I don't need another hobby. As it stands, I have notebooks full of ideas, a queue of knitting projects a mile long, and a full time job. But...
Last Sunday we left my parent's house, and stopped very briefly at the Iowa Sheep & Wool Festival. We were there for maybe 20 minutes. And it was raining. Rykert walked the dog while I perused the market. Last year I was very tempted to purchase a Knitter's Loom. And I was tempted again this year, but it seemed like too big of an investment for a spur of the moment purchase. So instead, I settled for a small 6" loom.
The loom is produced by Hazel Rose Looms out of California. And is very similar to the Weavette (I can't find a decent link, but just Google if you are curious). They make them in a variety of wood, but mine is Oak. I think I could probably make one of these with the help of my dad.
I decided that it would be the perfect use for the very pretty variegated yarn I purchased at Iowa City's What a Load of Craft last Christmas. I hate knitting with variegated yarn because of the pooling, but I forget this and am always lured in by pretty colors.
It took me a couple of tries to wrap the warp. And frankly the loom came with an awful little instruction book that is poorly put together and offers limited instruction. But through the wonder of YouTube, I figured it out and was weaving in no time. In the time it took to watch Steel Magnolias, I had finished the weaving.
I was a little nervous to pop it off, but it stayed intact.
So, what will I do with little squares? I don't know. I guess I could sew them together to make a placemat? Or blanket? It's a fun diversion, and there will be more squares in my future. And, I still want the Knitter's Loom.