Megabyte and Her Friends
September 16th, 2008 | Link
Here’s my first scarf, woven on an Ashford Knitter’s Loom. The yarn is Brown Sheep Wildfoote Luxury Sock Yarn (75% wool, 25% nylon) in Blue Blood Red for the warp (which runs the length of the scarf) and Ragtime for the weft (the back-and-forth part). Ragtime is a variegated yarn, so the pattern forms itself. The scarf is about 5 1/4" wide and 70" long.
It took about six hours to weave, mostly while I was watching movies or television. This is a sport-weight yarn, and I think I could have used a higher-density reed (the one I used was 7.5 dpi, which is maybe better for a DK weight?). I have a lot of the yarn left, so I’m going to experiment with that a bit.
The whole scarf took just under one ball of the warp yarn and just over one ball of the weft, which is pretty impressive—I could have gotten by with just one ball of the weft and made the scarf four or five inches shorter.
Fortunately, passing a shuttle back and forth does not require the use of one’s left thumb, though tying the warp threads posed a bit of a challenge.
Really, with all the sharp implements involved in bookbinding and my innate accident proneness, it was only a matter of time before I took the tip of my thumb off. (Don’t worry—it was much smaller piece than the bandage would seem to indicate.)
… and because there haven’t been enough pictures of Megabyte on this site since she moved back to the Great White North, I offer you what happens after a dip in the pool (my sister didn’t post this one publicly, so I nicked it from her Facebook page):
I’m not walking around on plastic! I’ll put more pictures up on Flickr on the weekend. For now, I’m just happy to be able to walk barefoot without picking up chips of plaster and porcelain, and without tripping over things that are out of place.
I’m so excited! Our young Russian friend is pulling up all the plastic in the dining room! He has just finished grouting the kitchen and the entry tile was done today too. We got the bathroom with the tub back yesterday. They still need to come back to finish the carpet at the edges of the tile, and to seal the kitchen, but I think that will be it.
Then we get to hire painters.