I went shopping at my friend Robin Edmundson's etsy shop. I love her colors for cotton roving and finally decided to buy a color I've been eyeing for months! While looking around, I discovered she had yarn grab bags for sale as well and you chose them by color family: "bright cool", "bright warm", "earthy cool", "earthy warm". I don't know about you, but there are times when I want to choose every last color in a piece and other times when I just want someone to fill my bag with pretty crayons and let me play (without having to think about which crayons got put in the bag!). So, I purchased a "bright warm" grab bag.
This is what I have left after winding a warp. There are two fine cotton boucle yarns (~24wpi), one cotton with a binder (~24 wpi), a rayon boucle (~22 wpi), and a nylon ribbon. They are lovely yarns! I have woven with the fine cotton boucle before when I won one of Robin's give-aways a year ago. The trick with this group of yarns was how to use them in my color-limited way and have them look fun, nice, and well, awesome ('cause the colors are beautiful!).
So here's what I found: Celeste Pryde has an article in the March/April 2000 issue of Handwoven magazine where she discusses weaving a Bronson Lace "log cabin" with multiple colors. She uses silks instead of cottons, but the color use is fascinating! She winds mini-warp bundles--enough ends for one of her two lace blocks (24 ends in this case)--and each mini-warp has two contrasting yarns. The contrast can be color, texture, value...or even no contrast! For a 28" wide piece she wound ~17 of these mini-warps.
So, I'm going to try it. I had already played around with some of my 10/2 cotton yarns, looking to find similar color combinations as this grab bag from Robin. I pulled out all the yarns. I made yarn pairs--most of them were contrasts of color and texture--and I wound 9 mini-warp bundles and hung them over a cupboard door.
Here they are. I've been moving them around and taking photos of them. I knew I wouldn't be able to remember which order I liked if I didn't document them somehow! I pulled my husband into the project and he suggested one of these orders and I really like it.