$10, 14 pairs of knitting needles. Yes, metal, but useful to have around for sizes I don’t already have in bamboo.
Another find from the thrift store this weekend; a plastic Weave-It Hand Loom. Something to do tiny samples on, or just a random piece to collect? Hopefully I’ll make use of it.
For more info on using these little gems, see the eLoomaNation site.
Current Audiobook: Having given up on the annoying Sister Grimm series, I’m moving back to adult books. Currently listening to 12.21: A Novel by Dustin Thomason
On Deck: Just picked up The Elgin Affair: The Abduction of Antiquity’s Greatest Treasures and the Passions it Aroused by Theodore Vrettos
“Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” – Oscar Wilde
Sooooo. Going on the theory that:
1) I earned the money, and other than crafts and books I don’t spend a lot
2) chances like this don’t come along every day
I acquired a table loom via craigslist months ago.
Mountain Loom - maybe but I'm not sure
It has no markings on it, but from what I can tell it might be an elusive Mountain Loom pique table loom. Teksolv heddles, which will take some getting used to. It is a portable 8-shaft loom that I can take to workshops or move easily around the small home. Haven’t tried it out yet but am anxious to try out some 8-shaft patterns for a change.
This is going to require some rethinking of the tiny crafting storage area, and spare materials may end up being jettisoned in order to keep this baby.
“For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The other star of our space-limited crafting show is a Schacht folding floor loom. Schacht Spindle, http://www.schachtspindle.com/ , located in Boulder, Colorado, has been making quality looms for 40 years. One of their most popular is the Baby Wolf folding loom. Folded up, it is 34” wide and 18” deep. You can buy the wheels/stroller and roll it into a corner or closet when you aren’t using it. You can even fold it up mid-project and put it away.
I found this one on craigslist for 1/5 of retail – what a steal! I took weaving classes at Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins, http://www.shuttlesspindlesandskeins.com/ , a brilliant local weaving shop. Judy Steinkoenig is one of the best teachers and weavers around, and she’s available 5-6 days a week at Shuttles for questions and advice. In fact, no one at that shop could be considered a “grumpy yarn lady” and they’re always willing to help. They’re even happy to help you if you purchased your yarn at a different shop – and very few places will do that!
“We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning.” – Henry Ward Beecher