Saturday, March 14, 2015
Kira's Shawl and some leg wraps
Overall I am very pleased with how the finished shawl turned out. It could have been a little longer and maybe a touch wider, but that's pretty knit-picky. There were some interesting variations in the hand spun weft skeins that I tried to spread out through the shawl to create subtle textural stripes. I think this worked out pretty well, there are no wide runs of any one skein so the finished cloth is fairly consistent and even. It's also quite soft and warm. Working with the thicker yarn this time around did produce a heavier shawl but it still has a nice drape.
I love the way the white and purple combined together. By itself the purple was really bright. When woven together with the white. it toned down quite a bit, resulting in some nice depth of color and just enough shimmer to stand out when HRM wears it.
Just for future reference, I do NOT recommend moving warp from one loom to another mid-project. I got it to work out but it was sloppiest warping job I have ever seen. I think I set this as something around 36 EPI, maybe a little looser, but I was working with a lace weight warp so it's fairly tight. The west is Nature Spun fingering, which I love and gives a very nice pack at a surprising rage of sets.
The finished wraps feel amazing! They are soft, light, warm, and the cloth has a beautiful hand. It would make a lovely garment. They took forever to weave, each wrap is 15 feet long, but the end result was worth the effort. I'm looking forward to doing more cloth in fine wools, it's such a joy to work with and the results are worth the extra effort to warp up all of the threads.