Friday, January 2, 2009

Kristin's Shawl

I needed a project that would span the time of my middle daughter's travels to Central America. She boarded a plane bound for Guatemala in early September. I began to spin. I made singles in a turquoise, and a single ply in a yellow green to orange. I plyed them together with micro stainless steel from Habu. All this took about three months. And then, I pondered what to do with the yarn. I looked at knitting patterns. I looked at Crochet ideas. Finally I knew it had to be woven. I choose a light variegated hand dyed purple for the warp. Using a pattern from A Weaver's Book of 8-shaft Patterns on page 84. I threaded one third in a point twill, the middle third in a straight draw, and the final third in the same point twill on an 8 harness loom. I wove it using two treadling combinations. The darker purple stripes are a Jojoland silk and cashmere blend. I wanted to be sure the shawl would have enough length. I only had 4 ounces of the handspun. Yes the stuff that took 3 months to spin, and only 4 ounces. The finished length, after washing is about 75". The width is 15 inches.

I am very happy with how it turned out. It has a lovely hand and nice drape. It is the perfect weight for the warmer climate my daughter seems to like. I hope she wears it often and in good health. My reward - I get to see it wrapped around her in just a few days! The duration of the project was just right.