Where on earth did this week go? I know that Summer officially started but honestly the week went by so fast I barely remember it. We've had some major rain here which has caused extra barn chore work due to muddy poo piles. Ah, the day in the life of a farmer. I haven't spun any yarn on my wheel all week because I have been obsessed with my weaving plus I'm decorating Frodo (details and pics in a future post). I warped my loom with Alpaca fingering weight yarn and I'm weaving with 100% Silk lace weight yarn.
Last weekend I had a little weaving discussion with Terri and Melissa, who I weave with, where we discussed weaving techniques. Terri had a chance to participate in a weaving webinar last month and she shared with us a bunch of techniques she learned and answers she got regarding questions we have been struggling with. Apparently we have been beating our yarn a wee bit too much when weaving which causes a stiffer end product. As you have seen from my prior weaving projects, they are beautiful but...not always having the look or feel I really hoped for.
With that in mind, I am weaving my silk a lot looser than I have in the past. If you look at the photo you can actually see the space between the yarn. I am super curious how this will turn out once it's off of the loom and washed. Keeping in my shrinkage from actually being off of the loom plus what happens when washed, I totally have a vision of what I want it to be, now the question is...will it be the way I want it to be. As I am weaving my silk is moving a bit which means I am not keeping everything straight. This may or may not fix itself. It's so frustrating having to wait to see the result but until I take it off the loom I won't know for sure how this will look which is totally different than my past projects. I do know that I should get a very drapy scarf which is the intention.
As always, I must leave you with Alpaca photos. Here is my adorable Sexy Rexy of Wonder working the 4H Obstacle training with my even more adorable Sister Bear. The county fair is only a few weeks away and the two of them have a lot of work to do. Now...share your adventures in fiber arts.
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