Thanks to Susan's suggestion about using both 16/2 and 18/2 unmercerized cotton for the best of both worlds, I am now thinking in terms of using 16/2 for the warp and 8/2 for the weft.
WEFT PATTERNING TO DOMINATE
Recently when I weave crackle, I have been interested in the interplay of warp and weft, so I use the same size yarn for both. With these towels, however, I have decided that I will choose to have the weft patterning dominate, so I will use the heavier yarn for the weft.
I WANT TO BUY YARN!
I want to have the yarn here when I am ready, so the first thing I need to do is to get a general idea of how much yarn I need to order. So I need to do a generalized calculation for amounts of warp and weft. I say generalized, because I cannot know exactly how many warp ends I will need until I get the threading design perfected. But I can come close enough to give me the ability to order yarns.
More to come............