Here is the merino-silk combination straight off the loom and looking rather stunned, as they often do.
I treated it the same way as the sample. First I washed it ever so gently in the sink, using Ecover’s “Delicate” as I usually do. Then I rinsed it and squeezed out the excess water. And then I flung it in the dryer with a towel for twenty minutes, ran away and hid (with my eyes shut and ears covered so I couldn’t hear any screaming). I might add that this is the same dryer which malfunctioned the other day: the timer apparently got stuck and it kept drying the same load for four hours… But for some reason, this seemed to me a gentler option than running it through the delicate wash cycle to shrink the wool, which is what I would do if the non-shrinking fibre were cotton.
Anyway, my post title is a giveaway: no disasters, just a nicely soft and crinkly scarf.
I did a bit of plain weave at each end for a hem, but the huck part — the whole body of the scarf — has shrunk from 91″ to 56″, so Quite a Lot.
For some reason, my camera is not at its best with blues and purples. The first picture is more accurate as to colour; the lower one seems a bit bleached. I took the poor thing all over the house to try and get a better picture, and then had the bright idea of plonking it on a red armchair in the hall. The camera likes red so I thought it might cheer it up a bit.
The hall is rather dark as it doesn’t get much natural light, and I wasn’t using a tripod so the long exposure means it is rather blurry… but, but, but… these are definitely more like the scarf colours and you get a better sense of the contrast between the light and dark areas.
I’ve got a few half-drafted posts about sensible things, so I hope to get those to you before long; but in the meantime perhaps you can help me fathom the mystery of why our letter tray is getting so lop-sided.