It’s Sunday afternoon, and I’m winding yarn from skeins into balls. The skeins are smaller than normal, and they fit perfectly on the back of the computer chair, so I sit on a stool and unwind, both literally and figuratively.
Outside it’s raining and I can see the trees moving in the wind; but inside the house, Mr Platypus has picked up his guitar and is ‘doodling’. It makes for some lovely background sound. He often picks up the guitar and plays a few songs. Sometimes he’ll play something familiar, sometimes a tune I have never heard before, and other times, like today, he will just play for half an hour or more without stopping; trying different chord combinations, changing the rythym, changing the speed, jumping from bottle-slide, to bending the strings to basic strumming. I feel blessed to be exposed to music like this on a regular basis.
I’m winding these balls for a project -of course! Creativity in the Platypus house starts with me thinking of a project, then making a mess. Sometimes it doesn’t get much further than that!
Recently, I purchased an Inkle Loom. Warping the loom was really such fun and the end result so pretty that I didn’t want to ruin it by actually weaving.
It seems that I was right. The weft would not co-operate. I couldn’t get the sides neat. Holding the last warp thread worked well for the right hand side, but not the left.
The original plan was to make a strap for Mr Platypus’ acoustic guitar, but I was not going to present him with the lopsided effort above.
So I got some different yarn, which is not quite so soft and fuzzy. (To all the weavers out there, I know that a sloppy edge is nothing at all to do with the yarn, and everything to do with the weaver, but I do like to imagine that I can invent a never-fail technique).
I added a bit more twist and then dyed the yarn red, yellow, orange and green. I will admit that it looks a bit like regurgitated pizza, but I am hopeful it will weave beautifully with the extra twist.
If not, then that will require a different project on another Sunday, and another tune.
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