*Note: I wrote this post nearly a week ago but then our computer caught a virus from hell before I could get the pictures loaded. We seem to be back in business - fingers crossed!
I got to go to a really cool store last week two weeks ago. I was up in Michigan for a whirlwind visit with my sister who was in Troy overnight on a business trip. On my way home the next day, I took a detour to Howell, MI to check out the Spinning Loft. So cool!
They stock fiber, spindles, spinning wheels, looms, books and accessories. The spinning wheel room had 8 or 9 wheels in it and you could try them out if you wanted.
I got some beautiful fiber. This is undyed blue-faced leicester and I love how the brown and cream are blended. I am torn between wanting to spin this as-is and wanting to dye it to see what tone variations I'd get. I bought a pound of it, so maybe I'll do both!
My other purchase was a bit crazy and spontaneous. In my defense, the gals at the shop were marvelous enablers and the angel on my shoulder was still asleep after a very late night talking with my sister.
Yes, that is another rigid heddle loom. The Ashford Knitting Loom, to be precise. 12" wide with an 8 dent heddle. Did I really need another RH loom? Well, technically no, but I had been hankering for something smaller and more portable. I love my 24" loom + stand, but I can't exactly toss it in a tote bag and take it out with me. Carting it down from my craft room to the living room is about as far as it ever gets. This new loom is so small and light that I can use it on my lap while I watch TV in bed. I can throw it in my backseat to use on my lunch break. I might even be able to take it on trips!
In the first week I owned the loom, I zipped through 2 scarves. The first one is only 4" wide. Cream Wool-ease for warp, variegated Comfort for weft (leftover from this shrug). This baby is long, way over 6 feet. M has claimed it.
For the second scarf, I used a cone of rayon chenille that I ordered sometime last year. Cannot remember where I got it, but Paradise Fibers and Yarn Barn of Kansas are both potential sources. I love the accidental plaid-ness of this scarf and I think I'll be keeping it for myself. (I also have to get my hands on more chenille - heaven to weave with!!)
Since I wrote this post, I have blasted through two more projects. I have also started a sock and I have about 2" of a new sweater. With NCAA basketball on around the clock for the next three days, I suspect there will be more to show by Monday. Pictures to follow!