Bruce came through his surgery very well! In fact, he hasn't been the total invalid I was expecting. He has good mobility and went from crutches to cane in twenty four hours, with minimal swelling. The trouble is, he's feeling so much better than anticipated that he tends to do too much and then... well, you know how this ends!
The flowers were a sunny get well from friends Lynnette, Michael and Ngaire! Simply beautiful...
I love the little green/ yellow flowers, inside the red ones. They are so dainty. The whole bouquet is red's and yellow's with lush greenery.
Another conclusion is the much promised waffle towels. It took me far longer to hand hem them as the royal blue was dark to work on at night so I had to sit and do some of them during the day. The old eyes aren't as sharp as they used to be!
So for folks seeing this post first, there were two others related to this here and here. (The draft is at the first.) I don't normally take this long but its been a busy fall!
I haven't woven waffle weave in many years and I must add some thoughts and feelings about the project. Weavers normally weave flat cloth, so this waffle weave was a delight! The pattern took shape on the loom and once the tension came off, the squares started to form right away. Laundering deepened them considerably and the cloth was springy and soft. Really nice to touch and squeeze! The shrinkage rates was understandably large. I allowed for 30% in both warp and weft but will allow more in the length next time. The yarn used was 8/2 cottons sett 24 epi.
The project width on the loom was 25 inches and final width is 21 inches. I cut the towel lengths to 34 inches, then with a small one inch hem at either end, the final length was 27 inches. So greater shrinkage in the length! The towels are a decent size (I like them large) but I would prefer more length next time. I would allow for 36 inches per towel next time. Not much more but enough to make a difference!
You can see the difference the slightly darker blue made in the second picture. Can you spot them? I'll be posting these towels to my Etsy shop for sale. Now, I like blue, but I think I'll leave move onto other colours for the next project!
So the next up and due to be woven off next is ....(drum roll please).... more towels! I have the turned twill towels on the Louet Spring to get busy on next. For a quieter, slower time of year, I seem to be challenged to get time in on the looms lately!
I'll leave you with a picture of one of the fall crops in from our small orchard:
Cold, juicy and crisp! And as usual, the squirrel horde got all the hazelnuts...