Two more batches

The other day I was wondering why I was able to both weave so many more pieces in March and keep up better with the blog posts. It didn’t take too long for me to come up with the answer. My hours at my paycheck job jumped substantially. So instead of weaving 32 scarves like I did in March, in May I managed to finish only 17.

Although I’d like to think otherwise, the reality is that I don’t have the same energy level I did 20 years ago, and I am more likely to come home from work and decide that it’s time to read a book, watch TV, or simply sit on my porch and enjoy the evening.

I figure that’s a display of maturity, a healthy reduction in my obsessive-compulsive nature. At least that’s what I tell myself.

I’m taking a week off, so should be able to get both some weaving and some weeding done.

3 poppies

Back to my May weaving, I used a colorway I’ve used once before, one that Tammy calls November. It’s not one that calls out to me every time, but my customers do appreciate the variation in colors that I offer.

I used three different warp colors…from top to bottom they’re lavender, olive, & cornflower.

November handwoven scarves in bamboo-cotton

When I’m getting ready to wet finish my handwoven scarves, I often toss them over my shoulder to get a look at them. I had to pull that one with the olive warp off as soon as I got it on — this color looks SO BAD with my skin tone. That’s certainly not true of everyone; it complements lots of people, just not me.

After the November scarves, I chose colors more typical for me, and wove with Rhonda.
handwoven scarves, bamboo cotton, Rhonda
There’s not a great deal of difference between these Rhonda scarves and the Sapphires ones I wove in April; Rhonda’s got a bit more pink in it.

From top to bottom the weft colors are wisteria, teal blue, eggplant, and Rhonda.

All seven of these scarves were handwoven with Tammy’s bamboo-cotton blend in an 8/2 size. I like weaving with it. I like the size, I like the way it accepts color, I like the way it feels. It has a matte finish, unlike most rayon and bamboo, and I do miss the sheen, but that’s overshadowed by the fact that the bamboo-cotton blend doesn’t tend to untwist, so I don’t need to make double-twisted fringe on every scarf the way I do on rayons or 100% bamboo. Making that fringe adds about 1/2 hour in time to each scarf. Doesn’t seem like a lot till you’re doing it.

Gotta run to that paycheck job now. Ahhhh…my last day for a whole week!

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