I've been so busy lately that my new friend "Skelly" offered to lend a hand.
This warp, which I've named "Arabian Nights", has a considerable amount of dark brown alpaca in both the warp and the weft and Skelly was happy to help spin it.
The weaving he left to me.
65" later, (not including the fringe lengths), it's time to unhitch the front of the warp and turn it --
-- so that the beginning warp ends can then be woven as weft.
Once they are woven into the end of the cloth the whole thing is cut free, the ends secured with overhand knots, and then the fringe twisted.
Once the cowl was taken care of I moved onto creating the hats from the remaining warp. 36" lengths of weaving (with fringe at both ends) is woven and then the warp ends are tied together to create the tube shape of the hat and those ends are twisted. The outermost warp threads are pulled to gather the crown end into a tight closure, and the "face edge" loosely to a slightly larger than head size circumference.
Skelly helped with the next step.
By this point though he was complaining that I was working him to the bone. And I have to agree, knitting the ribbed bands for the hats seems more tedious and less fun than the weaving.
But it gives such a nice finish to the hats that it's a step that I endure.