I have been working on some wonderful pure natural cotton woven towels for about 3 years. Now obviously I wasn’t working on them the entire 3 years or I would have finished them much earlier. But they were on one of my looms for about 3 years in two different houses in 2 different states. Thankfully my looms fold up very nicely for relocations of all kinds. I am not really sure why it took me so long to finish them. The pattern was an interesting 12 row repeat. I think the color, which was natural, may have been the problem. I do believe that color for me is definitely an indictor of how quickly the project will be completed. The more color the faster it gets done. It’s just more fun to work on.
Anyway I finally finished these 3 towels. The pattern was a variation of waffle weave, very textured. I finished them right before Christmas. I had to finish them, the loom was set up in the spot where the Christmas tree goes during the holidays. I washed them and lovingly hung them in the master bathroom. Only one problem….they just didn’t absorb enough water. Geez, how the heck can you use a towel that doesn’t soak up water? The short answer to that question is You Can’t! It just doesn’t work.
On to Plan B! The dimensions of these now non-towels are 52 inches x 23 inches with 3.5 inches of fringe. So guess what? They are now beautiful natural cotton shawls! Perfect for those cool Spring/Summer evenings or too cold air conditioned places. Check out the pics below.
The morale of the story? Even if your project doesn’t turn out the way you thought it would, you can always find a way to use it. I think I have to think up a name other than Towel Shawls though. Got any great ideas?
Happy Knitting and Weaving…..Caroline