Just what I needed. Weaving has given me the opportunity to start a yarn stash as well as a fabric stash.
The Victorian Handweavers and Spinners Guild had their biannual (I think) yarn sale last weekend. I went along and brought home a couple of cones of yarn for warps (one pure wool, one a blend), an unwanted chain of cotton warp for a rag rug and some soft and blue knitting wool for a scarf weft. It was all extremely well priced so I felt I could take some risks. A friendly shopper next to me passed on a couple of tips on what not to buy, as did the lady who took my money.
What not to buy is cones of light coloured wool that have dirt or stains on top. I was told the marks often won’t wash out. I see it in the same terms as not eating the yellow snow. [Frank Zappa had something to teach us all.]In weaving class we’re using Bendigo Woollen Mills 3-ply for our warps. I was one of the last to pick from the yarns available to the class and I ended up with some blue, some pink and some white. These would not have been my first choices but as this is just a learning piece it probably won’t matter that it’s ugly. In fact it probably would have been ugly with or without more appealing warp colours. It’s my first weaving project after all.
My class loom isn’t fully dressed yet. That should happen next week and I expect it will be hard work to get that done. After that I’m looking forward to seeing what can be accomplished with a four shaft loom. At home I’ll be practising using my two shaft loom. The working yarn blog has given me some inspiration about the possibilities.