November 14, 2011
Unusual and Lucky
At the end of a retreat, I always feel lucky. It's not hard to - while the hours are long and it's absolutely a lot of work, it's amazing work, in an amazing spot with a chef. There's no way you can pretend that you're hard done by if this is your job. There's only one thing I ever wish, and I know other teachers/organizers feel the same pang - we're in this industry because we love the fibre arts, but there's not a lot of time to play and share between us. We always think that we'd like to take each others classes, but it doesn't happen. There's never time or money or all that. This trip though, this trip Tina, Judith and I had an idea, and once that idea was in the hands of ST-2 Lisa (one of the worlds most effective and efficient women) it actually became a plan. We talked a little about things we'd like to know - and do, and voila. After leaving Port Ludlow Friday, we stopped at a grocery store, picked up all that we needed to sustain life for a few days, and then went to Tina's - where a few hours later, Lisa and Judith arrived, with a car full of fun.
Posted by Stephanie at November 14, 2011 2:22 PM
A loom. A big floor loom. A loom with intentions my friends, and over the course of the next day, we put together that jigsaw of a beast, and got it warped and ready to weave, and if the world is the way it should be today, then yesterday after I left, Tina and Judith and Lisa were getting Tina started on rug weaving.
It was amazing. It came in through the door in about 30 pieces, and then it was up to us (Okay, Judith and Lisa - Tina and I have all the experience of fleas, compared to those two) to figure out what parts went together how.
It was this crazy scene. We'd line up some parts that looked like they would go together, and then Judith would say something like "This is wrong. In all my years I've never seen that brake go there" and we'd take it all apart and put it together another way, until someone would say "Ahh... yes. Look - that's how it goes" and assembled a whole loom that way, with no idea what sort of loom it was, or anything. It was a complete reliance on the knowledge of how it had to work, if it was going to work - and piecing it together from there.
We did other stuff too - I taught Judith some knitting stuff, Lisa showed me how to do the tie-ups on a loom in a way that finally made sense to me, we fired up the electric carder and I made some beautiful batts that I'll show you tomorrow, but it was a fine time. A really fine time, and it left me thinking three things. First, that I really think it's an amazing and unusual thing for fibre artists to have time together. Second, that I'm very lucky to have befriended the fibre artists that I have, and third.... (get ready Denny...)
I think I need a floor loom - a smaller one. I'm ready. Maybe a used Baby wolf. I'm going to start looking.
Coming over to the dark side! I absolutely love weaving, and it is another one of the crafts that has a great knowledge base when you can find it (Denny is the reason I started weaving, I just live too darned far away to see her regularly now). It's wonderfully memorizing once you actually get the loom warped and start weaving.
You will love a Baby Wolf. It's one of my favorites to teach on. They are sturdy and very versitile. Congrats! You've been warped!
Mind you, I am jealous of your time with Judith. I swear I'd love to quit my job and just be her fiber slave. The amount of knowledge in that woman's brain is amazing and she is so nice about spreading it around.
I am being amused, wondering where you might be planning on this living (considering what you describe as the space in your house) but I have to sheepishly admit to a similar weakness. I have resisted spinning for a decade, and am beginning to think it just might be fun to try. Besides, I have a legitimately empty room (the 24 year old just moved for good into her own apartment) and gee, a spinning wheel might be pretty in there...so good luck! More fiber stuff must equal more fun, right?
Ooh, I can't wait to see you what you get up to with an itsy bitsy baby loom ..... it makes me feel all inspired to try to find one too. Now wouldn't that be something! Maybe I need to encourage one of the family to move out to give me some space :-) ....no? Oh well, maybe in a few years!
Sounds like a great time. Keep on writing and blogging. You make me smile. Thanks!
Sounds like a great time! You make me smile. Thanks!
Didja hear that, Rams? It was the sound of the top of Denny's head popping right off.
This is going to be entertaining, I predict.
