Second week of Studio Time, and I logged 15 hours. I am impressed with myself. Thank you, everyone in my life who allows me to cut loose and play in my studio. I learned quite a few things.
1) Studio Time makes me happy. There is a satisfaction, a release from anxiety, that I didn't expect. I have a great life. Fab hubby, nice house, great kids. I own a business that I am very proud of. But there is always a little itch. Always the question about when I will chase down the nagging technical question about... whatever. Just like any itch, it quiets down a bit if I scratch it.
2) Plying yarn is exciting - mostly because it means I will soon be finished with this one yarn project and will be able to start something new. It is still a very slow way to get yarn.
3) Diversified Plain Weave is just a bunch of fat warp and fat weft sandwiches, with the bread being skinny warp and weft. Skinny, Fat, Skinny, both ways. Color play is important. It might help to have a floating selvedge with this one - because you repeat each tabby (skinny) thread two times before moving on. The treadling ( and threading) is Skinny#1, Fat #2, Skinny #1, Skinny #2, Fat #1, Skinny #2.
I know this isn't actually helpful to someone who wants to try this. I am about 7 inches into a weaving sample. It is a stiff little piece of fabric. It might end up being OK for the towels I was hoping for. But it might be better suited to table runner, pillow or handbag. It's an experiment, and I am learning a lot. And, it is attractive. Pictures coming, once I find my camera.
4) Tunisian Entrelac is begging for more attention. The rule in Tunisian Crochet is to NEVER TURN YOUR WORK. The rule is Tunisian Entrelac is that you turn your work at the end of your series of beautiful tilty blocks. So, you get an interweaving of two "sides" of the fabric. I have been preparing for a Tunisian Entrelac class - (Friday at Woven Art, still room! And at Knit Michigan, Feb 4 - still room!), and started a blanket. I asked myself - what would happen if you did not turn your work at the end of a series of tilty blocks? I mostly asked that question because I was WAY off on my gauge calculations, and my blanket would have been great for a baby - but not what I intended. What I intend is a cozy blanket that an entire family can cuddle under while watching TV.
I was off on my gauge because I wanted a jagged edge all the way around this blanket, instead of a smooth one - so I didn't start with base triangles. I started with squares, which take up twice as much of the chain as I had calculated for.
Blah, Blah Blah. Anyway - it all leads to me trying out something new. It is very interesting. It might be worthy of writing a pattern. It would be so much better in an ombre yarn, but it is pretty damn intriguing in the short variegation I am using.
I might be easily intrigued.