I routinely moan about the size of my stash. Admittedly it's much too large - I have way too much yarn. My goal in life is to weave it down.
That said, having a large stash with lots and lots of colours allows me to play/experiments with combining colours.
This warp isn't particularly innovative but that's because I was running low on options. In the end I opted for an almost monochromatic 'background' to set off the brighter variegated cotton - which is the yarn I'm trying hard to use up!
The weft for this warp will be a dark value blue which should set the centre variegated stripe off nicely. Here is the first half of the warp wound:
As a production weaver I have settled on a 'standard' set of yarns that I use repeatedly, in many different ways.
Cotton and rayons comprise my most commonly used yarns. At this time.
I also have a large set of teaching yarns that I use for my workshops. But since I have decided to 'retire' from most teaching (other than the Olds master weaving program and the occasional foray into conferences) I now also need to use those yarns up.
Yesterday all my inventory was taken out of its packing boxes so I can see what I have. Once I get home from my teaching marathon in June I will assess what I have - and what I need for the fall sales.
Since I seem to have rather a lot of tea towels/kitchen utility towels - especially once this series has been finished, finished, I will probably have a 'sale' on my Circle Craft website store beginning in July some time.
So far I have nine warps either wound, pulled or planned, with a tenth likely. With 10 towels per warp, that means another 100 or so towels will be coming off the loom very soon.
I also have about 27 yards left on the AVL which needs to be woven before I can contemplate making a warp of table runners. These will be cotton warp and linen weft - in order to use up some of that teaching stash I was talking about above.
At some point I need to make shawls, too, but I will be away for three weeks in September, probably a couple of weeks in October, and then the craft fair begins, so I am going to have to really get a move on if I'm to meet my goals for the fall sales.
But it all begins with a stash ready to hand that I can go to and work from. So even though I may have SABLE (Stash Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy), it's not always a bad thing!