Posted by Peg in South Carolina
When I wind a bout on the warping board, I put in a counting yarn at the cross. With this particular warp I count off 20, 20 and 12 because there are 52 ends in a bout.
More than halfway through, I realized how silly this is. I don’t need three groups in each bout; I only need two. How much more sense it would be to wind 24 in one group and 28 in the other!
Or would it? When I warp two ends at a time, it has been my habit to wind 20 in a segment of a bout, with the last segment generally being a smaller number, say 8 or 16. Developing habits is very important as they help reduce errors.
So I think what I could have done was to count off 20 and then 32. Then, the problem is that I might more easily make a mistake with 32 than with 20, if only for the reason that I am winding more ends before I stop. But it would certainly be more efficient to have to twist the tie cross only once and then tie it.
As for tying off 52 without a counting cross. No. I would absolutely have to double-check each bout and that would use up the time I would have saved by getting rid of the counting cross.
A GLITCH IN WARP WINDING
As for winding the warp, I have been momentarily derailed. I did not have enough of one of the colors. Since I didn’t want to dye just one skein, I have been working out more dye colors and winding more skeins. It looks like this time i might be able to dye seven skeins in one go. They are small skeins………..