As I write this for posting in the morning, a raging fire is burning, again, in the area of Possum Kingdom Lake, a beautiful lake, amidst what we in Texas call mountains. This lake was a WPA project back in the Depression. 3,000 acres have already burned. It can’t be fought on the ground because it’s so fast-moving. They are using planes with buckets to get water from the lake to drop on it. Our trees look like it’s fall, which certainly doesn’t help, and the wind is blowing. Folks are being evacuated in boats because the roads are blocked. At least 25 houses have been burned. The good news? Our temps are supposed to be normal by the weekend. That means 95 or so. Wouldn’t it be nice if all the flooding and drought areas could be evened out?
The yarns above are familiar—maybe, as I’ve used this picture before. It may not look like it from the picture, but these yarns have a fairly good contrast from one color to the other. The story changes, though, in the weaving. Some colors have a lot of contrast, others run together.
When I weave, I have what I call my plan sheet. I try to actually put yarn samples and formulas. When the weaving is finished, I also try to remember to put the sheet in a plastic sleeve, along with a picture of the finished product. My plan sheet quite frequently has estimates for the amount of yarn needed for each color section—is there anything worse than running out of a color? If it’s a gradations piece, I actually write down the yarn groupings based on the number of colors I have. Then I know how many inches to weave of each color group. The plan sheet below has the yarns numbered and the diagram of the weaving is also numbered, so that I can keep up with which yarns go where, a problem with this design, especially in the center part. The colors meet themselves eventually, so it would be a small disaster if the wrong colors are used. That’s not the problem I’m having though. Since some of the colors are so similar, I can weave a half inch or so before I realize that, Whoops! Wrong color. So, today I have been thinking about how to avoid that in the future. Maybe plastic bags?