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The more things change…

Moya, dressed up and ready to go

…the more they stay the same. It’s a cliche, but no less true because of that. Let’s face it, there’s a reason for cliches, and it’s not a lack of truth!

Take, for instance, knitting looms. I played with some version of them ceaselessly as a child. Mostly, I had the spool type of knitting loom, creating dozens of thin little tubes that served no actual purpose but were fun to make. I loved them, but I outgrew them. Flash-forward nearly forty years, and here I am again. There are thirteen knitting looms at present, hanging on my walls. Almost caught up with my weaving looms. Yes, I bought the longest of the Authentic Knitting Boards. It’s 38″ long and fine gauge. I haven’t used it yet, as I’ve got two afghans going already on other knitting looms, but I have one planned for it for me! I’ve already got the yarn for it. It’s acrylic, but it was so pretty I couldn’t resist! I also emailed a lady who makes knitting looms on Ravelry and asked her about making one of the infinity looms that are about 60″ if you straightened them out. The only ones I’ve seen are plastic with a wide gauge, and my preference is wood with metal pins. She’s looking into it, and I’m looking into my budget! She said $65 plus shipping, which is a great price, but I’ve got to work that into the budget.

I’ve got Moya warped for the first time in awhile. I’ve missed her! One of my guilds, Front Range Fiber Artisans, is having the annual sale in November, and I want to put at least one inkle bag in it, more if I can, so she’s ready to go. I’ve got the largest warp on her that I’ve ever tried yet, so I’m hoping to be able to make a good-sized bag. 

I also went up to Table Rock Llamas yesterday, just because I love the Black Forest views, and had one of the owners give me a quick demonstration of how to spin on a spindle. I’ve got two of the things and could never figure them out, no matter how hard I tried or how many videos I watched on Youtube. I’ve got a better idea now, and have actually  managed to spin a respectable bit of yarn, though it’s slow going. I’m having trouble with drafting and keeping the spindle going, but I love the things, and could easily see myself collecting them! There are some truly gorgeous ones at Golding Fiber Arts. I’ve never bought one, and certainly wouldn’t have the experience to say how well they spin, but they’re beautiful. They’ve also got some beautiful weaving looms and spinning wheels, but they are truly expensive…way over my budget!!

Hubby and I had another discussion about life plans, and we decided that I’m going to go for it as far as veterinary technology. Hubby says that he will stay home with the girls while I’m in school for the next two years, putting off finishing his own degree. So I’ve done my entrance interview at Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology. Assuming I can get financial aid, I’ll be starting in January. I’ve got my fingers crossed!

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