Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The new toy. For the moment.

So it isnt enough that I have trouble completing what I start when it comes to knitting. I'll get it done, but when I spin, it'll take me forever to fill up a bobbin and ply it up. Crocheting,,, geesh,, I haven't done it in ages. Tatting,,, I'm still playing around with here and there. Can we say I definitely get enough fiber in my diet??

But NO, it isnt enough. Well at least I'm testing out the waters this time.

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Meet,,,,, let's call her Bella,,the Beka Rigid Heddle Loom. She's a HUGE 10 incher, lmao. She came pre-warped, with one shuttle with above yarn attached. Thats a 4 inch Heddle on it and it also comes with a 10 inch Heddle. I can't think of the dent size at the moment,,, but the manufacturer does make 2 other dent sizes for both of these widths. And shuttles. And pick-up sticks. What was great tho,, it sells for about 60 bucks. I did a search online and found a site called www.simplykidstoys.com,,,the damage??? $44.44 with free shipping. Can we say sold?

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This is direct from the Beka website, and here's the link for it.

Ok I dont know why the link isnt working but the website is www.bekainc.com

" Our BEGINNER'S WEAVING LOOM is perfect for the young and the young-at-heart. An excellent loom for the beginning weaver, it also performs well as a portable loom for more experienced weavers. This loom features Beka rigid heddles which provide the weaver with an easy and reliable method of weaving. Both simple and complex techniques may be done with this loom. Made of hard maple, our BEGINNER'S WEAVING LOOM comes fully assembled with a pre-warped heddle. A basic project is started on the loom, ready for weaving. Our instructions move through the rest of the project, then go step-by-step through planning and starting another project. Enough yarn is included so the weaver can get started as soon as the loom is out of its box. Weave projects up to 10" wide X 3 yards long. The assembled loom comes with one shuttle. The started project uses a 4" wide heddle for a narrow band of fabric. A 10" wide heddle is included. Weight 4 lbs. Adult Assembly Required."

I dont know what type of assembly,,, I pulled it out of the box and started to weave, lol.

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I've gotten this much done,, its really simple. I'm more afraid of when this is used up and I have to warp it. At least it is small enough,,,, I shouldn't be having any fits or anything like that! So with the above I guess I'm making a strap of some sort! At least with the 10" Heddle,,, I should be able to make placemats,, tablerunners (it can weave up to 9 feet in length!). It can be a really good way to stashbust! Even if I use plain acrylic yarn, which I have plenty of still,,, I'll figure something out.

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Sorry about the fuzzy close-up. Them's the breaks with cellphone photography, lol.

Short of this, dealing with the weather, between the rain and the humidity that is doing me in today. Luckily,,, that we haven't really sweltered yet! Had Dr's appt with the Cardiologist,, went ok. At least I wasn't told that I'm doing anything terribly wrong,, so next visit is in 5 months, which is a very good sign for me.

The interesting thing was that on the way home,, I had stopped at a mall that has a Panera's and a Borders. I went to Border's first,, and for the first time,,,(havent even seen this in Barnes and Nobles) Interweaves Handwoven magazine. So of course I bought it. But I behaved,, not like other times,, where I feel I can be the sole support of Borders. So there I was in Panera's, with my Cobb salad and unsweetened iced tea,, perusing. Luckily in this issue, there is 1 single pattern (in cashmere no less) for a Rigid Heddle loom,, so I have to sit with mag and loom and see if I can possibly figure out what the hell they are talking about!

So I have to see if I get the hang of this quickly,, and how much I like it, cause hubby did tell me that he'll get me the RHL that I want for my B-day! And added I cant buy anymore yarn.

I had to explain to him about warping yarns/threads on cones. He he he...I still can be so evil!

The other interesting thing this week. We picked up a discounted bed for Jetta again. From Tuesday Morning,,, it was a bit small, but thick and cushy and for the price it was a steal. I put it out yesterday in the livingroom for Jetta. He comes over,, inspects,, sniffs,, sniffs some more. Then Smoochie showed up.

Minor dogfight ensues,,,,,

Look who won.

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3 Comments:

At 10:53 PM, Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Cool! Sounds like the perfect width for scarves! I might have to consider that someday.

 
At 6:43 AM, Blogger Bezzie said...

Hahaha! And so a new obsession begins!

 
At 6:09 PM, Anonymous Weaver said...

Oooh! You got a loom!!! What fun. Honestly, weaving goes through yarn faster than anything else.

 

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