Sometime ago (late 2007), when I first decided to try weaving, I got very excited and jumped online and purchased several cones of yarn. I had no idea about yarn count and so what I thought I was getting was totally different from what I actually got. The end result is that I have lots of cones of yarn that I have no idea what to do with.
The brown on the right has a count of 75/1 (100% lambswool woolen spun)
The natural beige in the middle is 120/2 (I have no idea about any other info any more except that it’s wool)
The blue is 2/18 (lamb/angora/ny/cashmere blend)
Then we have the purple 2/28 (again I’m lost as to what the wool composition is for this one)
Olive green 110/2 (100% Merino worsted)
and finally (not in photo) Black 80/2 (once more that’s all I know of it).
I purchased all those thinking that they would all be “2 ply” yarns (except the brown), all the same thickness etc, just like if I went into the craft shop and bought balls of “4 play” knitting yarn. I had no idea about count and how dramatic an effect on the size of the yarn that would be. These yarns aren’t the strongest either for the most part. I recall thinking that the olive green would be really strong because it’s used in military uniforms, it snaps under the slightest tension of single strands. I think I read somewhere that if a piece of yarn, when stretched makes a “thunk” rather then a “ping” sound, it shouldn’t be used as warp, these go “thunk”.
Now the point of this post is that I really want to use these yarns. I want to justify their purchase and create something with them, I just have no idea what or how. Should I give up trying to use them as warp due to being sort of fragile or should I use double strands? If I used something else for the warp, what would I use?
If any fellow weavers out there have any brilliant ideas, please please please let me know.