What to do with thrums? This has bothered me ever since I started weaving! Lots of quite short warp threads, often in many different colors. For some years I have given all my loom waste to a kindergarten. They are happy to get hold of free crafts material and kids use the threads to make hair on dolls and other figures, or they use the thrums for braiding.
But these thrums were too good to become doll hair! They are leftovers from my folk art project and from the blankets I wove with yarn from old Norwegian sheep, spun at Selbu mini mill. They were quite long as well, as they were leftovers from blankets, 120 cm in the loom and 240 cm after cutting down (because the warp goes around the stick at the back of the loom). It is yarn from the same sheep race as in my previous post, but of course much thinner.
I decided thereover to try to knit a sweater, which I plan to use it for hiking and outdoors activities. I started out with 550 grams of loom waste in three different natural colors: a tiny bit of brown and lots of dark brown and light grey. Therefore I decided to make a try for a bottom-up seamless sweater with a round yoke, in case I will run out of yarn towards the end. If this happens, I am able to finish the sweater using another kind of yarn, or buying more of the same yarn.
Of course there are lots of loose ends on the reverse! When one thread ends, I just overlap it with the new one and knit with double yarn for some stitches. But the short ends on the reverse side I will just let hang there. it won’t bother me, I am sure they will provide me with extra warmth. At the moment I have finished both arms and I am knitting along on the body. I am not sure if I have enough thrums to finish it. What do you think?