As anyone who knows me knows, I don't DO random.  In my itty-bitty brain, random represents chaos, an inability to make sense, and a cause for anxiety (like I need another). So why, then, did I wind a towel warp using 6 colors, in no particular order??  Because I was inspired by some towels created by a Ravelry friend, DebbieB.  She has made several runs of these towels, using different (and more, I think) colors than I have, and they were stunning.

So, after winding 7 yards' worth of cotton,

and beaming them on the loom,

To my mind, even when I do random, I do it with a certain sense of order, so my head did NOT explode while I was choosing how to thread this!

I then started to weave (after some time consuming corrections).  The plan is to weave each towel with each color in the warp.  My first towel I wove with purple:

Then I tried a bright turquiose:

I'm now halfway done with a medium blue weft:

To me, the purple one really pops!  I'm afraid the other colors will also wash out the vibrancy of the warp, like the blues did.  I would love to weave one with black, but I don't have that amongst my stash, YET!

Next up will be red and green, and maybe another purple one unless someone thinks the yellow would do.  I'd love to hear your opinions on this.

In knitting news, I just finished knitting a pair of Norwegian mittens from the Selbuvotter book, using some handspun BFL from Spunky Eclectic (http://www.spunkyeclectic.com/default.asp).

The fiber looked like this,

I then split it into warm/cool colors and three-plied it,

and these are the mittens I ended up with:

They are doubly thick and so will be nice and warm, although not appropriate for today. We're having freakishly warm and extremely winding conditions today, along with tropical downpours and sunshine.  The temperature is going to plummet later on today, so no worries there.  Not sure what to do with them, but I do love the way the colors shift.

I'm also showing some of my weaving and knitting at a gallery in western Maine, SugarWood Gallery (http://www.sugarwoodgallery.com/) and have already sold 2 knitted headbands, and gotten a consignment to weave someone a scarf for a wedding in May!

Guess I'd better get busy!  Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Hey, your towels look great! I use 11-14 colors in my towels - your 6 color towels look really good too.


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