So I love my DH. Though Friday night, I shot daggers from my eyes. Though not in a serious way. *laugh*
On a tv show we were watching, they said the person should get a hobby. He pointed out that the saying is *A* hobby. I shot my daggers and then laughed.
He says this because I am taking up another hobby. Fiber related of course.
An awesome lady who I had the pleasure of working with for many years is selling her two weaving looms. And I am buying the smaller of the two. It is a Schacht 20" Table Loom.
I confess that if she weren't selling it at such an amazing price, I wouldn't even dream of it. But it is about the cost of a new rigid heddle loom. And it is Schacht. And after having my Ladybug nearly two years, I am in love with the company. They were awesome about answering questions even *before* I bought the wheel. And I bought a used wheel at that. But they answered all sorts of questions. Awesome.
And I LOVE my Ladybug. It is an amazing wheel. I adore spinning on it. Though I have to confess. It hasn't been touched since after I finished plying my MASSIVE double Bump Loop madness. I didn't get it finished for the Tour de Fleece. But I finished it after getting back from SSK.
Mind you, that was not about the wheel. That was about me. I spin tons during the TdF and then STOP for at least 2-4 months afterwards. So it is my yearly pattern any time I do the Tour de Fleece! *laugh*
So... I am waiting for my tax refund before I can actually get my new-to-me loom. Being me, what does that mean? I start learning all I can. Researching, reading and with weaving, there are a ton of awesome videos on YouTube that are super helpful.
I started thinking about projects. I know a simple plain/tabby weave is a great starter project. But it is me... So I think about doing that for eons. In just two colors...
I watched some YouTube videos for weaving. I am thrilled there are so many good ones available. It is so helpful.
One guy uses a rigid heddle to weave scarves. And he can do it relatively fast. He says about 4 hours for a completed project. *blink* He uses some bulker yarns. They look great. He uses long color stripe yarns. And inexpensive ones at that. He suggested Bernat Mosaic (which is discontinued), something from Red Heart & Lion Brand Landscapes yarn.
LB is having a sale on Scarfie which is as you would expect, a scarf length of yarn! Mandala also has long color repeats which could be cool. So I am thinking that an order might not be the worst idea. *smile*
But I looked at the yarns and went..."Hey...wait a sec. Those look like the kind of long colors you get with handspun..." Which of course inspired me...
See the slippery slope?! *laugh*
So I wanted something fun & funky. Something where I could just play with colors and not stress too much if all was harmonious. And if it didn't work out, that was okay too.
I remembered I had the bag of Odds & Ends from Into the Whirled. That could be perfect. Lots of fun & a bit of a mystery.
I loved spinning the singles. I just spun it all & figure I will Navajo ply to keep the colors very sharp. The warp can work to pull it all together.
The fibers were fun to spin. Since it is an odds & ends bag, I don't know what fibers were in it. But I would swear that at least a third to half had some silk in them. And I LOVE silk blends. Mind you, in the same order from Into the Whirled, I had several braids of fiber with silk... *laugh* I just checked. ALL the spinning fiber had silk in the order. *chuckle* So heaven knows, given how awesome the folks at ItW are, they may have pull an Odds & Ends bag with silk for me. I am always confused, but some spinners don't like silk in spinning. So they may separate them. Or maybe I just lucked out! *laugh*
The bag has a lot of green. But there are bits & bobs of many colors. I think it will be really interesting to see how it ends up in weaving. I also figured it was a good way to use the colors.
This is the first time I am using the Akerworks bobbin I got at SSK. I know... Embarrassing that I have had it since July, but it only just got on the wheel. But I haven't spun singles since the end of the Tour de Fleece. As expected, I am in LLLOOOOVVVVEEE. I adore seeing through the end of the bobbin! I can only imagine what that would look like for a Bullseye Bump!
The Odds & Ends say they are between 4-4.3 oz. And there was still room on bobbin. I really wonder if I could fit a whole Bump on it. Not sure... Of course, may need to try at some point. *grin*
Here's a pic of the singles finished on the bobbin.
Of course, it makes me want *MORE* of them. *sigh* And I actually *have* a lot of bobbins as I got them with my wheel. So I really don't *need* more. But WANT!!
We will see between now & when the tax refund arrives what I decide I need. *laugh* I want to pick up some weaving yarns as well. I don't own much in the way of cotton. And I think some washable cotton placemats could be awesome place to start with weaving.
The Yarn Barn of Kansas has some weaving kits. I really think one of their samplers could be great. Turns out they have one for dish towels which could be great. Though of course, I love the sampler scarves. My first knitting project is a scarf I still wear that is a sampler! So it seems kinda fitting.
Sooo many choices! The Woolery also has weaving kits. And then there are tons of patterns & such. So I could just get the yarn & have at it.
SOOOO EXCITED!! I really can't wait for the tax return to come. Hopefully soon. We e-filed already. And they are saying it generally is completed within 4 weeks. *fingers crossed it comes soon*