Monday, March 26, 2012

Oh what tangled messes we weave

I hope I didn't make Sir Walter Scott roll over in his grave.

I've been lusting after a loom for a while, convinced that it was a good next step in our journey toward self-sufficiency. *insert hubby's eye-rolling here*

When Nan, a friend of my friend Robin, made a comment on Robin's blog that she was selling her loom, I got in touch with her and, after convincing hubby of the merits of this new hare-brained idea of mine, bought the loom.

This nice looking Glimakra 4-harness loom sits in our living:
I admit to freaking out a little bit - ok, a lot - after I got it home when I realized that I had no idea what to do with it. I usually get buyer's remorse a lot after making large purchases anyway.

However, after a lesson with Robin at Yarns Unlimited, buying a couple of books,
and playing with the darned thing in bright day light, I'm feeling much better and more confident that I can tackle it.

As for the "tangled mess"? It's what I wove at my lesson. Gnarly, but that's what a practice, first-time piece looks like when you're not a weaving prodigy.
I foresee this will lead to wanting to learn how to spin my own yarn, and then getting my own sheep to shear, and then getting a degree in genetic engineering so I can clone my own flock...oh the possibilities are endless! :P

Have you ever learned something new that entailed far more than you anticipated for? Do share!

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." ~ Douglas Adams


Stacy Davis said...

I see Evil sheep in your future.....:P

I love the idea of a big loom...I just don't have the space for it...Right now Im looking for a spinning wheel..because now that I've been washing my fall fleeces...Im itching to make some yarn out of it.

Nan said...

Oh yes I have something to share! I got this urge to learn to knit socks on an antique circular sock machine! Talk about pulling hair out by the roots! But now, it's totally awesome to knit a pair of socks is just over an hour!

suzanne cabrera said...

HOW cool!!!!!!! I think this is the neatest thing! Can't wait to see all the interesting things you spin Teresa!

Under the Willow said...

Very nice! Totally awesome- I'd love it that you can start a project, and go back to it. Is this correct?

Sara said...

Ooh, that's a pretty loom! Nice and big. I recommend A Handweaver's Pattern Book by Davison and more than a few sheep. ;)

Robin said...

I bought two sheep once. I thought I knew what I was doing.


We loved them while we had them, but will probably never do sheep again. Unless I can afford to pay someone to do nothing but mind the fences every day.

Epicure68 said...

I think your first project looks pretty darned good, esp for a first project. You're going to invite Shaun and all his buddies over? ;)

Genetic engineering huh? You're going to have to do some serious convincing to get hubby to let you install an entire lab in your house.

Alina said...

I LOVE the loom and I LOVE the weaving so far! You're amazing.

The thing I want to try next is basket-weaving. I have a bunch of willow ready to go, just need to find the time and a good book to teach me how. :)

Michelle said...

I think everything I learn entails far more than I ever imagined. LOL!

Your "intro" piece is awesome! Just think, it won't be long and you'll be sitting and your loom creating all sorts of beautiful things.

Sherrie said...

That's AWESOME! I'm terribly impressed. And I can't wait to see what other amazing things you create. :)

Kris Bordessa said...

This is SO cool! I remember - vividly - seeing a loom similar to this in action on a field trip when I was in fourth grade. (California history, Old Adobe...) I was mesmerized. I've never tried it myself, though.

(Kris/Attainable Sustainable)