Monday, April 27, 2015


A few weeks ago, on a Tuesday at weaving, we were talking about yarns as we went through a donation of a weaver's stash of goodies. It's kind of sad when we get boxes of yarn from someone who passed on. They had so many plans for that yarn. Ideas of things to weave, colors to put together to see how the combination would work as a cohesive unit. 
However, I'm also glad that we were able to get the yarn for our weavers. We have new weavers that are having the same thoughts of what to weave, the colors to use and items planned.
We have been fortunate to be the recipients of a fair number of stashes and thankful that our new weavers are able to use some good yarns fairly early in their projects. The last bunch of yarn included alot of 8/2 cotton which is exactly what we were needing for projects I wanted us to weave this year. We'll start seeing the projects fairly soon as warps are woven off the looms and the new warps will include these yarns.

So, this time there was a small ball of an accent yarn which is something I like to use in my warps. I don't remember what we did with the ball but in passing Roz mentioned that the knitting shop on Cedar Bluff had some on sale. She even called over there to be sure and they did. They pulled 6 balls out for me and I said I"d be down there after weaving.
That day we were there til at least 3pm. I was heading home when I remembered that I was supposed to go there. It was a kind of rainy afternoon and I didn't really feel like going the extra 20 minutes out to the shop but, since Roz had called for me and they had put a few aside for me, I figured I'd better so. 
So I did.
Yes, they had the yarn. They were closing it out. It was buy one, get two free!!! Yup, I cleaned them out.
I like using an accent yarn as  a starting point in a warp. Often I'll just use a solid color warp and weft and just add the accent yarn every half inch or less. So, the yarn on the front right, I might use a dark gray warp/weft and have that yarn as accent. However, if you look above them at the bright dazzle ball, I may have a main color warp/weft, but also add a bunch of color to the warp in an organized manner to make an interesting fabric for jackets, vests, etc.
So the possibilities are endless. I've already pulled a few out and sent in my yarn order to supplement the yarns I already have to make the projects I've planned.
In the next couple of months, I"ll be posting pictures of the projects I came up with.
That's how weaving goes. You have a plan for what you're going to be weaving next. Then someone makes a spur of the moment comment that changes the whole thing and you're glad they did! Right now I"m weaving a fairly boring warp of solid red but in the back of my mind, I"m already thinking and planning for the next few warps and how I can add a bit of interest to the mix for my next show.

It's spring here in Knoxville. I think we're having dogwood winter because it's chilly again but the leaves are all out, birds are singing and we did go to Stanley's to buy a few plants for the deck yesterday. Today I hope to plant them and get the deck looking nice, maybe pull out the plants from the greenhouse soon as well and maybe even go back for a few more ferns to hang since mine didn't winter through very well...
But, the crunch is on and I have to spend most of my day weaving. I'm sure I'll need a break this afternoon.....
Until next week, keep weaving!


LA said...

Isn't it funny....spring brings us thoughts of FALL shows. We do need to keep that in mind, right??? LOVE those accent're going to have so much fun!

Theresa said...

I'm a sucker for interesting yarns on sale too. Hard to resist and they are so much fun to use.

erin said...

I'm thinking Blackberry winter. Brr.

Hey, that's some haul! I can't wait to see what you're going to create!