I finished unraveling the blank for the first dark panel today, and just love the resulting pirns:
And, after an hour and a half of frustration, I succeeded in getting my $15, designed-t0-work-with-Win-98 printer to print with Windows 7, and moreover to print on a roll of paper as its specs advertised. Here is the pattern piece for the collar:
I’m thrilled to find that it works great with any length (not just the 44″ advertised) of paper, and moreover with any width of paper – you just set the dimensions to “user defined” and then print at whatever width you like. The more modern printers I’ve looked at don’t do that. So I can use 12″ butcher paper rather than the 13″ photo paper it was meant to take, bringing the price down from $1.60/foot to $0.02! Now that’s a savings I like! The print quality obviously isn’t as good as on paper intended for printing, but since I’m printing line diagrams, I really don’t care.
Plans for today: shop at farmer’s market, weave one dark panel, and work on the Autumn Splendor sewing pattern. Tomorrow I hope to weave one more dark panel, finish drafting the sewing pattern in Illustrator, and cut out the muslin. That leaves me the rest of the week to weave the final dark panel, overdye the light and dark panels, and sew up the muslin, before I see Sharon next Saturday.
Ambitious, but do-able, I think!