When I was ready for a floor loom, I chose to get a Saori SX60 2-harness loom for a variety of reasons - it does some amazing things and will convert to a 4-harness if I want. I love it all, knitting, spinning, felting, crocheting and weaving. Some technique for every fibery thing you could possibly want to do!
If I could get my 48" LeClerc loom to you I would. I think it's a countermarch (which does not describe, say, what my mom's breadmaker once did before it fell to its death.)
Wow. And here I was impressed with myself for putting together a big Ikea dresser this weekend in 4 hours with my son as a helper and the instructions....
Nice work, ladies! Which of the girls' rooms gets the loom?
Learning new fiber related things can get you into trouble. I took a "how to dye with indigo class" this past weekend and am seriously contemplating setting up my own vat to dye yarn. Not that I have any of the things required to dye with indigo, including the room to keep the vat, or the yarn. But I'm dreaming in deep blue.
You will love a Baby Wolf. I had one for years until back trouble put an end to my weaving (well, actually it was the warping that did me in). They take up very little space when folded- you'll love it (and the cat will be sooooo helpful)!
One of my favorite childhood memories is volunteering at a "little red schoolhouse" and listening to the thump thump thump of the floor loom while I worked the ancient sewing machine. I hope you find one you love and it gives you much joy.
You guys are either going to end up needing a bigger house or having to send your young chicks out into the great wide world a little early.
Start looking, really! I have an 8 harness gilmore 26 in with wheels, which I love. I got her used from a retiring weaver. Get an 8 harness though, you will eventually want one! Welcome, it does suck up knitting time.....
Shared knowledge is a wonderful thing!
I love my rigid heddle, but it doesn't stop me from looking at table looms at least every 3-4 months. If while you are looking for your Baby Wolf, you happen upon an used 4- or 8-treadle Dorothy/LeClerc that isn't too dear, please at least think of me.
Looms rock! I would not trade my jack loom for the world!
Aaannndddd she's off, down that slippery slope.
Bwahahaha! Come to the dark side, we have cookies! Seriously. weaving is incredible fun. I'd just like to be a fly on the wall when you break the news to Joe. Hint: it is probably a good idea to tell him before the loom shows up!
I'm looking forward to the list of Top Ten Reasons I Need A Loom. Happy weaving!
Are you shitting me........ I have the loom it's right here. I've been saving it for you.
Ihave 2 weaving looms--3 if you count the small one that sits on a table and a spinning wheel. but (you may have to sit down for this) I can't spin or weave. Hubby found one loom at a consignment shop. The spinning wheel was given to him for helping clean out a house to sale. The other loom was given to us because the couple had no more room in their house. I do want to learn how to spin and how to weave. Just carving the time and space is my problem.
I've still got a cricket table loom on my wish list! I've always been impressed by those floor looms, and would love to see progress on their first rug project!
Great. Fabulous. BUT HOW DOES GWENDOLYN LOOK?!
When you're ready for a "really big" (think 60" LeClerc floor) loom of your own, let me know. I'll meet you at the border with it (no passport!)
Hold on, hold on, I'm coming! Just let me pull stuff together here -- holy water, crucifix, wooden stake, garlic, lemon ... (wait. That's vampires.) It's eight hours to Toronto from here. Hold on ...
bwahahahahahahaha!!!! welcome to the rabbit hole of fiber. I, too, swore that I would never weave, quilting, spinning and knitting was enough for me. HAH! Whatever loom you aquire is enough to open a whole new universe of fibery goodness. Have fun and welcome!
You definitely need a floor loom. Go get this one: http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-hobbies-crafts-Loom-Leclerc-New-price-W0QQAdIdZ326090466
You'll go through the stash a lot faster if you weave it. Just saying.
:) stash busting here we come! i built a 4-shaft table loom out of pvc. there are mods to make it treadle and that is soon on my list. it is an option if you have the inability-to-find-awesome-tools bad karma i have. used books i've got, I just have yet to find a loom or a wheel so I gave up and bought a wheel and built a loom. :)
Check out Loom Reviews on Ravelry. Some good info there on floor looms. If I had the space I would get a Glimarka ideal or standard. I have a 4H 24" loom but think an 8H 36"- 45" weaving loom might provide more options. Looking forward to seeing what you pick up.
AS soon as you get the itch for a loom, one finds its way to you, as you can clearly see from the posts... Know what you wish for!! :-)
Thank you for the fun posts!
Snort. As usual presbytera, rams, and denny have me laughing out loud - not to mention giggling and snickering.
Thanks, ladies, I've been doing paperwork all morning and I needed that!
By the way, it's not true you'll blow through your stash quickly via weaving - you'll need different (and more!) yarn for weaving very, very soon.
Also: I love Rams.
Were there no instructions for assembly?
It was a like a fibery, 3D jigsaw puzzle.
Looking at your twitter notes on the side, better to be lonely in the airport than have those insufferable guys getting drunk and talking about how the women in office were too dumb to sleep with because they might accidentally let it slip what they were doing to the wives!!!
What fun! If you get that loom you're going to need a new house, Stephanie, or at least an extension, otherwise you won't have room to move... :-)
I just got into spinning last year and this summer acquired a wheel. LOVE IT. My next "big thang" is going to be a loom so I've been looking around to see what people use and do :) It's going to be a blast.
I can see it now -- Stephanie will either build catwalks around the edges of each room (although I'm guessing the ceilings aren't unusually high, so that might not work) or devise a series of zip lines to use for getting from one room to the next!
oh man. loom sales are going to go through the roof now!
Baby Wolfs are great! I've had one for about 15 years -- sturdy, well designed, versatile. You won't regret it.
I also have a loom that I don't know how to use. One day!
Also, when will you be coming to Cincinnati on your book tour!?!?!!!
I grew up with a mother and brother who wove rugs. On a two harness floor loom.
Married a man who's mother did the same. My girls were about 8 and 10 before they realized that not ALL grandmas wove rugs!
Yes, it's fun and oh the things you will learn.
When my brother died we donated his loom to a halfway house for mentally challenged individuals. I miss it but I know it's gone on to give a lot more goodness to a lot of people.
Maybe some day I'll get one again.
To boldly go where Fiber ho's go; Warp factor number one. LLAP!
Hummmm.....I seem to remember walking around the Madrona Fiber Arts Festival a couple of years ago, carrying my new Flip loom and having a having a lovely, funny Canadian knitter call my baby "trouble". I wonder who that was.......?
A loom. I've been tempted to weave ever since I read Tasha Tudor's book on her life in Vermont. But seriously, sewing and knitting keep me busy enough. I've got a warped mind, I do.
Sounds all good to me.
My one brief encounter with weaving didn't really do anything for me, so it is interesting to see it work for someone else.
There is no Zen like weaving.
Where in your wee house is it going to go? No worries, we always find space for the things we love, don't we? For ten years I had a small grand piano in my average sized living room.It really wasn't in the way--we just adjusted our lives around it. I am intrigued, and will now go and see what a Baby Wolf looks like.
Ohh I definitely want this group with me if I get trapped on a desert island. Shhh.. don't tell my oldest son about this as he called a couple of weeks ago to ask if I couldn't knit him a rug for their dining room. I repectfully declined but if he hears about this I am toast. Glad you all had time to play you, do indeed have fabulous playmates. I think this team could move mountains.
I put my own loom together as well. It was in many pieces as it wouldn't fit in my car otherwise. I completely understand as all I had to go by was the picture that was taken to sell it. I am going to need to move it, I really need to get the 2 rugs off it before I do that though.
My mum had a loom. It took a whole room in their century home in Niagara-on-the-Lake. I sure wish I knew what happened to it. I'd love to have it now. :)
I know what you mean. I swore I would never start weaving. Now I have a Cricket loom waiting for me to take it out of its bag to play with. I've been told it's a slippery slope.
I took a weaving class in college (MANY years ago), and got an A because I had to put together the huge loom I then learned on. lol I so wish you weren't on the other side of the continent . . . I'd give you my eight-harness loom that has sat unused in my garage for about 18 years. Knitting is more portable.
Welcome to the world of weaving! I have two looms, but they are small ones. I too lust after a small baby wolf loom, but that will have to wait for now. Can't wait to see your batts tomorrow!
Definitely a slippery slope! I got a RH loom a few years ago, then a table loom the year after that, then a used floor loom (craigslist!!) last spring. I don't weave all the time, but when I do, I really enjoy it--especially the floor loom. It feels so official.
Small Floor Loom is kind of an oxymoron. Still! I wholeheartedly endorse getting a loom! Weaving is like that sweet spot in knitting where you're meditative, yet zooming through the pattern, with a blanket on your lap, tea at your side, snow falling outdoors within sight of you, and a cat curled up purring nearby. :)
It's a JL Hammett loom, isn't it?! I was given one this spring and it's honey. It keeps my other 2 floor looms company. There's a warning in there if you chose to take it. Bet you won't though. Weaving is every bit as addictive as knitting. Hmmmm, will we have to start referring to you as the '8-Harness Harlot'?
This WILL be entertaining, and informative. Once I move (and can find things again, like my socks), I plan to set up my small table loom (gifted by a fellow knitter) and figure it out, once and for all. I will have room in my new place. I would have room for YOUR loom too, if you like :o)
can't wait to learn more interesting things from you!
So wish I could have been there. Looks like it was an amazing time! Can't wait to see the loom!
Oh, yeah! Weaving is my first choice for mental health - go Steph!
How odd that it didn't come with any assembly instructions.
Well congrats on finding (and spending!) the time with fiber arts friends - there's nothing like it to renew and get your own creative juices flowing.
That loom is impressive. And glad to see that no written instructions were ultimately needed. :)
I agree with Joanna that the loom is a JL Hammet loom. I have a 45" one. Assembly directions only exist if you buy a new loom. Used looms frequently don't have directions. If you are lucky and the loom is assembled you can number all the joining spots and make a sketch before you take it apart to move it. Many years ago A friend and I assembled 2 -2 harness rug looms from one pile of loom parts.
We had a ball.
well, harlot, you are FINALLY coming over to the light. weaving is where it's at. i am not a knitter for very good reason: looms!
Oh, Steph! Just the other day, I was reading the first few pages of your new book. You know, the part where you get crazy when people talk about not having any time to take up knitting. And I was wondering where you find the time to write books. Let alone blog posts. Wondering if the next book will be about weaving now.
By the way, how wonderful that you all decided to hold your own little fibre retreat. I'm just a bit jealous.
Ahh...weaving! My favorite fibery goodness. I knit and all (since that was my first introduction to fibers) but weaving is the best! I have looms (like knitting needles - do you have only one? No, you have to have a couple of sizes, and they come in pairs). Welcome to weaving!!!
Oh, I've been wanting to weave forever! I may come in to a bit of spare cash next year and I will be on my way. I'll enjoy watching you learn.
Your house isn't big enough! 8O
Oh well. You will have lots of fun! :D
I hardly have time for knitting, let alone weaving. But your post makes me want to find time for it. I tried cardweaving years ago and enjoyed it, as well as bobbin lace (sort of like weaving), so I know I would enjoy weaving on a loom. It's just that pesky time thing...
Ms. S. P-McF, That makes sense. I have many things in my house that can never be taken apart because the putting-together instructions are long ago lost. I once was given a rather complex futon by my friend, who had labeled every part clearly and color coded the tags so I could see which parts went together. I thought this was a fabulous idea. Needless to say, I have never implemented it.
Of course! you need a floor loom. Every one does.
Ohhhh. There is nothing like weaving on a floor loom. I have a Baby Macomber (kinda like a Baby Wolf) and I love it. I also have other looms that I love.... Our yarns are plainer than the knitters, but boy we do amazing things with them!
Baby wolfs (would that be "baby wolves"--there is a Wolf Pup loom too) are good looms. Get 8 harnesses though! And when you come over to the dark side of tapestry weaving, it will work for that too. Of course if you went to straight to tapestry, you can get a Mirrix and it will fit behind your dresser and no one will be the wiser. :)
You really said it?? That you *need* a loom???
