So I had some of my own Gulf Coast sheep’s wool washed and sent to a fiber mill to be spun into yarn. Some is a larger size for crochet and some a thinner for weaving. Ok, any guesses that I don’t deal with the terminology well for yarn sizes outside of the normal weaving sizes. The terms for crochet and knit don’t make any sense to me so they don’t stick in this brain. But anyway, I received skeins and cones back. So have started using it.
So I started with beginning a crochet top from AUSTINtatious Crochet. This book has crochet projects that are inspired by Jane Austin and the Regency period. Below, I finally got smart and took the skeins to my work room and wound balls with the ball winder to make it easier. But you can guess that my first skein and ball was a bit of a mess till I hit on a way to wind it off my water and arm.
I have the front of that top half done. Fairly close to what it is suppose to look like. Yep, I’m making it so it isn’t perfect by any stretch of one’s imagination.
But then I decided to weave some on the table loom. I have a disclaimer here. I haven’t woven anything that wasn’t sectional warping in at least five and half years as my table loom was in parts when we got it after the move. After so much time, I finally looked at it. It wasn’t as bad as it looked and now is one complete machine again. Alas, that wasn’t the end of the troubles of this project.
Did I mention it has been awhile since I have warped anything not sectional? I thought it would be simple to do, but being me, it became complicated.
I also picked a not so simple warp for relearning front to back. So again, what one saw in this room in this process would have driven real weavers insane. If not crawling to their own sweet rooms and petting their looms and promising to never have such confusion touch them. Ha!
But let’s back up a bit. I have had a copy of a modified log cabin pattern floating around for ages. I love log cabin and this one I’ve wanted to try for too long to not decide to start it with this project. For good or bad.
So I wound some warp and then dyed it so I could have my two colors. In the end, remember this was me doing this, the yarn ended up space dyed. Ok, we can still work with this. But I did forget to wind enough for the weft as well. I was in a just warp mindset and so got the warp all set, but now must pause in this whole process to dye some weft and hopefully get it similar to the first dye. Oh, yeah, any bets that is going to happen?
But now to warp the loom that I forgot I can’t do in the manner of a sectional. But hey, we will still probably make a mess of it anyway – so onward. I took my two colors and threaded the reed and heddles with the two colors coming from their own batches. Intertwining, I imagined the mess that was being created that would take forever to wind on – and that only if I didn’t end up cutting it short in a tangled mess. But, thankfully, this is only 8 epi (ends per inch), so not a detailed hundreds of threads to work with.
Amazingly what you see above didn’t end up such the crazy time consuming mess that I imagined. All those threads made it to where I sent them, and I managed to get the whole warp wound on without cutting anything, pulling anything too much, or any massive tight tangles. Happy dance! If you can’t guess, no one will be asking me to teach any one how to warp a table loom any time soon, but I can get it done when everything is all wrong. I might add it is only about 5 yards long. Happy sight from the top with it all ready to start weaving – hopefully. There were only two crossed threads. The rest was all in order. Another Happy Dance time!
So today I started weaving. It is working! It is a bit springy but we are able to work with that. It is an odd log cabin pattern with its space dyed yarn. Can I convince anyone that I did that on purpose? Or should I just tell people that no matter what, something can be created out of anything. You can play with the pattern with your eye as it isn’t quite obvious.
So now to go dye some more yarn. Hmmm… If you looked close at two pictures above, you will notice what I did not in the moment – the reason that this ended up space dyed. One of those after thoughts of – good grief, you should know better. But I need to do it again. So maybe the woven bit above is just the practice run as the rest will be too different. Or it will all blend together. So more to experiment with. I’m liking it and hope that it will come out well in the end, and that I will be able to create out of it what I thought in the beginning. Or once again manage to make it work in some way.