Sunday, April 13, 2014
Two Looms are Better Than One.
I'd been thinking about adding a small loom to my tools for a long time. My original loom, an Ashford Rigid Heddle loom, is 24" wide, the perfect width for towels and shawls. You can make narrower projects on it too, though it's a pain to stretch across that frame if you don't need to.
I though about getting a Sampleit Loom, or a Cricket. But I couldn't justify adding one more thing to the supplies I currently have. Then, one day on Ravelry, someone posted a practically new used 10" Cricket for sale at a price I couldn't refuse. It included all the heddles, 5, 8, 10 and 12 dpi, and lots of shuttles. This smaller loom is easier to warp and it's perfect for scarves and for experimenting with warps and with fancy weaves I have yet to try.
So now I have the Cricket. That's a sheet of paper inside the frame, so you can see the size. To keep the karmic balance in my stash, and to make space in the Closet of Doom, I passed one of my old Singer sewing machines to a friend who needed one.
This scarf, made with some fingering weight yarns, was a fast and easy getting-to-know-you project. Now that I've given my back yard its Spring spruce up, I have fantasies of sitting out there and weaving with the Cricket.