Some people call it browsing the internet; others call it research, shopping, etc. I was doing that thing earlier today when I ran across a marvelous, but unpurchaseable, contraption.
I snagged a few pictures from http://www.knitting-and.com/blog/hazels_adjust_o/, but there are more. What an utterly spiffy little object! With this one loom “I could, dare I say it, rule the world” or, well, no, probably not. But I sure wanted to try it!
It occurred to me that I own an object kind of like it. My gadget is for shaping wire (a sport I gave up on some years ago).
I found my purple thingy (which is tantamount to a miracle) and stuck in the little pegs only to discover that the Weave-it configuration wasn’t going to work well. So I filled in the blanks and used a modified Weave-it-type warping method. Then I started looping yarn around the pins to measure the length of the weft. Both the yarn I was using to encircle the pins and the warp yarn popped off the pins–not once, not twice, nor thrice. I lost count.
Instead of wrapping the pins, I randomly cut off a length of yarn and began the weaving process. Every other thread had to be picked up with my fingernails because the needle couldn’t get under them without popping the yarn off the pegs. I had to hold the yarn down onto the pins–especially when I pulled the weft thread through each row.
At this point I will tell you that if you don’t have enough frustration in your life, I may have located a solution to your problem. Go get yourself one of these little wire wrapping gizmos at JoAnn or Michaels and warp it up with yarn. Then weave it. Nuff said. (I now know why the pins on the pin looms are so long. ‘Cuz if they weren’t . . . so long–to our weaving careers.)
Hazel’s Adjust-o-Peg looks like it has longer, snugger-fitting pegs than the wire wrapping device, so if you find one at a reasonable price, sheesh, snap it up. I understand it makes nothing larger than a 4″ x 4″ square, so it might not fit all your weaving needs. Nevertheless, it would be a fun thing to mess around with.
I am by no means discouraged with these results. Maybe if I could come up with longer pins . . . or drill holes in some other surface to create a similarly adjustable loom . . .
Guess I don’t have enough frustration in my life.