I finished the cotton towels I was weaving in Rowe on Saturday and was desperate to warp a new project. I decided on an overshot scarf in the Orange Peel pattern. The warp is fairly short and only has 146 ends. I was not ready to do a huge warp for another throw just yet so I made a little trip to Metaphor Yarns in Shelburne. They have some really beautiful yarn – really beautiful. I was looking at a draft before I left that used tencel as the warp with sock yarn as the weft. After poking around the store I found some fingering weight alpaca blend and figured I would change the sett if I had to (pretending I actually understand what I’m doing well enough to do that). The warp color is called potting soil and it’s lovely. I chose a red alpaca worsted for the weft.
Sunday morning I was on fire – I warped that loom in record time and am proud to say not one mistake – woohoo! I like the way this overshot pattern is going. The scarf will be 70″ in length with a twisted fringe on either end (since I know how to do that now). The fabric is fine and will have a nice drape. Best of all , it will be warm!
This is when I truly am thankful for the lessons learned this past year in my weaving class at Firewatch Weavers. I am able to plan out my project. I know how much fiber and of what weight I will need to create what I have envisioned in my head. I know how to read the draft no matter how it’s written because truth be told not all drafts are created equal.
It is amazing to me that I can follow these steps – by myself – and have results like this. The problem I have now is this is what I spend my days dreaming about – sitting at that loom and throwing a shuttle (or two).