Monday, November 30, 2009

Silver Linings

Now, isn't that a sight to make your heart go 'pitty-pat' ? This parcel arrived just ahead of the weekend. Now I must add that this isn't all mine (unfortunately). This is a two weaver order from Yarns Plus. They sell tencel and chenille: some custom colourways in both and solid shades.

The Christmas sale at the gallery has gone well for me. I arrived there Saturday afternoon to work my shift to see two of my snowflake runners going to a new home and later the same day, the white lace shawl and two scarves were gone too. So not much will be coming home when it wraps up next Thursday.

Based on the previous sale of the 'Ode to Inge' shawl, I decided to splurge and buy some tencel and flesh out my colour range and get some of the other choices on their sample cards. Tencel takes dye so well and has such good depth of shade....its easy to love when you are wanting to put more colour into your weaving! Their rayon chenille is also beautiful and just as colourful and my friend is wanting to start her stash enhancement by getting some of both. Below is an overview of her yarns with both tencel and chenille:

Then the close up, featuring the colours terra cotta and cashmere chenille out in front, iris and royal in behind. I didn't get any chenille myself as I have a large selection. I haven't been inspired to weave chenille lately but handling these yummy cones may have done the trick.

Now here are my cones of 2/8 tencel and it would appear that I have been avoiding the blue end of the colour cards. Mauve and mineral green are in the front, with aqua and coral on the left hand side. Ngaire recently did a lovely project using the coral colour and I was quite impressed so add it to my order. At the far right is 2/10 in black. Don, at Yarns Plus, says that they are going out of the 2/10 yarn size ( all colours, including white and black) due to supply and dye concerns. Such a shame as I much prefer this size of yarn. The cloth is just as lovely but has a finer hand and not as much weight. I'll have to make sure that what ever the project is for my 2/10 is extra special.

I'm going to be able to do some great colour gradations now and more of the iridescent effects!

You could look at these all day and never get tired, only inspired! I did a post a few months ago about using colour cards and ordering yarns. Well, when I ordered my yarns I took a minute to inquire about what had been discontinued and what was new. I made the changes to my existing cards and had new chenille colour cards sent along so I'm up to date. Now with most companies, there is a small charge for these but sometimes when they come along with a big order, they are gifted...which is pretty darn nice! If you have weaving friends, why not try a group order from your favourite yarns store? You can share the postage costs and if they have a magic dollar level where you can then get the wholesale rate, then the savings really kick in! I know that at least three or four of the companies I like to order from do just that. Hard for one person to spend that much at once ( okay, maybe not... its the paying part that's tough!) but several weavers ordering makes it possible.

So it hasn't been all doom and gloom here. The waters are receding and the creek is back in its banks. It has been unseasonably warm and I went grocery shopping yesterday in shirt sleeves. I have only 2 gifts left to get and I'm done with Christmas shopping! In fact I may get more weaving done pre-Christmas than I have ever done before. Now, wouldn't that be sweet? ! It's a good thing too as my inventory box is almost empty. Now that's a problem I don't mind having......


Restless Knitter said...

I love tencel. I recently bought 4 of the same colors you have, coral, olive, black, and one of the blues. I can't wait to play with them, just have to get a few other things done first.

Lynnette said...

What a lovely pre Christmas present to yourself! I can't wait to see what wonderful ideas you come up with to use the tencel. Congrats on the wonderful results of the sale! So happy for you.

Delighted Hands said...

I have used the tencel for knitting but this makes me want to splurge with the weaving, too. Nice posting!

Theresa said...

Isn't it nice to be almost done shopping rather than just starting? The downside, at least for me is I usually spend more adding that one more thing I saw that would be perfect for.....
Can hardly wait to see what you come up with for all that lovely tencel and chenille.

Life Looms Large said...

Congratulations on selling so much at your guild sale! That's great! (Of course, you do such beautiful work that it's not at all surprising....but it's cool to think about your pieces going out into the world with new owners!)

That's a very inspiring yarn purchase!! The feel and drape of tencel are beautiful - plus the colors! I might have to try it sooner rather than later!

Glad that things are calming down water-wise and weather-wise there. I'm impressed at your pre-Christmas weaving resolve. I'm not doing anything with a deadline, although I just started a project that I hope will be ready really soon for holiday giving.

Enjoy your yarn!!


charlotte said...

The tencel has such a beautiful luster! I've been cheking with yarn companies around here, and I couldn't manage to find it. I got a yarn parcel today as well, but it's knitting yarn to be used for garments customers have ordered.
I'm glad to here that your sale went so well!