I guess I need to tell you what I'm talking about. I hope you'll understand. Like all addictions, you start out with the softer stuff, but it so often leads on to something harder. Well, yarn addiction is no different. You start with knitting, or maybe crochet. You might join Ravelry. 'I can handle it' you say to yourself, but then you find you want to knit and crochet. Before you know it you suddenly want to dye or spin your own yarn, or maybe even... weave.
Yep, that's my little confession. My name is Sandra and I'm a Weaver!
Eventually, after a whole year of looking, thinking, learning and browsing I finally took the plunge and brought myself a loom. A Kromski Rigid Heddle 16" Loom to be precise. I'm not sure why it took me so long really. Partly I guess because it takes a little while to get the hang of the lingo. Warp, weft, heddles, sheds and shuttles were like a secret code to be decrypted at first. There's also the fact that there's no substitute for a 'hands on' type start to a craft. I was introduced to knitting in 'the flesh' by my Nan and family. Excellent for getting advice on where to start, what equipment you need and don't really need to get going. Not so easy with a more 'niche' craft. Luckily for me there are some very nice people lurking around the internet, especially on Ravelry and they were able to help me take my first, faltering steps into the mysterious world of weaving.
My first project was just an experimental practise run really and so I just used any old spare yarn I had lying around. But it went well and I even got my 'selvages' (as us weaving people call 'edges') reasonably nice and tidy - not an easy task for the newbie!
Then I didn't weave again for quite a while. But I had the idea recently of making a messenger bag from a woven fabric, so I selected some yarn (which looked absolutely fine together before I put it on the loom - promise!) and ended up with this.
I've called this project 'Taste Fail' but some kind people on Ravelry have said they rather like it so maybe it's not the utter disaster I thought it to be. I still haven't made it into a bag yet though. I'm not sure, in all honesty that I ever will.
Finally, this is my latest project.
I brought this yarn (Wendy Fusion in Aniseed - I think it's discontinued now) ages ago and it sat in my stash because although I love the colours I didn't know what to do with it. As mentioned before on this blog, I have some 'issues' with varigated yarns sometimes, but for weaving, I love it. It took me a long time to think of it, but I decided to weave it up and it worked a treat. I love how this one turned out.
So there you are. Now you know my little secret!