Woven Yesterday: 4"
Total Woven To Date: 1 yd 6.5"
I love to spin. Spinning is probably the most relaxing therapeutic fiber thing I do. Last year I wove a shawl and later a scarf with some fiber I had spun. Having heard all the negative problems about warping with handspun, I was terrified. I had spun the fiber for both articles woolen style and quite softly. I did ply it. I imagined warp ends breaking all over the place.I tied them on to a dummy warps so as not to waste any of this precious stuff. And then I wove. There was no breakage in either warp whatsoever. But the most amazing thing were the woven pieces themselves. After washing and pressing, they were incredibly soft. I was hooked on weaving with handspun.
What I especially enjoyed about weaving with this stuff is the total contrast with what I do with fine silks. In fact, the stuff wove so quickly I wanted to cry. The loom just seemed to inhale the yarn. Sob.
The problem is, I really don't like spinning yards and yards and yards of the same color. Another problem is that I live in South Carolina. Ahh, but I have a daughter and a son, one living in the wilds of Manhattan, the other in the true wilds of Idaho. Scarves! And I could do them in color and weave effects as well. That would mean spinning two or even three colors.
So I have finally figured out a reason (excuse?!) to spin. At the rate I weave my silk, and at the rate I spin, however, my children will be lucky to get one scarf a year. I doubt that they will be overwhelmed with scarves. But I foresee a lot of fun for myself.