I wound on my scarf/sample warp today, and thought I’d document the process, as I do several things to speed up the warping process with my warping wheel. Here is a link to the new page:
In other news, I finished digging and planting the garden yesterday, putting in:
- snap beans (bush type)
- Italian basil
- Thai basil
- globe basil (smaller-leaved variant of Italian basil)
- garlic chives
- Asian cucumbers (long, thin, grooved)
- European cucumbers (short and smoothly cylindrical)
I already have habanero peppers, yellow bell peppers, two kinds of sweet melon, watermelon, okra, and butternut squash planted, so it will be quite a garden once it gets going! I’m looking forward to seeing the results.
I also did a little more pruning on the lemon tree, following Terri’s advice – not a whole lot, but cleaning up deadwood and taking out a few of the more egregiously crossing limbs. I’m wondering whether it’s best to do all the pruning at once or to take out bits at a time – anyone know?
Tonight, after my conference call (the editorial advisory board for Handwoven is meeting), I plan to finish threading the loom. I thread at about 5 threads/minute for a simple threading (which this is), so 30 threads x 10 inches = 300 threads should take me about an hour, uninterrupted. Wow! That is super fast. I can see why people like working with thick threads – instant gratification!
Then, of course, I’ll have to sley the reed, tie on, and start weaving. I do have my weft yarn in hand (Henry’s Attic’s Alpaca Lace), so the next thing up is to weave a test sample to make sure it behaves well when cross-dyed – some protein fibers do dye with some colors of fiber-reactive dye, even with soda ash, which means it won’t cross-dye. I found that out the hard way, and now sample before committing to a large project.