Friday, November 30, 2018

Waste Not, Want Not

Since I tend to tie on to a warp twice for a total of three unique color ways, I’m left with back beam thrums of around one yard in length. It isn’t much more work to tie those long bits together into continuous threads.

These are a few spool knitters from my collection.
The little red one in front is the first one I bought as a child.
At first I used my little spool knitters with knotted thrums to create long tubes to use as thick weft in my Rep weaves. Those cords made very nice rugs, runners and placemats. But after a while the slowness of the knitting process grew tiresome and my hands grew tired, too.

Then I discovered I-Cord, a far quicker method of making the same knit tube. With short double-pointed needles I knit to the row end and without turning the work slide the stitches across the needle, pull the working yarn around behind and continue knitting. This is a huge improvement over spool knitting. It is lots quicker and isn't nearly as hard on my hands.

It's far easier to create cords from knotted Thrums with the I-Cord method.
These cords are knit from knotted 8/4 Cotton Carpet Warp Thrums.

Knitting yards and yards of multi-colored cord, I realized I was creating another version of variegated yarn. Have I mentioned my strong attraction to color? Ha!

My loved one is still very ill and we spend many long hours at various doctors’ offices and treatment centers. By the end of the year we should see a reprieve and hope for an improvement. Time will tell. In the meantime we are happy for every new dawn.

I am behind on photographing my work but promise to get around to it and to write again sooner rather than later.

Warp On/Weave Off,

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Remember Spool Knitting?

Sewing thread no longer comes on wooden spools and that’s too bad. Here you see my wooden spool collection. I treasure these, a remnant from my childhood.

My wooden spool collection, two with nails added for knitting

As a little girl I learned to knit using a spool. My dad pounded nails into the top for me. Then with bits and pieces of yarn, mostly of inexpensive acrylic, I spent many happy hours producing long, usually colorful knit tubing. (Variegated yarn was my favorite even back then.) It did not matter that I had no idea how to use these in any particular way. The making of them was what mattered to me.

Did you do the same? What did you do with the knitted cord?

Warp On/Weave Off,


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Thrums Away?

8/4 Cotton Carpet Warp Thrums

Weave it and they will come. "They" are the unavoidable waste at the beginning and end of each warp.

What's to be done with thrums? What do you do with your thrums? Do you toss them away?

Upon learning to weave I was told to save my thrums. No reason was given. I tend to follow directions so with only the rare exception I blindly followed this advice, not knowing the whys or the wherefores of it.

Over the years my thrum collection has grown to fill entire bins. Thrums make good choke ties but my supply far outstrips that need. Uses for them had indeed been few  until recently.

Warp On/Weave Off,