Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Prettier in Pink

When I left the Center yesterday after lunch, I said I was going to take a nap, but when I got home, I apparently hadn't gotten enough weaving done.  I wove and wove and wove and reached 72 inches on the scarf with the gray tencel. This morning, I hemstitched--woohoo!--and because there was a thread about three inches in from the right side that was pulling obnoxiously for no apparent reason, I cut the scarf off.  I pulled all the threads evenly and tied back on.
  Several years ago, Clinch Valley Weavers had a white elephant swap, and Helen Gairns came with a big box of yarn she wanted to get rid of.  I bought a beautiful fat spool of pink silk that since then has languished in my stash, waiting for the perfect project. I saw it the other day when I was looking for hat knitting yarn and thought, hmmm... I wonder what that would do as weft in the Lover's Knot warp?
  Dear Wally found that spool once and had a good time with it, making it almost unwindable, but when I want something, I don't let much get in my way.  I spent a good two hours this morning untangling and winding the silk onto bobbins, stealing glances at the newly finished scarf and trying to imagine the pink silk in the warp.
  I wish a camera could do it justice!  I took the photo on the left with flash, and the others without, but neither method shows how lovely the silk is blending with the warp.  I simply love it!  It doesn't stand out as much as the flashless photo shows it; it just blends right in, and lets the warp show much more than the gray did.  And the hand of the fabric is going to be so much more luscious!

It's also quite noticeable that the gray tencel is much thicker than the pink silk.  The pattern is much smaller in the pink.  Once the gray is washed, I know it will be soft and drapey, too, but the pink has stolen my heart!
  Unfortunately, the tighter thread has reappeared, but since the gray scarf doesn't seem to be affected by it, I will carry on.  I can't find the source of the pulling on that thread, but hope it becomes apparent soon, so I can fix it before the next scarf.  Hmmm... I wonder what the next weft will be?
  This afternoon, after some shopping and lunch with Mom, I'll take the gray scarf to the bead store and look for some yummy embellishments!
  I hope you have a yummy day, too!


LA said...

That silk is looking so fine!!!!!! I'm so glad you had it in your stash! Give your Mom a hug for me & enjoy your lunch.

Tina J said...

The silk looks so shiny on the bobbins! I can't wait to see it in person!

Bonnie said...

The pink silk in the scarf is beautiful. The gray is pretty with a pink sheen to it. You will have to bring it for show and tell.

Theresa said...

Maggie, Pink and grey has always been a winning combo in my books and such a beautiful pink you've got there. The pattern is of course perfect. I'm in love with it too!

Roxie said...

Awe-freaking-some! I am SUCH a sucker for pink, and silk is always at the top of my list,so you have a guaranteed winner there as far as I'm concerned! Gorgeous and sooo marketable!!