I spent a few hours at the loom yesterday and finished weaving the rest of the 8/4 cotton rug warp. The weft is also 8/4 cotton rug warp but tan rather than dark green. I think it looks like it might be a nice table runner.
I used a 12-dent reed for the table runner and a 10-dent reed for the little sample. Both have the same number of threads for the width but the 12-dent project, at 14 inches wide, is about 2 inches narrower than the little sample comparing before-washing widths. Before washing, the 8/4 cotton rug warp is very stiff and rough. However, after washing it is transformed. I washed the sample in warm water with a batch of towels and dried it. It is now 14 inches wide, shrinking 2.25 inches "width of the loom-wise" and 1.5 inches of length (including fringe) in the washing process. It is very soft and drapey now. The weave is still open but closer than before washing. The knotted fringe lost the individual string structure and now is thready--a nice soft look. I'll wash the 12-dent runner tomorrow. This loom will probably keep me entertained for quite a while. Next up on the loom....warping for a kitchen towel.
I joined Curves today. I'm hoping for more success in exercising than I had just trying it on my own at home. I belonged to Curves about five or six years ago and liked it but I don't remember why I stopped going. I probably just wimped out back then. I can't wimp out now. I'm going to be 50 years old in November and I want to be fit and fifty, not fifty and a frump. The use of the word "frump" is, of course, quite subjective and, potentially, inflammatory. However, that is what I feel like and I don't like it.