Weaving - Shaman's Stone
My second Saori-inspired weaving adventure.
I wanted to choose a more neutral palette and remembered a whole bin of yarn I'd gathered to do some free-range knitting in the manner of Jane Thornley.
And, as these things happen, I realized these colors connect with the series of pieces in my head called Shaman's Stone, one of which I've already done. It's the second scarf in this post.
An interesting thing happened in the finishing process.
The warp is Fox Fibre 3/2 organic cotton, color Oatmeal. I'd completely forgotten that much Fox Fibre does a color transformation when exposed to hot water - it darkens. Dramatically, if boiled.
In this case, it was just hot tap water, and I was amazed and delighted to see a piece that seemed very pale, too pale, darken almost the minute it got into the water. The warp became a very deep tan color.
And it changed the whole piece entirely, both in a physical sense, and in its spirit. That serendipitous
transformation was magical to me.
As it dried again, the warp lightened considerably, but still remained darker than before. I don't know if the effect is so apparent from these pictures, but I'll have a go at trying to demonstrate it with them.
Here is the piece in process, when I photographed one of those beetles that looks like a ladybug. There are a few buzzing around the basement, and one suddenly dropped in on the weaving.
Here is a detail picture after washing:
and another detail:
Saori Worcester - page on Way of Saori
Lest you think I've abandoned knitting, here's what's on the needles (besides the 30 UFO's previously mentioned a few posts back) and being actively, regularly attended to: