Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Winter Weaving

People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.

Rogers Hornsby

Back in 2009 most of the Durham Bulls promotional gear was Tampa Bay Rays-themed. We happened to have two Diamond Club memberships that year and we ended up with a lot of Rays t-shirts.

In 2010 the emphasis went back to the Bulls. As a result, we ended up with more t-shirts than we would ever wear.

It's winter. Time to indulge my other obsession.

First, take a bunch of those Rays t-shirts.

Then cut them up to strips.

After that, get some very strong cotton yarn in baseball-ish colors and string up my loom.

Then start weaving the strips of t-shirts into the red and white yarn.

A few days later, cut it off and here you are with a Tampa Bay Rays/Durham Bulls placemat. Suitable for fine dining, or maybe just a hot dog.


Winter isn't over, so we'll have to find a few more projects to get us to spring.

In the meantime:

Happy Holidays!


  1. I have been out of town, so I have missed a few posts. But, I have to say that this is really fantastic.

  2. Thanks. Weaving is what I actually spend most of my time at these days. But I'd never worked with knit cloth before. Don't think I will again, but these were fun. Was only able to get four place mats out of the Rays shirts and two of those didn't work out well at all. Think I'll go back to more conventional weaving for next project.