Posted by Peg in South Carolina
Here is one of my pirns sitting in a Bluster Bay shuttle. Look closely at the yarn on the pirn. Can you see the problem? Towards the front there is a visible knot. And the thread that is coming from the pirn—the thread that is going to be woven into the warp—is caught around it.
Every time the yarn goes around that pirn as I pull the thread out, it catches on that knot. And stops in its tracks. So I have to stop and pull it off the knot. As soon as the part of the yarn with the knot comes off, the problem is gone.
On the other pirn there are multiple knots….
Not a fun way to weave, but the warp is narrow and the weaving is time consuming anyway. But were I weaving something like a straight twill with only one shuttle, this issue would prove maddening. Indeed, when winding the pirns I would stop when I came to a knot and either throw out what I had wound and stop again if there were not very much. Or, if there was quite a bit on, I would start a new pirn.