The holidays are over, the kids are back in school, and the yarn for the next set of scarves will be delivered tomorrow. Time to get weaving! (I confess, I don't have kids in school, technically, but I do have a daughter who's a college instructor and a husband who didn't go back to work after the holidays until Monday the 5th.)
When I learned there would be a delay in getting the custom-dyed yarn to me, I took advantage of the break to rearrange my studio. My older loom, an 8-shaft Harrisville Designs, was sitting unused in my upstairs studio/office space, while the 16-shaft AVL I was using for the scarves was in the living room. So I moved the Harrisville out and did this:
These things weigh around 300-400 pounds, so disassembling it first was a must. I cleaned and waxed all the wood, tightened the bolts, and replaced the worn cables. Now I have this:
It's light, bright, and roomy. I can't wait to start working there!
As I've mentioned before, I number my studio projects. I have notebooks going back about 16 years with descriptions, technical details, and even samples from my previous work. The next batch of scarves is studio batch $151.
Before I could even order the yarn for it, I had figure out how much to order. I filled out a spreadsheet with the number of items on the warp, the ends per inch (number of warp yarns in each inch), and the finished size of the scarves. I am going to be weaving 16 scarves at 36 epi, 12.6 inches wide (shrinks to 11") and 78" long (shrinks to around 70"), with 7" of fringe on either end (shrinks a bit and then trimmed to 4"). After accounting for shrinkage, take-up, and loom waste (the stuff at the beginning and end of the warp that can't be woven), I decided I need a 42 yard long warp with 454 ends. That's 19,068 yards of silk yarn just for the warp. I also calculated I need 17,304 yards of weft yarn, for a total of 36,372 yards of yarn. The 30/2 yarn I'm using has 7500 yards in each pound, so that's 4.85 pounds. It comes in 100-gram skeins, about 3.5 ounces each, so that's 22 skeins. Of course, both the warp and weft have 5 colors in them, with a proportion of 38% dark gray, 25% medium blue, 22% dark blue, 11% medium gray, and 4% white. As you can see, weaving can involve a bit of math.
My yarn supplier custom dyes all orders, which is the only way she can offer 100 colors in a number of different yarn sizes and types. This order took a bit longer than normal because she devised a new shade of dark gray for me. Now that that's done, the next one won't take as long. To be safe, I'll order it as soon as I can, once I do the calculations for batch #152.
Happy 2015, everyone!