Officially at the half way point as I begin to set up warp #9 on the great stash busting count down from 18.
This is the only blue warp in the run, which is a pity because I know I could sell a lot more than three blue shawls. But the point of the exercise is to use up what I have and what I most had was a bunch of coral/rust reds. So I will have depth of stock in those, some purple/pinks, a couple of magenta and a couple of turquoise warps. I'm trying to break up the coral/red warps by weaving other colours in between.
Someone asked me if the very open weave I'm doing with this yarn will result in a stable cloth. It is stable enough for shawls/scarves. It won't survive getting caught in a zipper or snagged on a necklace or bracelet. But most textiles won't, either.
One of my primary aims as a weaver is to make cloth which will fulfill it's function. The yarn as mentioned previously is a highly twisted lower quality silk. As such it is matt not slippery and the corkscrew twists of the yarn help to catch and grab onto the threads crossing each other. That, combined with a good hard press, helps to lock the threads into place.
So while it is possible to disturb the threads from their path, there is sufficient stability for the job the cloth is intended for. At least in my opinion.