Warping My Perspective on Stash
I've had a little 15" rigid heddle loom for a couple of years now. I've made a handful of scarves, a table runner, and a few swatches. I love having it around, even if I don't use it as often as I might. It's like a universal stash insurance policy! When buying single skeins, I find myself thinking, "If I can't find anything to knit with this, I can always weave it up into a scarf..." While it has been great for that purpose, yesterday I saw my rigid heddle loom in a whole new light...
I got an itch to weave something random and stripy. I'm planning on using the cloth to make pillow covers, but really that's just an excuse to play with the loom. I dug around in the stash and got out all the tiny tiny balls of leftover worsted weight. See, I can't bring myself to throw yarn away, even if there's just a few yards of it. But then what do you do with it? I kept telling myself that it was for accents and colorwork, but honestly, it was just taking up space in the closet.
So far I've busted 14 tiny balls, and I've barely started weaving! I'm really working hard at letting go of my perfectionist, control freak tendencies and just going with the flow. I've got a bag of things I'd like to use in the weft, and when one runs out, I'm using whatever I grab next (with veto power...I'm still me, after all).
It'll be interesting to see what the cloth looks like when it's finished. And even if it's a disaster...this is all yarn that has already fulfilled its destiny. This is like the bonus cookie you get when you reroll all the scraps, the stew made from everything in the fridge that was about to go bad, the excellent compost for the garden made from months of kitchen waste. I can't wait to see what's next!
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