I have weaving homework due in September and October.
Time to get to work!
Here's my dining room when I'm deep in thought about a yarn purchase.
I'm buying yarn right now to make 24 lace samples by mid-September. I've chosen a draft. Now I need yarn.
My plan is to do the samples at the start of the warp (4 samples wide by 6 samples long), then weave 7 dish towels from the end of the warp. I can never have enough towels for my kitchen, and the kitchens of friends. I love giving towels as gifts!
While I'm at it, I've got a towel warp on my Toika that has veered off course from my original concept for the project. I'm still very happy with the project, but I need a different weft color.
I have a bit of a purple cottolin from Halcyon that will be perfect for this project. Their website makes cottolin seem a little confusing.
A quick phone call straightens me out. Halcyon will still carry the Swedish cottolin that I love, but as a special order.
They will also be sourcing a new cotolin from Canada that they can get more quickly.
Fortunately, the color I want is still in stock so there won't be a long wait for it.
For my lace samples and towels, I've played around a bit with the Homestead Cotton color card. I'm planning a warp with 3 colors, then will experiment with different colors in the weft.
I used crayons to design my general color scheme. I won't really know what I think until the yarn arrives.
Fortunately, it's $3.50 for a 600-yard mini-cone, so I can afford to buy some extra colors.
In October, I have homework in the Theo Moorman technique. We just have to make a finished project, rather than samples to share with the rest of the class.
I've decided to try to make a bag using yarn left from my First-Time-at-WEBS Scarves.
I'll use the bulky knitting yarns from that project as the inlay threads. I have a blended yarn for the thick yarn in the ground cloth. But I need to find a coordinating thin yarn for the ground cloth. That thin yarn will also tie down the inlay threads. (If I'm using this terminology incorrectly, please let me know! I don't want to lead people astray!)
Luckily, Halcyon has Pearl Cotton that should do nicely.
Now, I'll just add some soda ash for a future dyeing project, and some new color cards since my Yarn Store in a Box is a little out of date.
Hopefully the yarn will arrive in plenty of time for my fall deadlines! (Of course, both of my looms are occupied too.....so I need to get weaving!)
I know these projects probably don't make a lot of sense to you from this blog post. I will be blogging about each one as I work on it....so no worries! Soon you'll be tired of me giving details about lace or Theo Moorman technique I promise!!