Meanwhile, I put a scarf warp on the loom. I began with a blend of softest merino/silk/yak fiber in cream, gold and brown and spun a two-ply, heavy lace yarn. As I spun, I kept the colors random, with bits of "barber-poling" here and there, in order to achieve a tweedy effect. Here is the finished yarn on the warping board. To the broad, salted caramel stripe I added two bordering bands of hand-painted 20/2 silk yarn in shades of pale pink, ecru and gold.
I used a 10-dent reed to reduce friction on the center warp ends--history has taught me to exercise extreme caution with my handspun yarns, and so far I have been rewarded with not a single broken end. Here is Scarf Number One, woven plain-weave, with a natural-colored 20/2 silk weft. I love the color and texture variations in this warp.
And here is Scarf Number Two, a twill, and my favorite version so far.
A happy morning's work!