I'm at the fun bit of weaving - sitting at the loom, contentedly weaving away, piling up the yards/meters. Thinking. Because when everything is going well and you only need surface attention for the task at hand, the mind can go wandering.
This morning I was thinking about how cyclic in nature being a professional weaver is. My year end is not Dec. 31 but oh, around now. The craft fair season begins very shortly and if I haven't got it ready for sale by now? It probably isn't going to be ready for this year. So what I am actually doing is working on inventory for next year.
I am also stash busting - to a certain extent. While the weft I'm currently using is 'new' - as in purchased in Sweden at Va:v last month, the warp yarns have been in my stash for considerably longer.
This summer I did not have my usual 'birthday' sale so I am thinking of getting new items loaded to my Circle Craft shop as soon as I get home from the Circle Craft Christmas Market, mid-November. Maybe by then these towels will be finished. Or very soon after I get home. My 'shop' is currently closed due to my travel schedule, but I haven't forgotten about it.
There are a whole bunch of things that have had to be put on the back burner, but I have not forgotten about them. Number one is, of course, The Book. I got the last set of edits in June but have just not had the time - or energy - to deal with them. Again, hopefully after the craft fair season. Doing the new edits can actually be - not relaxing, exactly - but a different kind of activity, one particularly suited to winter.
Plus the perennial conversation about all things weaving, generally process related, goes around again. So finishing The Book seems particularly important, if only to give people more information than is generally available. If you don't know what you don't know, you don't know that you need to know it. My hope is to fill in some of those cracks in people's fundamental knowledge so that they can make appropriate choices.
As for the web on the loom, yes there are reed marks. No they may not come out 'in the wash' (wet finishing) but they are consistent and therefore part of the character of the cloth. I'm good with it either way.
And yes, that's a three thread float on the selvedge. And no, it doesn't bother me. It's fine. And no, I don't use a floating selvedge. See my other blog posts on Selvedges. Whole lot more to good selvedges than using a floating selvedge. Or an end feed shuttle. Etc.