Officially 40

The party started, as many parties do, the night before with the baking and toasting of a boatload of biscotti.  The flavors pictured here are (from left to right): Decadance (hazelnuts, dark chocolate, Grand Marnier), Lemon, Mocha (coffee and dark chocolate), and Ginger-Lime.

A lot-ty biscotti


We packed up the car with yarn, and a warping board and trekked down to Weaving Works.  (A big thanks to the folks at Weaving Works for playing host.  Having a central location, with many warping boards to hand, was a huge help.)

We poured out all the yarn that had come in, and made a big pile on the table. (Note the note book in the upper left.  I’ve kept a snippet of each yarn that came in, as well as any cards or ephemera.)

Big pile o yarn


Marilyn Marilyn was the first to arrive.  She brought yarn spun from the fluff of Tupungato (her llama) and Kitsap (her Angora rabbit.)

I hadn’t had time to wind all the skeins into balls before the party, so the first things folks did was wind balls.  (And with so many wee little skeins, I was glad of the help!)

Marilyn got Kai involved with ball winding.

Kai and Marilyn


Judith taught Eric (my husband) how to use a ball winder.

Judith teaches Eric

Eric winding balls He got pretty good!

(If the fans of his HALO books ever find this post, his macho image will be totally busted.)

More folks showed up, and brought yarn…the pile grew. Purple yarn


We had an abundance of adorable children on the scene.  This is Marielle, the daughter of my friends Elizabeth and Steve.
These adorable little girls sang me “Happy Birthday” and melted my heart.
Elizabeth Here’s Elizabeth, Mari’s mom.  I know her from the writing world, and thought she was pretty game to come to a weaving party.  But turns out, she had a backstrap loom when she was 15.  Weavers, we’re everywhere, who knew?

Julie and Selah got comfortable.  Everyone was having a great time, sharing stories.


Laura Fry showed up in the middle of the party, via fax!  (She faxed a fun poem that we read out loud at the event.  Betcha didn’t know she was a poet, too!)


Bonnie showed us an elegant low-tech way to wind balls.

Winding balls

Actually, a lot of tips and tricks were shared throughout the day.  Weavers, because of the bulkiness of our gear, rarely get together and weave.  Which is a darn shame, because everyone’s got little refinements they’ve come up with and there’s so much we could learn from each other!


We did get all the yarn wound up, and then started to warp.  The more experienced weavers in the room had some serious reservations about mixing so many fibers together (including cotton and wool, with their different stretchiness.)  And they are entirely correct.  This project is varsity-level weaving, and may require much in the way of MacGyverisms.  So, like turning 40, this warp will be an adventure.  And I’ve got some ideas/strategies that I hope will help.


And of course, before the party ends, there must be cake!


Next post, pictures of some richly varied and colorful warp chains, and a discussion about what makes a good warp yarn.

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