Okay, so I decided to go for it and I warped up a loom with 16epi cottolin for 4 yards. Now I have to figure out how to get it off of my rigid heddle loom and onto one of the tabletop looms, or if I will just use it for a weft for a future project. I wound the warp, warped the loom, threaded the heddles, made sure I had good tension…still! Every time I try to move a heddle to get a shed the entire thing starts going loosey-goosey. I’m done with it. I’m not really happy about this, however I tried and some days that is all you can do. I’m going to finally finish weaving off the towel I have on my table loom and see about threading this on there. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a better shed, I really would hate to waste all of this yarn, it wasn’t cheap, and I would love a table runner out of it.
On another note, I have also received my Strickpaner for 2020 and I am really enjoying getting to know it. They have a particular company that they work with to create planner stickers, I hope to check them out very soon. They have 7 pages in the front advertising their company and explaining about the planner. This is followed by a page of conversion charts, a page of time zones then 8 pages covering 2 years (2020 and 2021) with slots for important events each day of those years. This is followed by pages of goals, reflections, notes, lessons learned, then we get into quarterly overviews. Seriously, if I use this properly I should be fairly well set for the year. There are built in trackers, week spreads with inspiration and tips, this planner seriously rocks. On page 142 the knitting aspect of the planner begins, Project overviews, ideas, project pages, a pattern for a cover for the planner, yarn purchases, wishlists (yarn, book, accessories separated out), festivals, podcasts, stores, each have their own lists to fill in. There is so much more, spaces for the sizes and measurements of those that you love to knit for, indexed lists and notes. The notes are separated into index card sized, graph paper, and dotted paper, before going into a contacts section. After the contacts are schedules (quarterly which works really well with my work life), some more advertisements, and finally a page with a ruler and needle size conversion chart. This should be an amazing way to keep track of everything. They even had an option to purchase a huge set of stickers that contain knitting, spinning, crochet, etc. so that I can mark days when I was able to craft, or plan out days to craft.
I did make another purchase over the weekend, I finally bought a table for my 16 shaft floor loom. I’m not going back to that store in a hurry so they lost a lot of potential sales, but I did get the table I wanted. Story time: I went in and saw the table, as I was checking out the lavendar (for moths) and Goats Milk Soap, I need something other than Dial, I asked how much the table was. The saleswoman was very eager to tell me it was 90, I made a comment about getting it in a couple of weeks. She was all about, well I’m going to take it home if it doesn’t get bought, and such. I was honest and told her that my paychecks would be sorted out in a couple of weeks and I could afford it then, she put more pressure on and I guess I caved. Of course, I was honest, I’m going to be pretty flush in a couple of weeks but hey, if she wants to lose out on the purchases for a quick sale it saves me money in the long run. So, I have a table that will work for my loom and a couple of extra chairs. Right now I am in the middle of an 11 day straight stretch of work, however after that I hope to be able to begin setting up my studio. There are a few days where I do not have to be to work super early, so I could do something in the morning.
I think that’s enough for right now, next time I will discuss my silk dyeing and other experiments.
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