Confession: after a summer and early fall of weaving a lot of kitchen towels (my most popular item at fine craft shows and for custom requests) I began to suffer from dishtowel fatigue. My husband, in his infinite wisdom, suggested that I mix things up a bit and design and weave something new and different. With the cooler weather upon us, a shawl seemed like the right thing to weave.
I used 2/14 alpaca/silk in rich colors of teal (a light and a dark) and plum. It is lightweight and cozy! I’m not a big fan of woven pieces made from heavy, thick yarn. While the warping and weaving can be quicker when using a thicker yarn, like a worsted weight wool, I find the weight of some of these finished pieces to be too fatiguing. I am so pleased with how this piece looks and feels that I decided to weave a second one. Here is a photo of the newest shawl on the loom:
These will be at my next event in Greenfield, NH as I will be a participant in the New Hampshire Wool Arts Tour. I am really looking forward to this event. Not only will I get to hang out at a lovely alpaca farm all Columbus Day weekend, but I get to do so closer to home as Greenfield is not far from Harrisville. Insider tip: I have it on good authority that there will be raffle for Tour participants! I’m donating one of my pieces to the raffle so maybe you’ll walk home with one of my pieces. If you’re in the Monadnock Region in October, do stop in and say hello to the alpacas and to me at Spring Pond Farm in Greenfield.