Monday, June 23, 2014

New Addition!

Wow! I can't believe it's been since January that I last blogged! And I thought you had more time after you retired! Well, a lot has been going on but I'm not going to try and catch up on everything in order. I'm going to jump in and give you the fun stuff first. I have a new floor loom, as in brand new! Back in April Roddie and I made a quick road trip up to Yarnorama so that she could look at looms (she's finally come over to the dark side). Susan has several there, and Roddie had been looking at the Baby Wolf online. The moment we saw it, we immediately knew that it was going to be too short. But there sitting next to it was the new 8-shaft Louet David. The weaving height is a bit taller and Roddie could sit at it comfortably. So after she decided that it was the one, I sat down to play with it a little. I swear it had sparkles all around it. Louet has brilliantly re-engineered this loom to fix all the things I don't like about my other looms. Long story short, I ordered one too! I told myself that I would sell the Ashford table loom and the Tools of the Trade loom to make room and partially fund this new one. It would take about 6 weeks to get here, so I had plenty of time. Sure! Eight weeks have now come and gone, and I still have all the looms (along with the spinning wheels). I still have the two up for sale, but so far no takers. And I'm not going to just give them away.

The 95lb box arrived on June 13th, but I had to drive up to Longview for the weekend, so I didn't get to unpack it until late Sunday afternoon. It comes partially assembled, but it still took about 5 hours to get it up and running and that included time watching their video. Since I already had a project picked out, I went ahead and tied up the treadles while putting the loom together. As you can see from the photos below, there is not a lot of room left. The great room that seemed so cavernous when we moved in 15 years ago is now overrun with fiber tools!

and by June 19th I was weaving! Woo-hoo!