Welcome to our side of the fence and we're happy to have you join our ranks!
Weaving blog: Thrums
Brings back memories. I grew up with a 16-harness loom in the middle of our livingroom. However, the textile gene from my mother manifests as knitting and crocheting in me. Have fun!
well of course you need a loom, its wovember!
I have wanted to learn weaving for SO LONG....this year I finally learned to knit; can weaving be far behind?
Well, there's the quilting stash, the sewing machines, the long-arm (!) machine, the knitting/crochet yarn stash, the books for these arts.... the money situation....
Weaving may just have to wait until the next lifetime....perhaps it was there in a previous one....
I got my Baby Wolf from a classmate in a weaving class at OSAC back in the early nineties. It had been to Beirut, Lebanon and back so she sold it to me used. It's an eight shaft and I love it! I agree with coriemckibben to go ahead and get eight shafts. You will not regret it. My regret is that I don't have time right now to give it any attention at all.
PS Joe, it will fold up and not take up very much space at all....
If you get a loom be sure the brake is the "rachet and pawl" type. All other brakes are useless after a while. Best wishes!
It looks like a Hammett loom. Those old looms are great for weaving rugs!
It is now time to build an addition to the house and/or the garage. Your lovely wife has been bitten by the weaving bug. You and the cat will have to move to a new space to make room for her new addiction.
No, the squirrels will not want to steal her loom(s).
Suggestion from a weaver for over 25 years....and one who has had MANY looms that were not "quite" right......I recommend a Might Wolf over a Baby Wolf.......just my humble opinion......because I think you will become a WEAVER and you will soon want a bit more in a loom.....and 8 harnesses is good.......
oooh. I always stand transfixed at the fibre faires and watch the weaving. This will be wonderful.
Twenty-nine years ago, I took a 5-hour class on weaving on a rigid heddle loom, just to prove to a friend and my sister that weaving wasn't for me and that I would be a total klutz. It didn't work. I have at least 8 looms of various kinds and sizes including two floor looms (8 and 4 shaft), 8 shaft table loom, box loom, inkle, card weaving and tapestry looms and the original rigid heddle loom that I bought that first day. I knit, spin (wheels and spindles) and quilt, too, and have impressive stashes for each activity. All of these reside with me and my very patient husband in an 900 sq. ft. house. Believe me, weaving is at least as addictive as knitting.
By the way, you can tell Joe that a loom, even an 8 shaft, will cost less than a sail boat.
I tried out a triangle loom a couple of years ago and FELL IN LOVE....someday, still, I will put one in my knitting room. When I get a knitting room. It's...in progress.
Ya know...let's see....crochet, knitting, felting, painting, pen & ink, calligraphy, macrame, pysanky, quilting, quilling :), beading wirework,stained glass, fused glass, (yes, there is a kiln)......I say why NOT a loom.....
Oh, and I forgot, Yippee Skippee, I'm amongst my own kind!
ok, you got me knitting, I will NOT allow you to inspire me to weave!!! :-D I don't have space for one of those! :-)
May I pimp the Leclerc Compact - made in Canada, folds, looks very Wolfish, will fold withing the footprint of an old treadle sewing machine. The f shaft is automatically a four now, four later.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.
loom building, beware! Do not take the loom apart (I mean the two you left with the loom) before taking notes ON the loom itself. In Europe from medieval times buildings could be taken apart, because the frame was wooden beams etc. and the walls filled in later. At each crossing the beams that were joining together were marked: 1 slit with a knife or axe for all beams crossing there, a second crossing 2 slits. etc. When they run out by 9 slits they made crosses, tees, vees, whatever. We had only one time with a big shelter tent of figuring out how it went together, my husband brought two colours of builders sticky tape and by marking the joining points with 1, 2 or 3 pieces of the tape we put up our sheltertent thereafter in minutes, enjoying tea while others struggled with downfalling frames the whole time. They learned quick. So, mark the loom either with a knife or small bands of coloured sticky tape. Consider it the post-its solution for loomframes, taking pictues and printing them might be a secondary help too.
