is that these squared off weave structures allow weird mixes of yarns
to become balanced lengths of cloth.
I've been dreaming of thick tweedy fabric--
something spongy but light,
sturdy but... well, I'm not quite sure of all the characteristics I'm after,
but I'll know it when I see it. And feel it.
Actually, I don't even know what I want to do with said cloth,
other than find out what I'm after.
But they only way to learn
is to start
because pictures on the internet just don't cut it,.
To that end, I've been grabbing dibs and dabs of leftover yarn from my stash,
filling a couple of gaps with the odd skein from The Yarn Underground (four blocks from my house),
spinning a bit,
and weaving them all together.
how readily the backstrap loom accommodates the hodgepodge--
quick to warp and easy to set up and put away,
it allows me, as part of that loom, to subtly shift the warp tension with my hips
to allow for different weft needs.
All in all, it's a lovely, low stakes way to mess around.
I get to ditch a few prejudices and internal rules I didn't know I had:
things like combining hand and mill spun yarn in one piece of cloth. (I know. Horrors!!!!),
and is also good practice in noticing what I like,
which is not always (indeed, it is rarely),
what I think I'm going to like:
the Backstrap Loom itself, for instance,
and mill spun yarn.
Hmmm... is there a pattern here?
But they also spark my nerve endings to moments of design possibility,
and I think that is a good thing.
We all need a few new ingredients, now and again,
at least I do:
ideas, people, techniques, tomato varieties.
I'm in full on travel angst/freakout mode because I'm heading off next week and
have no idea what I'm going to pack -- knitting and spinning and concertina and sketchbook and a change of undies? Or skip the change of undies but add two or three of these houndstooth scarf-like sample thingies in case there is a blizzard...
I do, however, know that I will be closing my Etsy shop for about three weeks,
so if you planned to get Backstrap Dialogues or How to Weave a Bag on a Box in that time, best to do it before Friday.
No worries though -- I should be back up and running by the second week of October!
Not sure if I'll be able to blog or not --
Guess we'll have to wait and see...