My second pair of socks are finished, these were the cammo socks. They turned out pretty cool, one toe needed to be knit in the more yellow of the yarn, as I ran out of the nice mottled green. That's ok though, what shows will be the nice mottled, or heathered green.
My next project is revisiting the shirt warp from a couple of years ago. I'm working from a sample in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, accession number 98.1822g. I had a good chunk of that warp left over from the project when it fell off the back beam. Like a good, frugal girl, I crocheted up what was left, put it in a bag and into my string bin, determined to revisit it.
Well, now is as good a time as any.
This week I have done the finishing set up of my loom with help from Pierre. We washed it down, blech it was dirty. Then I loaded the harnesses with heddles, which I do not have enough of. Pierre made a bunch of lees sticks for detangling, but also for winding on the back beam. I also had to stitch my back beam apron on again as someone in its past lifetime had cut the beam rods off (thankfully I still have them). With an equal amount of enjoying our longer than long weekend, we got the loom ready for loading with thread.
This morning I came upstairs and got geared up to thread the loom with that old warp. Have I mentioned how tangled it is. That I washed the excess starch out of it and it's a big old mess. Have I mentioned that there's no cross marked any more, nor do I know where the centre line is. I looked at it and thought, why that HELL am I bothering! More than enough work to untangle the thing, then more to get it on the loom, and then I'm not even sure if I will have gotten the centre right, or any of the pattern...it is plaid after all.
So it sits in the chair, contemplating its own messiness, and I am winding a new warp.
The new warp will not be nearly as long. My winding board only does a five metre length on a good day. Nor will it be as wide as the original project. I am winding it in sections, crocheting each section up, tying it to the back beam, and hopefully not getting it as tangled as the last time around.
I might use the old warp for weft threads...that will depend on how many spools of thread I have on hand.
I have a few projects on the go this summer. Weaving this shirt warp, then a hose warp in worsted wool. I have a 1775 suit to make for Pierre, and I have to finish my pink striped gown. Then, during, as soon as freaking possible, I'm also embroidering a stomacher for Jennifer Wilber, for her wedding at the beginning of August.
AND, I'm thinking about submitting a paper proposal for next year's Canadian Museums Association conference that's due June 12th.
And helping mum through Chemo.