How cool (or strange) you are saying this now... because after al the knitting and spinning I, too hankering after a loom... so much I could cry... but the thing that those are so totally unaffordable for me...
Take care though. The best thing I ever heard say about looms is:"The critters are breading". And it's true, we started with one, and a few years later the we celebrated Xmas with two rather large looms between the dinnertable and the tree blocking half the room. I've got nine looms now, although not all in the livingroom. :^)
Well, there goes your spare time!
Hm. Maybe next time you are in Oregon you could stop and check out OCAC. The weaving room will have you drooling. Then you could teach a class there, and play with all of their fun tools.
A used baby wolf is an absolutely wonderful loom to learn on. I'd recommend an 8 shaft if you can find it, a 4 shaft if you can't.
My other favorite little loom is the 24-shaft AVL workshop dobby loom that I picked up at Sock Summit 2011. (I had a side adventure one night and bought a used loom.)
Weaving on a shaft loom will give you a whole new range of textiles to complement your knitting items.
Regarding marking the loom pieces before taking them apart (a wonderful suggestion, dutch margreet!) my newest love for marking things is Sharpie Paint Markers. They come in 10-12 colors and have worked great on anything I've used them on so far.
I'm glad to read that I'm not the only one with equipment that has been acquired with no idea how to use (yet!).
Rams, have to explain to coworkers why I just burst out laughing very loudly.
"get ready Denny" ??? How about "get ready, JOE!"
Next building/remodeling project: converting the attic to a weaving studio.
You spend so much of your time helping, encouraging, explaining, and opening up the knitty/fibery world to other people. There's just something wrong about the fact that you don't have more time to indulge your own love of it when you want to. Just something really wrong about that....I vote you get a little more selfish. You know we'll wait for you. :-)
I wanted to let you know that I am loving your latest book. Laughing out loud in some places, smiling to myself in others. There are a lot of writers in the world... but most don't really nail it. You do. Thanks for putting it down on paper. Your stuff is a real pleasure to read.
Do you still use your Cricket? I really want to get one and I wanted to know what you thought about your Cricket. Do you still really like it now that you've had it a few years?
PS: I'm saving up to get one at Lettuce Knit as it's the only place I can find one, I live in Oshawa and no one near me sells them!
Joe needs a sailboat - get a nonsuch - it handles easily while the crew knits. We have one such in the Anacortes Yacht Club. I knit on a trawler.
Those sneaky weavers. I've got them in my life, too, and they just don't take "no, I've absolutely no time in my life for yet another craft that is fascinating and wonderful and absorbing." They just don't. I now have 2 looms and am hankering after the baby wolf, too.
Some of the weaving studios are sometimes given nice looms. Then they sell them. A baby wolf is very nice but I love my Harrisville. If you buy it as a kit then you clear seal it and put it all together yourself but it saves you a ton of money.
This is too funny. This past weekend, I was at a workshop with Daryl Lancaster, in Burton, Oh, sponsored by my guild (Western Reserve spinners and weavers) and since I only have a rigid heddle, I came out of the workshop telling everybody that i wanted to get a used 8 harness baby wolf. The world is small indeed. If anybody knows of a sued baby wolf 8 harness near Willoughby Hills, OH, LET ME KNOW
have fun with getting a loom! I second the many suggestions for an 8 shaft loom. After working with a 4 shaft for a while you'll just want to move up to an 8, so might as well just start with the 8 - you won't regret it.
And think of all that sock yarn you'll be able to use up in a couple days instead of a couple weeks!
How wonderful for all of you!
YEEEEEEEES ONE OF US
I'm thinking about a floor loom. Maybe. Moving house might just mean there's space...
