Mom’s friend Jeanne, a long time weaver, recently moved to a smaller place and wanted to downsize. For her, this meant divesting herself of years of collected yarn. Mom said that I would take whatever yarn Jeanne wanted to get rid of. She was right, I would, and did, and am truly grateful. Some of it is that kind of yarn that seems too good to use. Some of it was the earlier-mentioned Monte Tate yarn. Some of it was yarn I used in another rug (the red and buff color). I think Jeanne had a good sense of color. A lot of the yarn is blends of sophisticated color combinations. Two bundles caught my attention. They appeared to be hand-dyed, not sure if she dyed them herself. But not only that, they appeared to be tie-dyed in these dark greens, olives, and golds. Originally I was going to use them together in one big mash-up, but on Mrs. Daylight’s suggestion, I opted instead for two separate rugs that each featured the yarn.
First is done, and working on the second. I ended up with something I didn’t expect. Unexpected doesn’t mean I don’t love it. I do. I especially like how the design changes from side to side in a way I could never achieve with traditional one-color yarn.
As I am always in search of a better way to start the fringes, I came up with a new way of gathering together the strands that I can do fairly quickly and consistently. I think it looks particularly cool with the double strands of warp.
So, thank you, Jeanne. Thank you for your generosity and your keen color sense.