Big Commission Takes a Holiday

It seems like a million years ago I started collecting cashmere sweaters to un-knit and use the yarn as weft to make a blanket. After I had collected 4 or 5 sweaters and took them apart, I put the skeins of yarn in my cedar chest and continued on my weaving journey. A couple years ago I was telling a friend about this great idea to make a blanket out of recycled cashmere, and she agreed and commissioned me to weave a blanket 90″ x 100″ that had the unknitted cashmere as the weft. These were the only parameters.

Slowly I began testing various warps to combine with the cashmere and finally settled on Bambu 12 doubled and sett at 24 epi. I ikat dyed a bunch of the bamboo and wove a 20″ panel to see.

I wish I had time right now to re-cap or at least to give you the link to my older posts that chronicle the project panel by panel, but the airport shuttle will be here in less than 6 hours and I haven’t finished packing and still have a couple more feet to weave before I can cut the piece off the loom (and I really want to take it with me).

I will attempt to fix the links whenever I get near a computer in the next couple of weeks. But the picture above shows some progress. I joined two of the panels together. I love the way it looks so much I decided to wear it as a shawl on my trip. It looks and feels quite divine. I am taking the other 3 completed panels with me and will join them all together in my spare time.

The delivery date of the completed blanket is August, and I have 4 more panels to weave. It is time to get busy.

I am sure you have noticed the narrow horizontal panel is longer than the ikat panel. Well, I fixed that right after I saw the picture (grin)

This entry was posted in Big Commission, Recycled Cashmere, Saori, Techniques.


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    Marie March 14, 2008 at 1:37 pm #

    Just breathtaking! A true labor of love. Don’t forget to share your method of joining the panels.

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    Ames March 14, 2008 at 2:28 pm #

    you and the blanket errr… shawl look beautiful. Can’t wait to see it in all its final glory.Have a great time on your trip(s).

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    Leigh March 15, 2008 at 1:48 pm #

    It’s lovely! And what a great idea to collect old sweaters for the yarn. Clever!

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    Peg in South Carolina March 16, 2008 at 8:36 pm #

    I have found that adding internal links (“related posts”) substantially increases the number of pages viewed in a day.

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    Peg in South Carolina March 27, 2008 at 4:37 pm #

    It’s March 27……..I’m hungry……..It’s been a long time……(grin!) Meanwhile, I did make slip knots on this warp as per your suggestion and so far it looks like I am going to like this much better than chaining because they undo much more easily than chains. Every once in a while I would have just a terrible time unchaining a bout. Thanks!