Now, I'm planning to do a podcast about weaving so I'll talk a lot more about this fun toy, but I had to show it off a bit here. First let me tell you that I had been lusting after one of these ever since I saw that Ashford had come out with them, but it was Syne Mitchell's endorsement on her last podcast (Weavecast -- check it out!) that put me over the edge.
At any rate. . . the first picture up top shows how I created the warp using the warping peg. Then I warped up the loom:
And after that I was good to go and started weaving! Just look what I did in one night after a long day of traveling out to Marengo, spinning all day and getting home rather tired. I thought I might be too worn out to give it a try, but Pete encouraged me to go for it and in under an hour I had it all set up, warped up and was weaving!
I didn't use any special kind of "weaving" yarn -- just some stuff I had in the stash. The warp is Sirdar Salsa DK (50% Merino / 50% Acrylic) and the weft if Plymouth Outback Mohair (70% Mohair, 26% Wool, 4% Nylon). Here's a semi-close-up:
The first project that they have you start with is supposed to be a scarf, but I think I want to make this into a little bag and maybe a couple mug mats. We'll see. It's a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to lots more projects on my little rigid heddle loom!
Okay. . . now for the spinning part! Yesterday I finally finished spinning up some very pretty 70% Chocolate Alpaca/30% Tussah Silk that I bought from Shadeyside Farm while at MS&W. I'm hoping a good soak will take out the kinks, because I want to knit it up as a single. Take a look at it on the niddy:
It's so shiny because of the silk, that it's a bit difficult to photograph. I'll try to take a better picture once it's soaked.
Now I'm off to play with my loom some more! Stitch-Cast is on hiatus this weekend I'm afraid.