Rewarding myself

I have discovered the problem with weaving.  Unlike my other fiber-related pastimes, I can’t just take my weaving off the loom and stick it in the closet.  Knitting can always be put aside for another project.  Same with spinning, provided I have enough bobbins.  Weaving… no.

I’m going to be kind to myself: finish the current blanket panel (2 of 4) and then weave something fun for a bit before doing panel three.  I need to make a smallish sampler (10-12″ wide or so) to give my sister for her birthday.  She asked me to weave something in earth tones to hang in her classroom (she’s a high school teacher), and I want to try my hand at leno lace and brooks medallions and some other fun stuff, so I’m going to kill two birds with one stone and make a sampler.  I had already picked out the yarn and started working on the design.  It should be here (hopefully) by the time I finish this blanket panel.

I started working on the blanket again tonight and decided to treat it as “practice” — as in, focusing on technique and the best ways to do things.  I’ve figured out how to get a decent-looking selvedge, at least.  I think part of the problem is that I’m not enjoying the pearl cotton.  It just doesn’t feel good to touch.  Mercerized cotton, particularly thicker yarns of it, feels plasticky and artificial.  It’ll feel nicer once it’s washed, I suspect, but right now I really just want some wool.  Nice, soft, not-plastic wool.  I’m going to return the other cones I bought for other blankets and buy something in superwash wool.

(Yes, I could do the sampler on the Ashford loom while the Flip sits in a corner with the blanket panel on it.  But I don’t want to wind up with a two-loom habit.  Plus, if I do that I’ll never finish the panel.)

Good night, internets.  Sleep well.

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