I hope it will be a surprise. I don't think the recipient is one of my two blog readers. She did me a big favour last year and was extremely kind after my mother died. I thought I should thank her with a birthday shawl.
It's finally on the loom. I bought the yarn in January but various trips to England at the beginning of the year meant I didn't have time to start until now. I wanted to be able to enjoy it and not have to worry that I would be interrupted.
And to help with the winding on??
It isn't very scientific but the bottles have a very small amount of water in them and they help to keep the tension even.
Warping front to back is massively easier. The warp ist already evenly spaced and the tension stays even throughout the work. Or at least I hope it does!
Here you can see the little windows appearing. I do like this draft. It is very straightforward and enjoyable to weave.
I bought the yarn from Helen Brotherton's My Fine Weaving Yarn. To help me choose the colours she sent me photos of various colour combinations and put up with me changing my mind every other day. I can't recommend her enough. True customer support.