When the craft daemon wants double weave…

I have a “craft daemon”. If you read my other blog, you’ll know he’s frenemies with my “writing daemon” and they time-share my attention. Sort of. (Why “daemon” is a common question? Well, let’s face it, this crafting thing is a compulsion, not a choice for many of us…)

So, the craft daemon got super excited the other day when a non-crafter friend of mine suggested/requested a project for her cat. As a rule I don’t make things for beings that can’t request something on their own behalf, but I know this cat well enough to maybe break the rule. (Besides, we all know who the item is really for, right?)

But the cause of the excitement wasn’t a commission… it was that this item will involve double weave. My daemon loves double weave! Why? I don’t know.

This interest has meant drawing of diagrams, refreshing ourselves on how to double weave (it’s been a while), squee-ful measuring and planning. Strangely though, I still haven’t gone to the loom. And he’s not bugging me about that.

This leaves me wondering if my craft daemon secretly enjoys the concept of double weave more than the execution. I could be wrong… it’s possible that he just thinks I should by a new threading hook – mine is missing – before we launch into trying to thread two heddles. He may have a point.

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Record keeping

If you’ve been reading this blog then you’ll probably have noticed that I like to play and figure stuff out. The important thing about doing this, is that I have to keep records, because otherwise I’d forget what yarn or what reed I used for a given project.

It also allows me to record what I was trying to do and what I noticed as I went.

So what do I write down for each project? Well, the basics are the yarns (brand/type/colour/ball length) and roughly how much of/many a ball got used. I also record the reed, the number of ends and the finished dimensions of the piece.

I have to say this all leads me to constant surprise at how little yarn weaving uses compared to knitting!

But my little project cards from the past 6mths now give me a guide to how much of a certain yarn I’ll need on a particular reed. This is handy as I plan a few new projects even though it’s all approximate.

My goal for upcoming projects is to measure yarn onto my shuttles (right now I just load them up and hope!) and also to measure my warp length more accurately. This does pose the question of whether my little cards I’m recording on, will be big enough. It may mean graduating to a notebook!

Good thing I own plenty of ornate notebooks…