Friday, February 13, 2009

Testing

i have never before been able to get this mobile blogger to work with this service. trying it again. so... are we there yet?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

4x4 Weave-Its!

Yay!

In December, I was offered three very old 4" Weave-Its by a lady who lives here in Methuen. Between the holidays, my coming back from them sick, then hurting my back and the weather being bad through most of that, I had yet to go get them. I am leaving here Monday, though, and it is 50 degrees, so I e-mailed her yesterday to see if her generous offer still stood - it did, and I went to pick them up today! Yay! I now have a complete set of looms! Granted, they are technically not Weavettes, but the pin setup is the same (my Hazel Rose loom can be used that way, but the pin setup is for bias weave, and I know I would get confused if I tried to do it the weave-it/weavette way). I will take pictures at some point, but not now... packing comes first! :-)

Thank you to the commenter who gave me all the info about the different rigid heddle looms - I was leaning towards the Emilia, and even more so now!!

Also, I edited one of my first posts, from last fall. Apparently part of what I wrote was misinterpreted by a couple of people who have children and do not realize that I have spent a LOT of time around them.

Six-Word Memoirs, the book

Okay, non-weaving content, and I missed "Weaving Wednesday." I had WORDY Wednesday instead - one of my six-word memoirs ("Even angry, toes touching in bed.") was the Memoir of the Day on SmithMag.net! I was pretty happy. If you've never heard of a six-word memoir, this video explains it.

Friday, February 6, 2009

I'm such a sap. If I get married again, I am definitely going to have The Wedding Loom. It may cost more than my dress, but that's okay, I can use it for every other special occasion after that, too!

(just hopefully not as a Divorce Loom, LOL!)
And now I want to find someplace I can build an EarthLoom... I think it would be a wonderful thing to have at schools. The students could weave wallhangings and then auction them off to raise money for - well, schools need money all the time, I'm sure the wallhangings would be made with SOME purpose in mind. Or, alternately, they could be made and auctioned in order to donate the proceeds to a "sister" school that is in more dire need of funds, or some other charitable organization. The possibilities are endless.
Weaving a Life - Journey Loom

Found out about this loom from a post on a weaving list today. I love the concept!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Someday, I am going to get a rigid heddle loom. There is a new one out from Schact, the Cricket, which at one point I would have thought was way too small, but now I think it a pretty good size. However, the Emilia, by Glimakra, is also small, and can have a double heddle setup, which I didn't see on the Cricket. Plus, the Glimakra is Swedish - they're all made in Sweden. And, of course, that gives that company an edge with me-with-a-lot-of-Swedish-blood, no matter how impractical. :-)

But then again, there's the Ashford Knitter's loom, which I had partly ignored simply because it irritated me that it seemed like they were using the name knitting as a gimmick to get knitters to buy a loom and get in to weaving (and I'm sure that's EXACTLY what it was), but now that I have looked at it, it DOES have the special heddle with the extra wide holes for the big funky yarns like all those gazillions of yarns that I collected the summer I was in NH and bought those "scarf-weaving" kits made out of netting... they worked great for them, but not so great for the weavettes once I got them! Those yarns are all in vacuum bags, in storage now.

All of these looms are small - the smallest Knitter's loom weaves a 12" width, so the body would be a little larger. The Cricket's body is 11" wide, so the weaving width is a little smaller. The Emilia weaves 13" wide, so the body would be a little larger, but that makes it close to the Knitter's loom, and it has the double heddle option while the Knitter's loom does not (but, the Knitter's loom has the heddle with the extra wide holes).

I haven't actually seen any of them in person, just done internet research. I won't be able to get one for a while. But I think I'm leaning towards the Emilia, despite the fact that the Cricket is quite a bit cheaper than either of the other two! :-) The other two have extras available that it does not, and I think in the end I would rather go with the Swedish loom that I can use two heddles on than the one I can use the fancy yarn on. Unless, of course, I end up finding out that I CAN use two heddles on the Knitter's Loom - then I may have to go with that one! Of course, ideally my next assignment would be in an area with a really good yarn shop that sells weaving supplies (and looms) and I would be able to try out one or all of them...

I've been packing up this apartment, since I leave here on the 15th (or so - probably more like the 17th since I have to do a walk-through with the apt manager on a business day) and finally decided to put a LOT of craft stuff in storage that I haven't used during the last two or three assignments. All the beads. All the weird odds and ends that I bought in Hutch and then never used. All the books except the rigid heddle books. The Christmas ornaments are going in storage, too, LOL! I may even pack up some clothes that I brought and never wore, and mail them back to myself. I'm keeping out everything weaving related and embroidery related, and the scrapbooking stuff, and mailing the rest. I have four boxes full so far (but they're not huge boxes, just what I had).

Well, back to packing... the weekend is supposed to be warmer, so I want to get my tubs packed by then so I can load the car while it's warm!!
WOW.

I am a bit behind on reading the weaving groups I belong to, as well as the blogs I subscribe to - I just haven't been weaving much for the last couple of months (in case you couldn't tell by the fact that I hadn't posted at all on my own blog for two months), so haven't been thinking about it in general. Today I have been getting caught up a bit, and saw this post on using binary sequences in weaving from the blog Talking About Weaving. It's fascinating, and led me to the blog, and then website, of the weaver/composer she was talking about, Nigel Morgan. That link is for his website- his blog is here. On the blog I discovered a poet I had never heard of, Kathleen Raine - the poem he posted, "Angelus," is amazing. When I went to his website, I discovered that he has mp3s available for download of all seven of her poems which he set to music for a performance in 2003 (the details are on his website).

Composer, weaver - what a talented person!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Weaving Wednesday?


My brother, in his blog has occasionally done "Wordless Wednesday" posts, where he just posts pictures of the triplets. I wish he would do that more - I love those posts, because although I think possibly he has only done a couple of them, he seems to pick the most beautiful pictures! So I thought maybe, to encourage him to make it a weekly practice, I would do Weaving Wednesdays. Which is a little silly, since this is a weaving blog anyway. :-) But maybe I will remember to blog on Wednesdays! I did read online that Wednesdays were associated with Athena, who of course was the patron goddess of weaving, so maybe it's appropriate. For now, I will just leave you with the above picture of a block I did on one of my weavettes - black and silver ribbon novelty yarn. I joined a bookmark exchange group on yahoo - maybe I'll use some of that yarn for the bookmarks!


weavette woven lunchbag 08 0001

I say "okay" entirely too much. I knew I wrote "well" too much - didn't realize how much I SAID "okay." :-)

This is a short "making of" video of the lunchbag I made from weavette squares and rectangles. I love it! It still needs a liner, but it holds its own against all those fancy Harrod's Knightsbridge bags in the fridge at work. :-)