So, I might as well weave. I finished my third inkle band just a minute ago, and while I was finishing it, I watched a video on pick-up weaving. I don't think that's next; I think I'll make one more plain weave band, this time in red, black and white. I already drew up the pattern, and have the yarn ready to go downstairs.
But this afternoon, I want to finish threading this warp. I'm over 2/3 of the way done, but this gray weather is making me sleeeeeeepyyyy! I can't concentrate very well! But I'll try, because I hate to waste a good day off sleeping. Tomorrow, I'm going to Nashville, so I need to get something done today! Besides, I'm anxious to see this plaited twill come to life. I'm falling in love with this warp, and I know it's going to be fun to weave. I haven't woven much on the Colonial but rugs, and I've never used all 8 shafts, that I recall, so it'll be an adventure. I've woven with 8 shafts before, but not on the Colonial. I'm interested to see how the shaft set-up, where they all seem to be kind of flopping around, will work. It was fine with 6 shafts for rug weaving, but rugs are pretty forgiving, especially the shag rugs I love to weave. This new pattern will show an error immediately.
I'm using the pattern #380 from Carol Strickler's book, A Weaver's Book of 8-Shaft Patterns. my first try at a pattern from that book. I'm excited to get started, so I'll make a cup of tea to ward off the urge to nap and get going. I'll show you how it went next week!