I have become completely addicted to this 30/2 Nm silk.
The colour is called “gunmetal” and it goes with everything. I used it in the previous crinkly scarf and then again in this — another — crinkly scarf. The first was mainly blue, the second mainly red, but both are enhanced by the gunmetal grey. I am sorely tempted to use it again in the current project which has a warp in grey and red; but I don’t want to become a one-weft weaver, so I sampled both the grey silk (at the bottom of the picture below) and a dark red wool (at the top).
The grey does give a very sharp finish and the customer — Stuart — likes it a lot. He also likes the red wool a lot. Finally, after much deliberation of samples fulled to different degrees, the weaver and the customer have agreed on the red wool. (I did offer him more choices, but he felt the two options were sufficiently taxing to his decision-making powers and he didn’t want to risk liking a third as well.)
I have been promising Stuart a new scarf since he bought a new winter coat last year. He is a bit of a scarf tree since he gets not only scarves intended for him, but also assorted items that didn’t quite work out as planned. His favourite is this block twill in blues and greys with a bit of red, but I’m told it goes too well with jeans to be worn with the more formal wool coat. Besides, it is getting rather elderly. I wove it in 2005, I think, and was experimenting — hence the two ends having different patterns. I’m afraid I just grabbed it off the peg for this photo so it is both grubby and crumpled.
For this pattern I decided to scale down the triangles in Mystery beyond the Mountains, which was a nice challenge and a good opportunity to re-deploy something that took me ages to work out. The original blocks were each about 3″ wide on the loom, which would give a rather dull scarf. The new ones are just under 1½” and it was surprisingly tricky to get them the right size and to scale the treadling as well. If it works out, I’m tempted to make another one, just because I can.