Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Ghost in the Machine

Can you see how shaft 2 rises when 3 & 4 are raised?
 I have been away from Tuesday Weaving for the last three weeks, and I feel negligent of my friendships and duties, but this week, I had a very compelling reason:  I had a dentist appointment.  Now, if you know me well, you know very little stands in the way of having my teeth cleaned.  I'm one of those freaks who love having them cleaned.  And this appointment was, for some reason I don't understand--I made it myself!--at 10:00 Tuesday morning.  What WAS I thinking?
  Anyway, teeth are cleaned, and I have been gardening up a storm while it's beautiful.  I've also been trying to finish the first curtain on the warp on Jenny.  It's for the front door, and I really want it up!  But I have had so many problems with what was supposed to be a simple warp.  The back is a mess of weights and spools hanging off, threads crossing over at crazy angles and some loose threads that refuse to explain themselves.  So, I'm determined to finish this curtain today, cut it off, rethread and sley the warp and move on to the two side windows' curtains.
Bumps, lumps and otherwise un-beautiful!
  The pattern I'm using now is Vertical Swedish Lace from Davison, and it really should be so simple!  I've figured out that part of the problem, besides my warping errors, is that shaft two rises half an inch when three and four are raised.  That makes the shuttle run under the plain weave parts, leaving loose threads in the back.  When I take the warp out of the reed and heddles, I'll get under the loom and see what's catching on what.  Jenny's never had this problem before, and I'm mystified.
  Once I've checked Jenny over and fixed shaft two, I'm going to rethread using a Huck lace pattern from the Weaver's book, something simple that will let in a little light but still give privacy.
Leo ponders what to read next.
I posted a video of my new library last week on A Sweet Thread, but had some cute pet pictures as well.  Leo approves, as does Weftie, but I wish I could find a place to hide the litter box and litter.  
  I hope your literary and fiber adventures are happy and productive this week!
Weftie thinks about Plato's Republic, sorely lacking in Cat stories.


LA said...

I had a cord come loose on the treadle on one of my projects....I didn't notice the mistake for about an inch!!! I'm sure you'll be able to fix the problem!

Bonnie said...

Clean teeth is important but we missed you.

Theresa said...

LOL, well I'm not sure if any of my cats ponder Plato's Republic but they might be familar with Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, or a Streetcar Named Desire. ;)

I do hope you are able to find the problem with Jenny and it's good to hear from you here, clean teeth and all.