It’s easy to forget this is a blog and not a television show; web-log, not production number. Sometimes I put forth too much effort, I think. In the spirit of writing something self-beneficial, I dedicate this entry . . .
To my Windswept Mind:
Things I’m likely to forget even if I write them down, but which may surprise and delight me should I run across them later on.
Thing One–See the Signs
Signs a project has, or projects have, been abandoned:
For contrast’s sake–
Signs a project is, or projects are, fully active:
Thing Two–Notes regarding the Right Angle Triangle Loom. (See Hazel Rose video instructions.)
- Used 4 wraps. Too much. Try 3 + hypotenuse length + down from Cr3 to R8 (AKA 3 1/2 wraps).
- Worsted weight seems difficult to use: too thick along hypotenuse.
- Warp VERY loosely because even this stretchy yarn tightened up a lot.
- Fell line doesn’t remotely stay level.
- Aside from the awkwardness of learning to weave the triangle, the homemade loom feels fine.
- Using that 25th pin at the top is probably a must for visibility’s sake (to see where to catch the warp ends for R16).
- Numbered rows help you know when you’re on R16.
- Catching outer loop is obnoxious, but not difficult. [I suppose this is referring to the rows beginning at the hypotenuse and moving toward side 1-3, where it’s necessary to catch the loop of the row below . . . or was it above???]
- It’s awkward weaving on the hypotenuse edge (coming toward it from the 1-3 side). There are lots of tiny spaces.
Thing Three–the Weave-It Rug Loom
I bought one of these on eBay for a really good price. I’d heard about it a lot from people who wanted to weave thicker yarns on their looms. Even though thicker yarns hadn’t much interested me, I figured I couldn’t form an opinion without trying it.
Last night we bought the 55-cent dowel and repaired the loom. An interesting feature of the Weave-It Rug Loom is that holes for the pegs are drilled all the way through the frame. The significance of this is that when you work, your fingers contact the peg ends underneath the loom and loosen all the pins you just hammered in. Glue may be necessary.
The loom apparently requires VERY thick yarn. Bulky (#5) yarn is not thick enough.
While my first square was still on the loom, I wondered if I should add other material to fill in the gaping spaces. I decided to take it off the loom to see if it would gather itself in, but it didn’t.
Try, try again. For my second square, I used some hand-dyed Paton’s Roving yarn. It was slightly thicker than the previous yarn, but still not thick enough. I don’t know if Paton’s Roving yarn will felt, but I suspect not. I considered options for what I might add to the weaving to take up some of the room, but I liked the yarn so much as it is I didn’t want to mess it up with other junk.
For now the Weave-It Rug Loom is an occupied loom and the square, an unfinished project. We’ll see how long it sits there like that. Eventually I may have to give myself permission to unweave the semi-square and start over with something else. Or I may carry on right away if I can think of something extra thick I want to weave. In the meantime, I see the sign.