Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Christmas Crafting

Exactly one person got something handmade for Christmas this year. My dad. I decided in August that I wanted to make him a double weave blanket. Some time in September, I dropped off color cards for Harrisville Highland at his house and he gave me a little bit of direction to pick colors.

Again, the lovely and talented Sara at The Mannings helped me along with project planning. My notes from my Double Weave Blanket class were a little uh … lacking … so I guessed a little wrong on some dimensions, but it came out just fine in the end.


The warp was wound and chained by mid-November. And I went ahead and wound the first cone-worth of weft thread onto bobbins.


I sat down to start weaving on Sunday, December 2, and immediately stopped. Because I clearly had a problem.


See that great big gap in the fabric? Between the orange threads?


Oh yeah. I missed a dent. And, of course, it was squarely in the middle of the reed.

I un-wove the weft I’d already put into the blanket. Out came the knots on half of my warp, and I moved each thread over one hole in the reed. And then I sat down to start weaving again.


Crappers. Apparently, I got distracted before I totally finished the job. Stopped again, un-wove again, fixed. Again. At least then, it was off to the races.


The above craptastic photo was taken just before the blanket was wet-finished at my friend Dianne’s house. You can clearly see the fold line, running horizontally across the picture.

And, you can see a good look at the pre-washing fabric here.


Sadly, I’m a dork and forgot to take a fabric close-up after washing. Oops. Before the Harrisville Highland was washed, the spinning oils on the threads led to an extremely translucent fabric.


And, the last stop before the blanket hit water was in the repair shop.


In an effort to use as much of the warp as possible, I had a really crappy shed for much of the last few inches. Those gigantic toe-catchers were the result. Thankfully, my awesome teacher made sure I knew how to fix this before I left The Mannings two summers ago. No harm, no toe-catchers on the final blanket!

After a bath, the blanket was much less see-through…


The fabric fulled nicely and turned into a really great fabric that my Dad will hopefully enjoy for years.


I still enjoy double weave blankets, and I’m already plotting my next one!


Double Weave Blanket for Dad 

Thread: Harrisville Highland 
Colors (# of cones): #2 Red (1), #65 Poppy (1), #39 Russet (1), #66 Melon (1), 
#52 Toffee (weft, 2 cones) 
Width on Loom: 31” in reed (unfolded to roughly 60")  
EPI: 8


marilynknits said...

What a beautiful blanket! I've wanted to try weaving for awhile. Your latest weaving blog posts aren't helping me fight that urge. ;)

Sarah said...

What a lovely blanket! Hope it keeps your dad warm for many winters to come!

Donna Lee said...

It's gorgeous. My daughter has started down the weaving path by purchasing a Cricket loom. I am not the proud owner of a woven alpaca/silk/wool scarf. (made from yarn I spun and gave to her). It's beautiful and woven fabric like that feels so nice.