Tuesday, August 19, 2008

When knitting isn't enough.

I have a "milestone" birthday coming up in a couple of weeks. Now, I'm not really one who gives much thought to age or "milestones," but I will use any excuse to treat myself.

I need a new hobby like I need another hold in the head. I've already got more ideas than time as far as knitting and other hobbies go. In fact, I have notebooks full of ideas that just lack the spare time to execute. But, I'm thinking seriously about buying a Loom. And I need your help.

I guess the most logical next step for a knitter would be to learn to spin your own yarn either on a spindle or a wheel. Well, I don't really have that urge. There are more than enough yarns on the market to suit my tastes, that I don't feel the push to learn spinning. And I did try to use a spindle once, and frankly, I failed miserably. So while I'm not saying that I won't learn to make my own yarn sometime in the future, for now I'm not ready to take it on. I think weaving may suit me, as well, because it is, compared to knitting, a much more instant type of gratification. A few hours to make a scarf rather than a few weeks.

So, I'm looking at looms. It needs to be relatively small (I don't have an entire room to dedicate to it) and preferably semi-portable. It needs to be reasonably priced (I'm not refinancing my house to purchase a craft item). And, most importantly, it needs to be reasonably easy to use without human instruction.

I've done a bit of research, and I have a few candidates:

Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom (32" size)
Asford Knitter's Loom (perhaps too small, even for a beginner?)
Schacht Rigid Heddle Flip Loom

I should say that I know nothing about weaving or how to use a loom. I am, however, fairly confident that I will be able to figure it out using books and internet as needed. I taught myself to knit from a Wal-Mart pamphlet, so I have some hope. Impressions, experiences, general opinions, and general commentary most appreciated in the comments.

4 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Debbie said...

I've been getting that same urge. I have no interest in spinning, either, but lately the looms have been calling me.

I'll probably resist this one, I don't have time for the things I already do, but if you do you might convince me.

I think the Graft Guild of Iowa City might offer weaving lessons.

Knittripps said...

I've been interested in weaving lately too. I really need to spend more time at my spinning wheel before I can justify another big ticket purchase though!

princessquiltandknitalot said...

Vicky Tardy in Iowa CIty is an excellent nationally known weaver, she gives lessons. I took them last year from her.

AndreaLea said...

Weaving has always looked like a nice hobby. I hope you find something suitable so I can weave vicariously through you.

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