I am almost always wrong about weft. So I guess it’s a good thing that I like sampling, isn’t it? The pale grey-green silk I mentioned is OK, but the lilac which I didn’t mention but tried anyway — well, it’s much better. I thought it might make the whole ensemble altogether too overwhelmingly pink, but in fact it gives the non-pink warp colours much more clarity. Alas I can’t provide photographic evidence as it is too late in the evening and the daylight bulb in my studio has gone phhht, so I hope you’ll take my word for it just now.
Here’s some exciting pictorial news, though: I got a parcel from Meg!
The pencil has a little cat on the end, which I especially appreciate as I know that Meg is not a cat-person. And the yarn is a New Zealand merino from a company called Isolation Merino. It seems that they had this yarn produced especially for them to knit into garments, but then found that their customers couldn’t cope with washing wool. So they have switched to using superwash yarn (i.e. with the scales removed or specially coated) and are selling off their “proper” wool yarn to handweavers and other users. However, once it’s gone Meg tells me that there will be no such NZ-produced yarn available to small businesses any more, which is a terrible shame — and makes me all the more grateful for this special gift. I don’t yet know what I shall do with it. It’s quite fine, about the same as some 2/28 wool that I have, but much, much softer.