Rename this blog?

I think I am going to rename this:  My misfortunes with fiber!

I was winding the warp for my next weaving project and the yarn just kept on tangling. I was winding on two strands at a time, both because the warp is going to alternate between 1 black thread and 1 silver colored thread and because it’s supposed to be a faster way to wind the warp.  Unfortunately I was NOT working with the actual cone of yarn but a ball that had been wound off of that cone.

bamboo yarn


It’s hard to tell from the photo, but additional yarn was coming off the ball as I was unwinding it and the two strands were getting caught up in each other.  So I resorted to unwinding a bunch and then re-stacking it so that the thread I was winding onto the warping board fed from the top of the pile not the bottom.  That helped, but added considerably to the time it took to wind the warp.  Then I got this:

bamboo yarn

another tangle

And, this happened more than once.  Note that in the picture a strand of the black yarn is a bit tangled with the silver yarn (I know it looks blue in this picture, but trust me, it is silver).  Now, I don’t mind untangling yarn but it does slow down stuff.  This is bamboo yarn (yes, I do seem to be on a bamboo kick right now) and as you know from my previous posts, it’s slippery.  It seems to tangle easily too.

I had other problems with this yarn: a couple of knots (in the black, in case you thought just the silver was the problem) and a section (again in the black yarn) that was a bit frayed and I had to cut it out.

Then, of course, something that seems to be somewhat of a pattern for me, I did something incorrectly; in this case it was the cross.  I’m not too worried since I know I have to pull a black yarn and then a silver yarn to thread the loom.  I hope to get that done by end of day Saturday so that I can spend Sunday weaving!

Here is the warp waiting to be threaded onto the loom:

warp bamboo yarn

The warp

The finished project should look like this (just different colors):

handwoven magazine

The finished project

You’ll never believe this, but it’s going to be a shawl.  Not only am I in a bamboo rut, but I’m in a shawl rut as well.


About me

Fiber artist - knit, weave, and quilt. I am also getting back into garment sewing. I have started to dye my own yarn and I'm learning to spin.
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