Friday, February 29, 2008

On the Triloom

My second weaving project is on the triloom.....this time it is charcoal merino-silk and I am weaving in a 2/2 twill that will come to a point at the center of the shawl. Great fun!

This project has taught me the virtues of spinning from the fold. The merino-silk laps from Yarn or a Tale are delightful (especially at her Yahoo group pre-order price), but spinning them from the end makes consistent drafting difficult and results in little ends of silk and merino poufing out here and there. I changed to spinning from the fold, and like magic, had the smooth even yarn I was looking for.

I am spinning up dyed merino-silk for a wide knitted border on the shawl. These colors are deep and saturated, but the yarn is terribly camera-shy, and so is the fiber. Perhaps it is the last day of February that wants to take my lovely greens and purples and blues, and make them shades of gray.

My new loom is missing a few heddle bars, so it will not be warped until I can get some. In the meantime, I am having fun planning what I will weave first. My first warp will be some millspun linen that I already have stashed....and I am still deciding on a weft.....handspun, of course.....hemp? linen-silk blend?

Since my yarn is shy, here is a sky which isn't.....


5 comments:

Carissa said...

What a pretty sky! I really like the way the shawl is looking! I too have found that I prefer to spin silk blends like that from the fold. It makes the yarn a little lighter too since drafting that way adds some air in.

Woven ~N~ Spun said...

That is so cool...a twill on the tri loom. How are you doing that? I dont have a large ti loom, but the kids have a small hand held and I would like to show them how to make a new pattern. Can't wait to see the finished shawl.

Theresa said...

Wow! You are amazing! I cannot believe this is your second one and you are doing a twill! It is going to be so pretty, I can't wait to see what it looks like!

cyndy said...

Looks terrific! So glad to see you enjoying the tri!

Knit and fall back in it said...

Beautiful