Thursday, July 23, 2009

Cashmere dreams

I came upon this article at Bonnie's blog.

I love the idea of recycling yarn - which is often an expensive commodity to start with. I can't imagine purchasing cashmere, which is hard to find...

I also can't begin to imagine how wonderful a bamboo and cashmere piece would feel. Ooooh.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

DIY Handloom

Today, I did a housecall for a client, and then had the rest of the afternoon to
myself (more or less).

I dropped by Home Depot on my way home to see how much 1x2 oak would be for a handloom. To my surprise, they sold 24-inch sections of 1x2. I bought the last piece of red oak, for $1.66. I then bought a small box of finishing nails for $1.24... after tax and candy, the materials for a handloom were $4.20

I braved the table loom, and glued and clamped the pieces. Tomorrow I will decide on further fastening techniques (dowels or screws) and figure out the pattern for the pins (nails).

... a few minutes later: I just realized I'm going to need more finishing nails... so add $1.34 to that total...

This still brings the total to $5.54 plus my time and effort. However, this is worth the difference ($33.84) from the Four-Inch Multi Loom by Hazel Rose for $31.50, plus $7.88 S&H.

I would like to point out that Hazel Rose assembles, sands and finishes the product - so I'm not saying it's not worth it, just that I can't afford it right now.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Weavette, Loomette, Weave-It...

I saw projects for these small hand looms in a couple issues of Handwoven late last year. I would love to have one of these!

However, I can't justify the semi hefty price tag of $30-ish for a 2" loom! For real?!

They would be fun for little projects, and portable for cozying up on the couch.

I was excited to find a DIY website for handlooms. I think I could totally make one of these! Right after I get my "Round To-It" for all the other projects around the house.

Kaw Valley Fiber Guild

I was so excited to go to the Kaw Valley Fiber Guild, but also quite apprehensive, because there was so little information on the Internet. The only thing I found was a posting on saying that there was a meeting tonight (July 21) at the Lawrence Parks and Rec Community Building.

I hemmed and hawed about it, and with some encouragement from my husband, decided to go to the guild meeting.

However, I got to the community building, and there was no meeting. The guy at the desk said there was nothing like that on the calendar. I went back to my car, and looked it up on my phone... then went back into the community building and wandered around... but there was no one.

I was so disappointed.

I will try to contact the fiber guild somehow. And maybe go to the Kansas City Weavers Guild instead... but it's on Thursday mornings.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Shoe Strings and Snap Rings

I went to a weaving class at the Yarn Barn this weekend. The Shoe Strings & Snap Rings class was great! There was a lot of information that I could use. A lot of information that I might not use. And a lot of information that I might forget...

But, all in all it was motivating.

I had the epiphany that my complex color blending was too much combined with a complex pattern... so it was anti-motivating. Especially when trying to return to the loom. There was just a lack of rhythm. It was hard to get through one repetition of the pattern, and hard to figure out where I left off with the color blending.

Susan Hoisington really stressed the importance of having a rhythm when working on the loom.

I went through my yarns to find something that might work for the pattern I was using (a modified twill), that didn't need to be doubled up... and found a lovely, deep purple, blended wool/silk hank.

The looms that I learned on didn't have such a heavy beater... so I need to practice letting gravity do my beating, and not smash my picks together. (Considering how irritable I am today, maybe weaving isn't such a good idea.)

I would really like to join a weaving guild. There is a Kaw Valley fiber guild meeting in Lawrence on Tuesday. I haven't heard a lot about the guild, and they don't have a website, so I don't know what to expect. The Kansas City Weaver's Guild meets (in Kansas City) on the second Thursday of the month - but in the morning. Bummer. I might have to start taking a day off of work. I think a community of weavers would be really motivating. Weaving can be such a solitary practice... I loved being in the studio at KU.

This is a pretty hank of wool I bought at the Yarn Barn.

Friday, July 17, 2009


Somewhere along the way, weaving has become a chore. I don't get to it. My loom sits lonely in its room. And I pine for it while I'm doing other things. The beautiful projects arrive in my mail box in my Handwoven magazine subscription... and I continue to pine away, all the while, my skills become rustier.

A friend, and client, told me the other day of her habit of listening to audio books while weaving. This seems like a good idea to me. I might swing by the library tomorrow, after my class and clients and pick up an audio book or two.

The fact of the matter is, that I am a busy person with my fingers in way too many pies. Am I mixing analogies? Not sure. I would love to add another pie, if I could find out more about a fiber/weaving guild in the area. I know they're around... just how do I get there?

I'm hoping, that by creating a blog, I might have more motivation to visit my loom on a regular basis.