My parcel finally arrived last Tuesday which was Day 13 of the estimated 6 to 10 day delivery time, I should probably be glad that it didn’t take longer.
After its whistle stop tour of the US and the stopover in Auckland, it cooled its heels for 5 days at the Sunshine West Mail Exchange, known locally as the Bermuda Triangle of parcel deliveries. The USPS tracking eventually told me it was at my local post office while the local tracking site told me it was still in Sunshine so I went up to try my luck and after searching several times they eventually found it. The post office just asked me for feedback on their service, so I told them what I thought
Here’s what was inside
About a third of the natural 8/2 cotton has been made into a warp already and weaving is underway.
I planned for 24 ends per inch, 3 per dent in an 8 dent reed. One look at the reed marks told me they would probably not disappear with wet finishing
The first towel has a black weft,
the second is terracotta
and the current one is sage.
I have plenty of colours in 8/2 cotton so may run out of warp before I run out of suitable wefts
And what did I accomplish over the weekend, where the weather was so hot and humid that I wouldn’t have been able to work on the big loom in the garage, even if I’d had the yarn?
I finished the fringes on the silk/linen scarves. They both probably need a second wet finishing to give them a bit more drape, particularly the one with the linen weft. I finished the band for the glasses cases and put a chenille warp on the 4 shaft loom. I’ve made good progress there, 2 are woven but need to be finished and another chenille warp is on the loom.
Then I retreated to the air conditioned bedroom to watch the final of the Australian Tennis because it was the only comfortable spot in the house.
Fortunately it’s now cooled down and it’s on with the weaving with the first market of the year coming up on March 4