Because of an overindulgence in crocheting granny squares (something I haven’t done since the early 1970s) for this year’s Christmas present for Granddaughter F, I can’t knit right now. My daughter tried to forbid me to finish the blanket but I can’t not finish it; I think Granddaughter F will love it! So I am pushing the proverbial envelope by crocheting – slowly – one six-row granny square per day. As my daughter is not nearby to snatch it from me (and believe me, she would if she could), I think Thor and my daughter are in cahoots. Somehow he always knows if I’ve gone over my 1-square limit at which point I have to put it away until the next day. (But, steady is as steady goes: I need 42 squares for Granddaughter F’s blanket, and I’ve crocheted 22!)
So as I slowly (slowly) crochet the squares for the blanket, I’ve been so happy to return to weaving! After sanding, staining and assemblying the 15″ wide (weaving width) Cricket loom (a surprise for Granddaughter F), I decided to weave the fabric for its carry bag. I measured and sketched out the pieces and then ran the calculations for the warp and weft requirements.
I used the peg method (which seems to be the rage for the Cricket, at least) to measure out the warp, then easily warped the Cricket and wove fabric for two pockets – one for either side of the carry bag. Here’s a picture of the fabric off the loom before washing.
While the peg method for warping might be fine for small projects, it’s not good for long warps (in this case, nearly 5 yards). In addition, the amount of warp needed for the fabric was more than I wanted to wind on the beams of the little Cricket. Further, using a floor loom and boat shuttles is faster than a rigid heddle and stick shuttles (at least for me).
So, after a long hiatus, I pulled out my Schacht warping board (warps up to 14 yards), measured out the warp, and put it on my Mighty Wolf. Using two colors – one a solid blue, the other space dyed – I warped for a simple, modified pinwheel by alternating warp colors every two threads (and weft colors every two shots). Those beautiful boat shuttles were made by Ken Ledbetter of KCL Woods.
It had been a while since I last used my floor loom, and I was having a blast! Before I made my morning coffee, I was at my loom weaving! The fabric wove up quickly, and I cut it off the loom yesterday.
But something was off. The multi-colored fabric was significantly narrower than the solid fabric!
Oh dear … For the piece woven on the Cricket, I used the heddle that came with it: 8 dents per inch. I was so excited to warp the Mighty Wolf that I neglected to check which reed I had on; it was 10 dents per inch.
Ah well, I view mistakes as opportunities to learn from and improve (hence my two short marriages and divorces before Thor). Now I have to go back to my sketches and redraw the carry bag. I have plenty of both cotton yarns remaining, so if need be I’ll simply rewarp and weave some more (soooo much fun!).
While I work on redrafting and sewing the carry bag for the Cricket, I’ll be warping the Mighty Wolf for a blanket for Grandson O’s Christmas present (I’ll be sure and check and double check what reed is on) and the Cricket for some experimenting with finger manipulated stitches. Weaving joy!