Friday, May 13, 2011
With chemo delayed a week I've been using the reprieve to work my way through the shawl warps. Here is my work table with boxes of filled pirns, spools awaiting warp yarn, more cones of weft yarn to be wound onto pirns, and in the foreground a bucket of skeins waiting to be wound onto the spools.
I use a squirrel cage swift to unwind the skeins. I much prefer this tool rather than an umbrella swift. It is free standing so I don't need to clamp it to anything and can move it where ever it is needed. In this case, because I'm winding spools, it is in front of my worktable. When I wind cones on my Silver Needles cone winder, the swift moves further into the foreground because the cone winder sits on the table itself. At times I've even moved it into the laundry area when the space actually in my studio got too congested. :}
This afternoon I finished weaving shawl #5 on the pink/lavender warp and was thinking I would finish the warp off tonight but then changed my mind about which colour I would weave next. Instead I'll finish winding the dark coral/orange/yellow yarn so I can dress the loom tomorrow with that colour instead of the magenta/blue.
I finished off the alpaca yarn and with one more shawl to weave decided to use some of the navy 2/40 worsted yarn - which meant changing the pick wheel. The c/o/y yarn will also have the 2/40 for weft so that got moved up the queue so that I didn't have to change out the pick wheel again right away. What can I say? I'm lazy. :}
There are five more warps to be woven. I'm thinking I may just be able to get them all woven before I leave for Quebec.....
Currently reading Stolen by Kelley Armstrong