Or work. Once I start really in on the threading it will be work. Warping the triple width went surprisingly well. Not a single thread broken, didn't take endless amounts of time, a no tears wind on. The one modification I did make was changing out the raddle. It was only a slight delay figuring out how to attach the 1/2" sectioned raddle over the built in Louet Raddle, which I taped up so there was no chance of threads catching on it.
I still kept to the same epi I used for the first triple weave blanket.
Stats on this one are:
Harrisville Shetland for both warp and weft (the white is a bit of Pendleton wool I have).
Triple width, plain weave, 6 shafts, 6 treadles
30 epi in the reed (10 epi would be the single layer sett)
33 inches should yield close to 99 inches opened.
990 ends plus fishing line at selvages and folds.
Gene was extremely helpful with the beaming on. I simply couldn't have done it without him. A weighted warp would have been fine with just about any other material, but the Shetland wool at this density likes to really grab itself and twist up, snagging on the raddle , so having eyes watching was a necessity. I get the back of the loom by the lease sticks, another place where it all likes to snag and grab. Sorry no pictures of my helper. Once we get into it, we're into it. This one was on in a little over a half hour.
The rolling table was extremely handy.
The last knitted sleeve grows slowly. I have about 10 inches done and really need to get a move on it. The sweater needs to be sewn together before I can finish up the neck ribbing. Sewing up a sweater isn't my least favorite task, but it certainly isn't high up on the list of things I like to do. It's always rather slow and tedious.
On farm news, I have deemed it dry enough to get Cooper out for the first ride of 2010.
While he can be a little heavy in the bridle and sometimes feels like a slow moving freight train, he's always dependable and patient and is the best horse for both building confidence and seeing just how out of riding shape I'm in. No doubt we'll both be winded by the time we get back to the barn.