|Spinning progress last week.|
My other new book From Stinky to Clean and Back Again: Daily Life in the Suburbs will gain its name and first chapter from the never ending pile of laundry at my house. I am amazed at the amount of laundry two people can make and know it must be worse in households with greater population densities. Don't worry! I won't let this book get in the way of One Hundred Weaving Mistakes Not to Make, A Zen Journey into Weaving Craft. Gladly, I just discovered a new mistake!
Don't try a new complicated pattern on a large project such as a throw. Try it out on a towel or something small made with fibers you didn't pay a lot for. I was planning to do make this mistake with the Canadian Snowflake draft I received from Laura Fry. Fortunately, common sense crept into my head and I will use it for a future throw project. First, I will make some towels. It is really important to get to "know" a pattern before diving into a big project, at least this is for me. I've only been weaving a few years and it takes a few dozen misweaves before I feel comfortable and understand how the pattern works. (I just made up the word misweave, but it means what it sounds like it might mean.)
|This where I am today-not much done!|
Knowing how the pattern works is essential to finding your way back if you tend to daydream while weaving (me!me!me!) and find yourself lost in the pattern. Canadian Snowflake has a long repeat so I definitely want to make some towels first. Towels are my go-to sample source because they are so useful even if the pattern is a mess!
There isn't much to show for a week's work here on the Craftstead. I have 25 inches worth done on the new runner, and a few inches worth of towel. Yes, I have a long way to go, especially if I want to free the Fanny up to make some Canadian Snowflake towels!