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Waffle Weave Towels

     There really is no greater therapy than creating.  There is something to be said when one can take time to create something and sit back and look at the results and be pleased.  I've been working through my stash of yarn and am nearing the end of it.  I'm getting to the colors that I'm not very fond of which is, in turn, making me look at the finished products and thinking 'meh'.  This last run of tencel scarves had me feeling that way.  I much prefer using rich colors as opposed to muted tones because the results are always pleasing to the eye.  Though these scarves have great luster due to the fiber content, they just lack the 'wow' I like to say when I'm finished.

     Switching gears and heading over to my Glimakra, I've decided to go with a run of waffle weave towels.  Since I don't have any unmercerized cotton left, I'm working with 5/2 mercerized cotton in teal and natural.

     As I was counting out the warp and listening to Gramatik, I didn't realize that I was making an error in the number of ends.  The original idea was 410 ends.

     Last second, I decided to add one section of grey.  Thinking that I was all set, I spread the warp in the raddle.
      This was when I realized that I had couned the green as part of the neutral sections so, I'm off 40 threads for the entire warp.  So much for dancing while counting ends.
      After some reconfiguring, the heddles and reed were threaded and the header started.


     So, the idea for this run of towels is that the green will border the areas of waffle weave.  Once they're wet finished, I'm hoping that the borders will reduce the amount of shrinkage that waffle weave is so famous for.

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