Ready to weave again!

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!

- Susan