For Black Friday weekend I decided to obtain a few things that I have been looking at for years. One of them was the Blue Butterfly Originals 2″X6″ Pin Loom. I am a librarian and had always wondered about making my own bookmarks. I was not certain what type of yarn I would like to use with it so I started with a couple of bits of yarn that I had spun. According to the directions, which I skimmed over, you can use any yarn up to a bulky yarn. Within two days I had worked out that each bookmarks takes about 4 yards of yarn. 27 bookmarks later, IN TWO DAYS, I am still going strong. If any of my relatives actually read this blog, you are probably going to get a bookmark. One of my relatives is turning her old doll house into a car house for her two sons, and race car driving husband I am sure, so I think that these would make great little blankets or rugs for the cars.
I have ten more balls of yarn measuring 4 yards each wound up and ready to be woven, alas I actually have to work today. Since each of the bookmarks seems to take around 10-15 minutes to create I anticipate needing more yarn wound tomorrow morning. At first this loom seemed a bit expensive, with shipping it wound up being around $29 (Which is why I took so long to buy it), but since in two days I have woven over 20 of the bookmarks, using smaller amounts of yarn that I wasn’t sure what project I made them for, I think that this is well worth it. I think that this would be something that I would certainly consider adding to a craft show, though in order to justify the yardage of the yarn they would probably be about $3 each. I might make it $5 each or 3/$12. As the year winds down I am trying to figure out where I want things to go from here.
Right now I am balancing my books with some of the insurance money, and since my work is seasonal and two of my jobs have almost a month long break, January will be supplemented as well. In February I am going to start seeing if I can live off of my three jobs and what changes I need to make to my current situation. Starting in March I will be calling the Handyman that Mom and I have been hiring and seeing what he wants to put siding on the house and fix up the external garage. Those will be my two major home improvements for the year, and hopefully for longer than that. I do have someone currently working on getting rid of the mice in the house, I have high hopes for that situation.
That is what my life looks like now, though I think I’m going to give up on the food boxes, I do not think that they worked out how I wanted them to. I do not like sour flavors and everything seemed to have lemon juice or vinegar in them. I will see about using my instant pot to explore some other cultures with flavors I know I have a chance of liking.