tells me that my wool is here from R.H. Lindsay, so I can start spinning weft like the wind. My spinning wheel has lain dormant for nearly a week now... Time to get it going again! (I suppose it's a good thing I went ahead and got the entire spool of fishing line to replace tension bands... I've melted TWO in the last month.)
At the Rose Tourney last weekend, I got to see teffan
for like... 4 seconds. (She was fighting, so she was busy most of the day.) During that four seconds, she mentioned to me that she was meaning to make herself some "leg wraps" but hadn't gotten 'round to it yet, and could she commission some from me? Apparently her boots kept falling down and she wasn't willing to tolerate it long enough to learn how to tablet weave and make her own.
Now, I thought it was a bit odd that someone would try to tablet-weave leg-wraps, rather than inkle weaving them, or just using a regular loom, but I was delighted to have a useful project to try. Better still, teffan
said she didn't care what they looked like since the boot would hide most of them anyway. This left me free to try out some of the more "visually offensive" patterns from my weaving book. (Why did it not occur to me to question her odd fashion decision to wear leg-wraps under boots? Because I have been getting cankles at events for the last 2 years, and leg wraps have helped to alleviate the problem. I just thought she had the same problem/solution.)
So last night, I diligently measured out 7 yards of warp yarn for a 4 inch wide "selvedge practice" exercise, and was quite pleased with my color selection of tan and white.
I jumped on instant messenger to ask teffan
whether or not she thought 3.5 yards was too much and this was the point at which we figured out that we were NOT talking about the same thing.
7 YARDS was WAAAAY too much... And actually 4 inches of width was also overkill... She actually wanted a pair of garters
, which I would also be delighted to make... just not with the warp I already cut.
So for 8 or 9 hours today I had some "orphaned" leg wraps. I was going to finish them anyway and donate them to the silent auction at Crown, until I got to talking with Keg. Apparently, he's been looking to get a pair of leg wraps for some time now, but just couldn't bring himself to wear the silly horse wraps that some of the fighters have been strapping on. Can't say I blame him. So now my leg wraps have a home to go to when they are finished, and the project in my head is gelling. Gunther wears mostly dark colors, so I will spin up a natural black wool to use as weft. I'm going to try weaving it as a single, just to see if I can save myself plying time, and in a week or two, I will have a Gunther Gift to exchange for Loom Construction Help on October 25 when eithni
and I invade his shop and use his toys to make ourselves a warp-weighted loom and a tapestry loom.
I love it when misunderstandings can be worked out! (And no worries... I'll make teffan
a pair of garters too... And maybe a pair for Michael while I'm at it... I saw more of his stockings during the Rose Tourney than I really care to... Was he on the winning team that GOT garters? Someone please say yes...)