Saturday, November 05, 2016
Handwoven sweater fabric off the loom and ready for fulling
The 6 yards of fabric for my jacket are woven and heading for the washing machine. Although it was quick to weave, I found it difficult to see the pattern as I was weaving.
It's like one of those magic eye pictures, where I have to unfocus my eyes and will the pattern into existence. Things will be much better when the cloth is fulled. I just hope it doesn't shrink too much. But if it does, I have more yarn and can always weave more cloth.
6 yards seemed like a lot of cloth to me. I was worried that being a table loom, it wouldn't all fit. But my worry was needless. Lots of room leftover. I think I could probably get 24 yards of fabric at this weight. Maybe more.
I have no idea if this project will work out. I've been making it up as I go along. But I did make a similar sweater from an old wool blanket and that's very comfortable. This one will be the same shape.
The other thing I'm not so sure about is blogging again. In the last few years, blogging has become a monetary activity. Advertizing, Pinterest-ready photos, all that fancy stuff that makes blogs more a job than a journal. Bloggers are celebrities now and I don't know if that sort of thing is for me. It's just something to think about. What do I want from my blog? Do I care enough to modernize and monetize it or keep it as it is, or rebel and make it more my own style. Then again, I do pay money to keep my blogs online. So I should try at least to make it pay for itself... or should I? Maybe my blogs don't add anything useful to the internet and they should just fade away.