I was a mad weaver last week. This piece started out as an experiment in sett really. I had a draft but wanted to use something other than what it called for, because I didn’t have access to the required materials and I just HAD to weave SOMETHING.
The warp is a Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca Fine which is a wool/alpaca/nylon blend, the color – Potting Soil Mix. The weft is Berroco’s alpaca in red. The pattern is an overshot called Orange Peel. The name alone made me want to weave it in orange.
I am proud to say that this project went off without a hitch – from warping to finishing. It also happened in 5 days.
We were going to a nephew’s 30th birthday party on the 6th (yes, I am that old) and I needed a gift. After asking Bill if he would wear it (no, he can’t put anything around his neck), I decided to give myself that deadline. The biggest problem I ran into was finishing. Living in a house with no air conditioning in the middle of a humid heat wave is not conducive to air drying a 72″ wool scarf. I confess to putting it in the dryer on air for a half an hour without adverse results. I also didn’t realize how hot I would be twisting fringe. The results were worth it.
This piece is yummy – so soft and warm. I’m sure it will get used in San Francisco. I was a little sad to see it go but had woven it with the recipient in mind, those are always the best projects.
Now I have to admit that I’m just a little on edge because there is nothing on my loom right at the moment. I have a number of choices right now but I think I will weave a gamp of Harrisville wool that I just purchased. I figured Harrisville was the way for me to go because I love the way their wool is spun and dyed. So 18 colors, 72 inches – I can’t wait to get it started! On the other hand if this heat keeps up maybe I should consider making something in cotton.