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Take one man’s thermal turtleneck (80% silk, 20% cotton), purchased at the thrift store for $2. Never worn and still bearing the original paper tag. Unravel to your heart’s content.

Wind out 3 yard warp. Dress the loom in the silk ramen. Wind the silk ramen weft onto your shuttle. Weave in your favorite twill pattern.

Silk Ramen I

Dressing the loom

Silk Ramen II

Weave the Ramen

Result? Beautiful cream silk/cotton scarf. $2. A lot of work. A sense of eco-friendly, green satisfaction. And enough left-over silk/cotton for two more scarves.

“There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.” – Marshall McLuhan

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Alpaca Breeders Alliance of Northern Colorado is having their Alpaca Extravaganza this weekend at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont, Colorado. Saturday February 26 9-5, Sunday the 27th 10-4.

Shopping and hands on opportunities abound, as well as free lectures on alpaca breeding, contract language, marketing, and including alpacas in your sustainable living adventures. Free to the general public.

“The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.” – William Shakespeare

Support your local independent businesses by shopping with them on Small Business Saturday rather than at a chain store on Black Friday.

If you spend $100 at a locally-owned business, $68 of that $100 stays in your community. Spent at a chain store, only $43 stays in your community. Shop online – nothing for your local economy.

One great way to shop local is with your local craft fairs. If you’re in the Denver Metro Area, there are some good ones coming up.

Nov 27 – Boulder
Joyful Furniture Artist Sale

Dec 3 & 4 – Denver
Holiday Handmade Alternative Craft Fair at Fancy Tiger

Dec 3 & 4 – Applewood/Golden
Jefferson Unitarian Church Holiday Arts and Craft Faire

December 4 – Boulder
Shining Mountain Waldorf School King Winter Faire

Nov 13 – Dec 30 – Golden
Foothills Art Center Holiday Art Market

“A machine has value only as it produces more than it consumes – so check your value to the community.” Martin H. Fischer

I finished unraveling a heathered blue cotton sweater from Express. Turns out it was four barely-plied blue threads instead of a tightly-plied knitting yarn. The resulting warp is actually really fun and variegated.

Upcycled dishtowels

Formerly known as a sweater

Not sure how this will turn out using the same yarn as weft, but I want to have something for the “recycled” table at the weaving sale next week!

“Cannot people realize how large an income is thrift?” – Cicero

The loom cover is now complete and a relative success.

Completed loom cover and accessories holder

I had barely, barely, barely enough fabric to cover the loom using the Martha Stewart curtains from ARC. If you decide to make one of these for yourself, measure your loom ahead of time (height, width, and length both top and bottom). Then bring your measuring tape with you to the thrift shop so you can measure the curtains – or coverlet, sheets, or blanket – whatever you choose to purchase.

I was a little too generous when measuring for the seam allowance, so guard against that. You only need 1/2 inch for the seam allowance, and it may turn out that you need that extra inch or two somewhere else. I ended up using the scraps – top of one set of curtains and bottom of another set – to make a fabric accessories envelope for the other loom pieces. I’ve secured both the cover and the fabric envelope with large snaps, which I sewed on by hand. Overall, it took my brain a long time to figure this project out, but I’ve ended up with a solid, washable cover to protect the loom from sunlight – plus a holder for the spare reeds and other loom parts. Let me know if you try this!

“I believe that thrift is essential to well-ordered living.” – John D. Rockefeller