"Call it magic…"

Hello, friends! There’s a new Cold Play song called, “Magic”. And while I’m not a huge fan of the group, there’s something about the song that I love! And for today’s blog, it seems to fit! So, there you have it – my not-so-convoluted reasoning for a title! Now that that’s out of the way, let’s weave! (Or, create a little “magic”, as Chris Martin would croon!)

All knotted up!
All knotted up!

When I last left you, the loom was nearly dressed! All that was left was tying a few knots! So, we are moving onward and upward to the good stuff!

A little TP to start me off!
A little TP to start me off!

After the knots are all evenly tied across the width of the project, it’s time for a little toilet paper to space out the yarns!

The most complicated knot I know!
The most complicated knot I know!

A few years back, one of the members of our weaver’s guild (she’s a knitter) brought me a grocery bag full of rolls of cheap toilet paper! Apparently, her husband bought it on accident and they weren’t going to use it! So, it was donated to me! And at the rate I’m going, I’ll still be working my way through it 15 years from now! I think of her every time I pull out a roll! (Although, she may not necessarily appreciate the fact that I associate her with cheap toilet paper… could be weird, right?)

Let's begin with some dark colors!
Let’s begin with some dark colors!
Classic case of over-winding the shuttle...
Classic case of over-winding the shuttle…

I like to use a rag shuttle for this type of project. It allows me to wind on a number of different yarns together without worrying about them becoming uneven. If you use a smaller-radiused shuttle, the thinner yarns wind on tighter than the thicker ones. (I think I just made up the word, “radiused”. Where’s Webster’s when you need him?)

Throwing in the occasional light-colored yarn!
Throwing in the occasional light-colored yarn!
Ah, the woven vista...
Ah, the woven vista…

One of the design elements I want to add to the project is mimicking the spacing of the natural-colored yarns in the warp (yarns in the loom), into the fabric. So, about every 6″, I switch up my shuttles and throw a few light yarns to give it a little more character! And ultimately, it’s all about keeping me entertained. If the fabric looks great, it’s just a bonus!

Nice lookin' squares there!
Nice lookin’ squares there!
Love a variegated yarn thrown in!
Love a variegated yarn thrown in!

So, the plan is to slowly add in some lighter shades of blue. At least, that’s the thought for now… Stay tuned to check it out! Talk to you soon…

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