Posted on 12 April 2012
This post is all about me trying to do justice to a gorgeous skein of Wollmeise sock yarn that I bought at Knit Nation last year.
It’s sitting on the particularly awesome Dr Who project bag that I got as well.
I’m a sucker for orange and I’d been drooling over this colour way for a while, so when it was there in front of me I had to have it.
The tricky thing has been trying to figure out what to do with such a skein of beauty.
Well, I finally decided that I was going to try an 8 shaft pattern on Norbert, my Ashford table loom, and see if I could get a flame effect going on it.
After pouring through my pattern books (it’s always good to have a good library of books) I found a pattern in Marguerite Porter Davidsons Pattern Book that had a nice varied undulating twill going on. I didn’t like the join though between the pattern blocks so decided to have a tweak on the computer with Pixeloom and discovered that reversing the twill and creating a nice wee diamond in the middle looked rather cool.
So, off to the warping board I went and got Norbert warped in 4 hours (helped with 3 episodes of Dr Who, I’m just slightly obsessed).
I’m using a burnt orange Tencel for the weft that I got at Handweavers Studio in London.
I’ve even managed to wind up my pirns properly this time so they’re not collapsing all over the place.
And here’s the weaving so far.
And here’s a picture of the warp at the back with all the gorgeous colours.
I’m liking how the pattern is going, but I’ve got my usual worries in that do I have enough weft as it’s a tight twill, and if the colours of the Wollmeise are coming out enough.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty happy with how it’s looking, but the perfectionist in me wants something a wee bit more. As this one is for me I’m going to do some more playing around with it.
In other weaving, the rag rugs are still pottering along, and I’m considering in changing the weather scarf into a weather tapestry as I got so far behind I’m thinking it might be a faster way to catch up. And I really need to crack on with some summery style scarves.