Monday, December 19, 2011
Everything But the Kitchen Sink Towels
While throwing everything into these towels possible, I ran across a very good cookie recipe with the same name - not halvdrall, but Everything But the Kitchen Sink Cookies from Cookiepedia. Try them, I think you will find they are as tasty as the towels are colorful.
Here is a P.S. to the post. A weaving friend asked Madelyn van der Hoogt what the meaning of halvdrall was. Here is her answer
I'm going to tell you this off the top of my head, but I’m pretty sure it captures the gist. Shaft movement in Swedish counterbalance looms is operated by pulleys called drall pulleys (should be two dots on that a). In some weaves, such as damask and turned twill, all of the shafts in the pulleys operate against each other (I’m not saying this right. Maybe it’s better to say that each block has its own separate shafts, so when you change from one block to the next, you change the operation of both groups of shafts on the pulleys). These are drall weaves. In halb drall weaves, the pattern shafts for each block are different, but the tie-down shafts are the same for both blocks. This affects the way the pulley system works; only “half” change their operation from block to block, hence halb drall.
So, turned twill is a drall weave. Summer and winter is a halb drall weave.