Step 1 - Yarn Wraps. For me, the first step in planning almost always involves doing some yarn wraps to decide exactly which colors I will use and in what approximate proportions. I did several wraps, using 6 or 7 colors and chose the 2 wraps you see below as the final two. Finally I decided the warp needed a little extra "punch" and chose the wrap that has the black in it. The thread counts in the wrap use Fibonacci numbers in random order (1-2-3-5-8-13-21). I used 5 colors all together: black, turquoise, royal, chartreuse and lavender.
Step 2:- Planning my draft. I knew I wanted to use a mix of point twill and plain weave, just as I did in the Weaver's Challenge scarf, but this scarf was going to be a little different:
Step 3 - Warp calculations. The last thing I needed to do before I started measuring my warp was to do some calculations to figure out how long my warp should be, how much yarn I would need for the warp and weft, and to make sure I had enough yarn on hand.
Warp width: 281 ends / 24 epi ==> 11.7" in the reed
Warp length: Planning for weaving 2 scarves plus 1 sample that is to be woven, cut off, and washed before proceeding with weaving the scarves.
Once my calculations were done, I was ready to start measuring my warp chains. A project for another day. To be continued on Life History-Day 3
To review, go back to Life History-Day 1
I have been happily weaving since my son was born in 1988.