Saturday, April 23, 2011

Frog Hair

This is 30 ends of 120/2 silk. It makes me very glad I'm near-sighted, because I don't need my bifocal glasses to see the threads - I actually see them better without glasses!

All you need to work with this stuff is good light! Aside from being nearly invisible, the yarn behaves very well and is surprisingly strong.

The image below shows 60 ends of 120/2 silk on the right (1 inch of warp width), and 30 ends of 60/2 silk on the left (1/4 inch of warp width).

I'm threading the 120/2 on shafts 1-10, because those shafts travel the shortest distance to make a shed, thus placing the least stress on the thinnest yarn. The 60/2 is on shafts 11-20 where it will be just fine, thank you very much.

The general plan for the scarves has changed a little; as I wound the 6th section of 60/2, I saw that I had nearly used up the green silk. My spreadsheet said I had enough, but a closer look at the formula showed that my grasp of arithmetic was severely impaired when I made the calculation (what was I thinking?!?). So instead of 8 stripes of thicker yarn and 7 of thinner, I will be weaving scarves that have the thinner yarn on the outer stripes, and only 6 of the thicker stripes. Oh, well, these things happen. I needed to move the leftmost section of thinner yarn over to the rightmost side, but I discovered that with a warping wheel it is almost as easy to unbeam a section as it is to beam it in the first place. Easy peasy. And on we go.


neki desu said...

catching up here. you always impress me with your calculations, even if slightly off.i get so bored with spread sheets that i almost never use

Alice said...

Love those projects that evolve as you go on. It turns out that dealing with the blips and surprises produces breakthroughs and growth in design. Looking forward to seeing how this comes out.