Posted by Peg in South Carolina
I love to spin. I do not get a lot of chances to do it, but when I can, I do. I rarely spin for a particular project. I spin because I have found some fiber I love. The result of this is that I generally purchase only 4 ounces of any given fiber and the result of that is that I never have a lot of yardage of any one particular fiber.
Spinning this way has never bothered me. Spinning, for me, is simply an indulgence.
A piece in the latest Spin-off magazine* about using small amounts of fiber in hand knitting projects got me started thinking. What about modular knitting? I could design a modular knit afghan, not unlike the one I knit for our grandson when he was born.
And then I thought about weaving a patchwork afghan. But when I thought about sewing the pieces together, I balked. So I thought about weaving long strips. Still didn’t like the idea of sewing strips together.
So, what about putting on a warp with narrow or broad stripes of the different handspun yarn and then weaving with those to create small or large checks. And what about doing it double width. Voila. The germ of an idea finally arrived.
*The essay is by Ingrid Brundin and is called “Making Shells—Using up small bits of handspun with modular knitting.”
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