Yes! Yes! Yes! A Baby Wolf is the perfect loom for limited space. It folds up (even with a warp on), rolls around on wheels when upright, & there's got to be *somewhere* you can stash it for those in-between times (which there hopefully won't be many of). Just a cautionary word about harness envy. There's a lot you can do with four harnesses, but eight would give you even more versatility. Just sayin'
My mother-in-law built a new room onto her house last year that is dedicated to her looms and yarn.
I LOVE WEAVING!! I haven't been able to since I graduated from college...we had a wonderful weaving department at KU. Someday I would love a loom, now if I could just get rid of my knitting machine...anyone intersted in a silver reed knitting machine w/ ribbing and lace attachments an all of the fixins?
Do what I did, help an old friend move, get their (somewhat battered, poor thing) folding four-harness loom in return (the alternative was leave it to be junked, and ... no. I offered it a home). 'Course, I have no room to actually figure out how to use a room-eating monster, but .. hell, I have it, and soon... soon there will be space.
It's all over now. The weekend before last, I went to a fiber festival and thought, "Hmmm...maybe I should learn to weave." The next day I bought a used floor loom. Yesterday I bought a rigid heddle loom. God only knows what I'll buy next.
Hot diggity! The Harlot has taken up weaving!
Have been reading you for several years and wondering why there wasn't a weaver half as much fun to read as you are.....so.....we now have The Best of All Possible Worlds....the Harlot on Weaving!
My husband and kids gave me a small loom about a year ago.It's very dangerous - very addictive. The knitting and the sailboathummmmm - we have several boats and the best to knit on is the motor boat. With the sail boat you always have to move and balls of yarn don't always cooperate.
Spend 5 hours on Saturday learning to warp my new 16" Ashford table loom from the back.
I, too, had a lovely time. Some of it frustrating, some of it in childlike amazement at what I could do.
I got one just like that, it's one of my winter projects to figure out how to use it!
must be the moon. I did the same thing on Monday. tho I'm often moving looms about.
Get a Mighty Wolf is you can- the 26" limitation get's old fast on the baby wolf.
I have a very gently used Leclerc that is smaller that you could pick up next time you are in North Bay!
I have never tried weaving but My friend Lynn sells those cricket ones. About scarf or place mat size. It's tempting i tell ya! Great for hand spun!
WOW. You are amazing. So wish I was there with you!!
There is nothing more satisfying than weaving with your handspun. Try a blanket at 5/ inch- it goes quickly and you can use many colours in the warp. I truly believe that weaving and knitting go hand in hand (no pun intended!)Good luck. A floor loom is that much 'smoother' and faster to operate than a knitters loom.
Ravelry has a group that is dedicated to selling used looms. I've seen baby wolves frequently!
YES, we did it. the Dutch word; wildbreien (yarn bombing, knit graffiti) is the neologism Dutch word for 2011. The most beautiful, meaningful new word in our language for 2011. It was announced a few hours ago. (boomerangchild or boomerangstudent was 2nd or 3rd, a child going from mums house to dads house or a student keeping changing to and fro his/her studies). How cool is that, knitting leading all those other new words. It literally means of course wildknitting.
What a beautiful loom. As to setting up a loom blind, been there, done that! It's such a good feeling when you FINALLY get it put together!
As an obsessive weaver with only 5 looms, I can say that you had better get a studio made so you have room. I have never worked on a Baby Wolf but my husband drools every time he sees one, so maybe someday! Although you can't take a loom on a plane, I personally feel weaving is much, much, much better and my ever weakening hands agree!
It must be contagious! I spent a week at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina doing off-loom bead weaving, but they put us in the Weaving Room with all these amazing looms! Soooooo tempting....
Oh, myyyy....now...keep the spinning wheel handy as homespun isn't just for knitting anymore!!!! You are going to love weaving. It is addictive...as much as knitting...just not QUITE as portable....even with a table loom. I have one of those and two floor looms. Remember...you can DOUBLEWEAVE and make something twice the size of your weaving width.....cannot WAIT to see what you do!!! Enjoy!
welcome to the dark side... we have chocolate and weaving.
If you jump in - go for an 8 at least . . . . .
Warning--small looms lead to bigger looms...