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A bit of good news

Despite being told, by implication, that I am the one at fault for the whole inkle loom mess with Wasatch Fiber Arts (I’d really like to know how), things are improving by leaps and bounds on the inkle front.

Mug rug #1

Not with WFA, as I will never purchase anything of theirs again, but I ordered an oak loom from Northwest Looms a couple of days ago, and it is shipping out today! I can’t wait. Honestly, the whole mess with WFA turns out to have been a good thing. The Northwest inkle loom is much better in construction, and is closed on both sides, though one side can be removed in order to warp it. That construction gives it more strength, which can only be good, since I’ve heard that the warp can tighten way down on these looms. So that should be here in a few days…a far cry from the last two-month-long fiasco. I had initially ordered Northwest’s loom in cherry, but they wouldn’t be ready to ship for another week, so I switched to oak. The lady I spoke to said the oak has more grain in it anyway, which, I’ve said before, I love, so I’ll undoubtedly be happier with it.

I went to a meetup in Boulder on Saturday! It was a knitting meetup, and I don’t’ knit, but I had a great time anyway. It was other Colorado Ravelers, so it was great to have faces and real names to put to the avatars I was seeing online, and the bar and grill we went to had great ambiance and delicious food! I should’ve brought a project with me, and next time I will! I didn’t bring Chiana, which I had just warped that morning, because she’s kind of clunky to move around, and I was afraid of pegs getting jounced and broken. If I’d been thinking, I would have just brought River along!

I finished the samples on Zoe, optimistically called mug rugs. I only got 3 1/4 out of the warp, because while on the last one, the selvedge warp string

Mug rug #2

snapped. I tried to fix it, but it just wasn’t happening and would just snap again at the first sign of any tension, so I finally gave up and cut off the warp. I haven’t washed them yet to set them, but that’s next on the agenda. And after that, I’ll be trying to write up a draft and warp Zoe by myself. A daunting task!! But I have to try it sometime, and there’s no time like the present. Besides, the Weaver’s Idea Book  showed up from Amazon yesterday, and there are patterns in there I’d like to try! I need more color in my stash though. Right now I’ve got sage green, brown, black in cotton, and a muted tan in linen. Really not much color there to work with, and I like jewel tones. I swear, between weaving books on Amazon, pants for my girls, and yarn and weaving supplies on Etsy, I know where all of my allowance is going for the next little while!

I also finished another scarf on Chiana. I found this beautiful textured,

Mug rug #3

chunky yarn by Lion Brand at WalMart. It was all of those wonderful autumn colors that you only get to see in certain places. I think, if I tossed the skeins into a pile of leaves, the only way you’d find it would be by touch! The yarn has a crimp to it that just adds more texture to it. This scarf is mine!!

Scarf done on Finniwig peg loom

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