So I remembered a beautiful complex twill in Carol Strickler's A Weaver's Book Of 8-Shaft Patterns. The draft is a 7-shaft reduction of a 16-shaft twill called Bethlehem Star. I thought it would be beautiful in black and gold. After working it out in my weaving software, I realized I didn't have enough of either color to warp the project. So I made upset muttering noises and proceeded to ask my friend if she had any 8/2 unmercerized cotton in her stash. She had over 2 pounds of black, but older black from a different maker. I took it anyway and warped it on. Let me tell you, black is not the easiest color to warp when your eyes aren't the best and when there's no good natural light in the weaving room! Anyway, I got it on and proceeded to weave...
And wound up with 16 broken warp threads in the first repeat. But it IS beautiful!
I Still Knit
But I did really want those slippers, so I started over using colors in the Ella Rae Classic Heather we carry at the shop. They turned out beautifully! They're not as warm as my felted slippers, so I tend to put them on when I'm working at my desk or have my feet up on the glider or am weaving. But they're wonderful! I have a second set on the needles in a icy, heathery blue and natural. They're done with snowflakes. At least I won't have so many ends to work back in!!
January White Sale
January is my time to work on the house. I've driven everyone crazy with reorganization, but I'm liking it. I changed out the bedding. I needed a lighter down coverlet on my bed and while finally getting that taken care of, I noticed that Restoration Hardware had real linen sheets on sale. I splurged and got myself a set. Now that's luxury!! I've replaced missing pieces of my stoneware, flatware and my grandmother's silverplate. I'll replace the single broken piece of my grandmother's china. I moved the flatware from here to there in the kitchen and bought plain cotton napkins to use instead of paper towels. I LOVE this time of year!!
In fact, I think I'll go move other things around!