Work What You’ve Got

I have no shortage of fibre goodies. Some may say I have too much. Pfft! Like that’s a thing. Even if you have more than enough, sometimes you just need to put a different material in your hands.

Lately, I’ve had the dilemma of where to store all my yarns. I could go out and buy baskets or materials to make baskets, but why bother when I know I’ve already got tonnes of stuff spilling out of my shelves and closets.IMG_20170510_145432.jpg

I decided to try my hand at plarn. Yes, plarn. Or plastic yarn. Or plastic grocery bags cut up and looped together into a long chain that can be used like yarn. This material has been used to make and supply water resistant sleeping mats for the homeless. I wasn’t feeling so philanthropic and my efforts were entirely selfish.

It was an interesting experiment in patience, materials, and trial and error. The end results, though, were pleasing. I thought the finished product would be more stiff and scratchy, but for plastic, it’s surprisingly soft and springy. I didn’t count, but I estimate that this one basket used about fifty bags. Thought the bags were all taupe, the variation in tone added an interesting effect in the final outcome.
Whether I make another attempt is yet to be seen, but now I have one more storage basket for my yarn!

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My Favourite Part

I just pulled a piece of the loom I wasn’t thrilled with. In fact, it took me four whole days to get up the motivation to finish. I’ve learned though, that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t, either. I’m sure I’ll find someone to love it for me.

But now that that is done with, I can move on to other things. Like my favourite part—throwing a bunch of yarn into a pile on the floor.

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I go through bags, bins, boxes, and baskets looking for bits and pieces that may or may not go well together. I arrange and rearrange in my pile until I’m satisfied with the over all look and feel. It’s all about colour and texture. Since most handwoven items are hand wash only to begin with, I’m not very concerned about mixing different types of fibres. (Anyone who wants to put one of my finished pieces in a washing machine doesn’t deserve to have one.)

So now I’m off to the warping mill and then the loom. Only time will tell if my pile has paid off.