It might be a bad sign when I wake up thinking, "What do I want to blog about today?".
Nothing immediately sprung to mind (although I have unblogged-about projects and trips and adventures that I still want to share).
Then, I did the tiniest of babysteps toward getting my weaving inertia to be weaving in motion (rather than the weaving at a standstill that has been the story of November and December at my house.)
Thanks Theresa for the great idea of cutting samples in half!
I cut off a sample to wet finish it. (I know this sample looks a little crazy. I'm trying out different wefts and different treadlings to decide which four are my favorite for a run of towels.)
The results of the wet finishing were so surprising to me, that I have to share them with you!! I'm just not sure what to make of it, although my ever-supportive DH says he thinks the changes to the fabric enhance rather than detract.
I'm still saying Hmmmmmm.......
Washed version Look at all those vertical lines!
I really wasn't expecting vertical lines to appear like that. They are at consistent points across the entire sample.
I'm not sure that I like them. Mr. LifeLoomsLarge says he thinks they make the fabric make more sense....containing it and making it seem less "all over the place".
The only vertical lines I know about are reed marks....and I thought those are something that can disappear with washing, rather than something that appears.
So what do you think? Are these lines an intended part of the fabric? Are they a feature (or a bug)? Is there something I can do to prevent them?
They are even more noticeable and textural in person.
Since I've been true to my promise to only knit this project in public when I need mindless knitting, I hadn't worked on it until this weekend.
We went hawk-watching. (Definitely an autumn birding addiction in these parts.) We were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time...we saw a record number of Broadwing hawks soaring over Pack Monadnock on their way to South America.
For more on this phenomenon, including an excellent video shot the day after we were there, check out the William Kramer Studio blog.
Between exciting parts where I was watching thousands of hawks, Bailey and I had plenty of time to hang out. And I had plenty of time to knit.
The yarn has been great to work with. Even though it's a single (not plied), I haven't had any problems with it splitting.
Last time I knit this project in alpaca. It was softer and more drapey, but I like the crunchiness and springiness of the wool. The stitch pattern shows up much more....which I haven't mentally adjusted to yet.
The color of this yarn is gorgeous. It got lots of compliments at the hawk watch! I think of it as "Sunrise", even though the Riverstone Yarn name for this color is "Tangerine."
So Theresa, my answer is "Buy this yarn." Are you surprised by that? "More yarn" is practically a philosophy at my house!