So a few weeks back Anna contacts me and tells me she has this weaving thing she wants to send me, because she’ll never use it, and it’s been sitting around her house, and she just wants to give it to someone that will use it!!! I thought, oh man how fabulous!!! Maybe it’s a peg loom, and the kiddo’s can have at it, and leave my stuff alone. Then we got to talking size, and I thought, ooooh, maybe it’s a baby inkle loom, or a back strap loom!!!! Wow, those would be wonderful also!!! Soo my mind is whirring away with all these ideas, but little did I know what a Fabulous thing she had to send!!! Here it is (and no, I don’t have any wonderful pictures of it in all it’s glory with all it’s parts just in one picture, because NO ONE has left this thing along long enough for me to get a good shot of all of everything together LOL)….
So in the beginning there was much to do about figuring it all out. There are weights, and counter weights to be figured in. If you add too many weights into the bag that holds the string down, you get a very tight braid. Not enough, you get a looser braid. It came with 16 Tama bobbins. We’re only up to using eight so far, but a 16 string cord one day would be mighty impressive!
And yes, in the beginning there was a melt down by Miss Emily, and there were fights over who was going to make the first cord! I snitched all of it away from them until they settled down, and I found an easy pattern that you just take two of the threads, and you go from 6 o’clock up to the middle of the 12 o’clock threads, then you take the outside 12’s to the 6 position, and then do the same from the 3 o’clock side over to 9, and then the outside 9s to the 3. And yeah, Emily picked the red and pink for Valentines. Nobody else liked that! We’re blues, purples, and greens, kinda folks. 😛 She’s on her second cord now though, and made it yellow and orange. Ugghh! But she figured out how to make a twisty cord. It’s coming out very pretty! I’ll have to figure out the macro mode on my camera again to get pictures of all the pretty cords! We’ve bought beads and pendants now too, and they’re going to try making jewelry out of it all! Every time we go into JoAnn’s they are allowed to pick ONE two dollar pendant!!! First time we went in there and I let them off in the beads section while I went to the yarn, and they came out of there with $40 worth of beads and pendants!!! I made them put most of it back, and we got out of there with $8 worth. 😀
And yes, the kitties think it’s a glorified cat toy! Always circling, but they haven’t messed with it yet. Smart kitties!
So then there was much back and forth, because they can’t take this big ol thing on the road, and in looking up things on how to make cord they came across all of these Youtubes with people with a little white foam disk, so guess what I ended up getting also? Yep, first one foam disk, and now another. They used their Christmas and birthday monies on that though. So now there is much of this going on everywhere…
Now today we are back to schoolwork, so there won’t be much of cord making til paperwork, reading, and chores are finished. Muhahah! I am a mean ol mom!!!!
In knitting news… Now that the huge order of mitts is out of here…
I am working on a baby sweater! A blue baby sweater. All of the pink and red have been purged from my desk!!! 🙂