Saturday, May 21, 2011

PLaying Catch Up

I really should write all of my blog posts right after the meeting so that I don't forget the details.  I like to spread posts out a bit so that they aren't gigantic and because everything at show and tell is wonderful I want to get the most mileage out of it that I can.   This is a catch up post from the April meeting; I'll start getting my thoughts and posts organized for the May meeting sooner this month I hope.

Jackie is most generous in giving her handwovens to family and friends.  She brought a wonderful alpaca/rayon scarf to the meeting and was looking to place it in a good home.  She wasn't fond of the color and some of the other details didn't please her.  When Ingrid joking said that it would look good with her coloring, the scarf found a new home immediately.  You can see from the photo that the scarf and Ingrid are a good match!

While we are on the scarf topic, during the meeting Carol was twisting the fringe on her scarf woven from a sock yarn called  Tofutsie.  It is a strange combination of superwash wool, soy silk, cotton and chitin (from shrimp shells I think).  This is a self striping yarn, used in warp and weft for an interesting all over design.
Gus was inspired by some towels in Handwoven Issue 154 (Mar/Apr 2011 see page 38).  They are a combination of twill and basketweave stripes.  The draft shown in the magazine is for four shafts but  Gus has eight shafts and decided to put together her own version for the project using PCW software.  Here is the draft and a photo of the towels, in which Gus used up some odds and ends of yarn for the stripes along with the lovely lavender main color which is also the weft yarn. 

And now we are all caught up with April - on to the May meeting in the next post.


Judy said...

Thanks for sharing about your weaving meeting! Giving a handwoven scarf away is such a nice gesture by Jackie, and who better to give one to than another weaver, who will cherish it?

Sharon said...

Good to know Tofutsie makes good weaving yarn because it's terrible in a sock - doesn't endure the wearing on the sole.