Janet’s mother used to say that knitting was her therapy and cost less than a psychiatrist. We both agree with her and we have the added advantage of working together on most projects. Since we live together, it’s so easy exchange ideas. Last night, Janet handed me her current warp plan and asked my opinion.
We went downstairs to the studio together and checked out the options for a few additions together. It’s a great system that works well for us.
Our current focus is on weaving baby wraps. Janet and I are winding the warps together. Janet has helped me thread and beam the warp and she has worked on every part of the weaving process except actually throwing the shuttle and weaving. She leaves that to me. I have been weaving for 10 years now and find each warp, each project has its own thrill. I love watching the fabric form and thinking about its use and the things that inspired the warp stripes. It’s different for each warp and that’s what holds my interest. Even for 20 yards! or is it 20 meters? I’ll have to check my project sheet and make certain I’m following my own guidelines.
I am almost fanatical about writing everything down on paper. I’d love to convert to the computer and iWeaveIt is almost good enough for planning my projects. The project planner is still missing a few essentials. Hopefully, they will continue to improve this program. So, for now, I rely on the weaving calculator in Weavolution and my printer.
That’s the history of Lotsaknots and an introduction to our studio and weaving. I have many people to thank for teaching and encouraging me to be a good hand weaver. Sue Helmken was my first weaving teacher, Tom Knisely from The Mannings has been a teacher and a mentor, Marsha provided transportation and friendship to get me through the early stages. The list is very long and there are many weavers who has inspired me and have given me guidance. I am grateful to everyone of them.
Next blog post I will write more about our current projects and the hand made items on sale in our Etsy shop.