Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Happy New Year! I am looking forward to 2010 being a completely different year than 2009. I haven’t been posting much, as my blog is supposed to be about weaving, and I haven’t done any. My main definition of my self is as a weaver, and in 2009, I only wove 10 yards. I was whining to a friend that I didn’t do anything creative all year, when she gently (such a sweet friend, I really needed a boot in the butt!) pointed out to me all the projects I did get completed, though they weren't woven.
Please be forewarned, Gently Reader, that the following posts will be my 2009 completed project redux, none of which have anything to do with weaving.

I am considering what to put on the loom next. Over the holidays, I was able to sell many scarves and shawls I had in inventory. I was grateful to move old inventory out of the studio, and even more grateful to have the cash. Now I have a dilemma: I am almost completely out of scarves and shawls that are my “bread and butter” products, so I should replace the stock. Or do I treat myself and allow myself to play with new fibers or patterns?

Here is what I’d like to play with…..

My daughter gifted me with this lovely alpaca yarn from Alpacas of Montana, a Bozeman alpaca farm. I have to do some research on weaving with alpaca. I am fairly sure this yarn was spun for knitting, so I will have to do some sampling to get everything right. I know I should sample, but a part of me does not want to waste an inch of precious yarn.


Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy,
Happy New Year. Unfortunately for me, you got more weaving done last year than I did. It seems that all I have done is knit socks. On the other hand (foot?), a drawer full of pairs of hand knit socks is kind of nice.

One of many goals is to rectify the weaving situation. For one thing, the Guild is working on a project for the booth at MAWS in Billings in June, and I have determined to take part in that. It has a potential to be a lot of fun, with everyone getting to choose their own medium - weaving, spinning, felting, basketry, under a unifying theme.

Your alpaca yarn is lovely. I haven't done anything with alpaca in some years, but that is another goal. Wendy Tyler of Black Wolf Alpacas near St. Ignatius is dyeing yarns from her own flock, and coming up with some beautiful, inspiring things. I need to get in touch with her again.

I have some wonderful hand-dyed tencel yarn that is waiting to become a couple of scarves, probably in 8-H twill blocks.

And Coby and I are starting up a study group next month with the Guild, teaching weaving gamps as learning tools. We have about 10 people who have indicated they would like to take part.

Right now all my looms are empty, not a pretty thought. Keep us all posted as to how your weaving - and other activities - go. I need your inspiration.


Bonnie said...

Something you might consider: When I make a sample, I always make a single scarf. Calling it a scarf makes it not seem like a sampling, and the results are so full of ideas for future weaving.