Weavers are Completely Warped

IMG_0518At least this one is. The little “doo – dad” arrived in the mail in record time and I was able to wind on. Ok, there were a couple of false starts on my part but this loom is sweet. My learning style is kind of “throw some yarn at it, and fine tune from there.” Weaving is going to challenge me to try to do it right the first time. Good, good discipline and so rewarding. The cloth I am making is no big whoop – it is a sampler of different weave structures. Currently the sampler doesn’t even look like this, as I have been using up leftover sock yarn to see what colour does with the ubiquitous blue.  This is proving to be very interesting as the yarn which has one certain effect when knitted seems to have a radically different effect when woven. Wonderful!

Honestly, I wish I had stumbled onto all of this when I was younger. There is not time in this lifetime to absorb all there is to know and create.

In a bit of a topic change, when hiking on our holiday we saw a lot of deadfall from the heavy snow and winds this winter. Over the course of the walks I was able to collect a bit of lichen. I am reluctant to disturb trees in this collecting business but there was  a lot on the ground and my technique was to “graze”. I don’t know the name of this one but as soon as we get a bit of sun I plan to do some solar dyeing with it.

IMG_0477If we ever get more than a day at a time of sun that is. One advantage to our south-facing deck is that while it gets too hot for humans to sit out there when it is sunny, all sorts of mad scientist experiments can occur.

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Oodles of this on the ground too. This makes a gorgeous deep yellow. This is one that is reputed to be mildly toxic, so again the plan is to solar dye. It worked well last year. I may add a modifier of some sort to see if the colour can be changed a bit.

There is always some project to do…

4 thoughts on “Weavers are Completely Warped

  1. mom April 22, 2013 / 4:05 pm

    I agree a little warped but oh so ambitious!!!! The warped parts come naturally, I know your family.

    • warpandwoofknitting April 23, 2013 / 3:43 am

      Hi Mom; Thanks for looking at my neat new loom! Isn’t she pretty? Yup, warped but in a good way.

  2. starproms April 22, 2013 / 4:20 pm

    You could keep those pictures of the lichen and use them in your weaving projects? You are very clever to have got as far as you have with it already. I think I’d need a few lessons with someone who knew what they were doing, first?

    • warpandwoofknitting April 23, 2013 / 3:45 am

      Thanks! I have had a bit of exposure to natural dyeing, but not enough to know much. But the experimenting is such fun and yes, I do hope to incorporate some of this into the weaving as it progresses. And there is little risk, other than making a mess and having to try again, that’s OK.

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