The last couple days, I've been trolling online looking for projects and any information about using the Cricket Loom I recently received for my birthday. Everyone talks about how easy it was to use, how warping was a breeze, etc. I think that often bloggers talk about their success in doing something and not quite as much discussion about their difficulties. This often makes me feel rather insignificant. I was the person in the intro to spinning class that struggled the most, and I often find that things don't come that easily to me. Sometimes I feel that I'm the only one like this, other people pick up a wheel or spindle, and in minutes, spin like a pro. Same for looms, you should see all the beautiful projects online that people claim was their first. I'm jealous!
So, this morning I set out to warp my loom for the first time. It seemed to be going quite well until I realized that I had missed a crucial step and had to cut the yarn off the loom. I tried a second time. Just as I was almost done, the warping peg came off the shelf I had it clamped too. The yarn could not be salvaged and I had to cut it off the loom once again. At least this time it wasn't due to user ineptitude!
Third try it FINALLY worked, phew:
I did have to use a second colour on the warp after the two misfires I had run out of the yarn I was intending to warp with. Warping takes TONS of yarn I have learned. After a break that included going for ice cream on the pier with Joe (I needed the break by then!) I was back at the loom, and had it all ready to weave in no time. I was hoping things would get better by then, and for the most part it did. Except for one small thing, I missed a couple notches when I was threading the yarn through the heddle. I have no idea how I managed to do that (although I did pull a loose piece right out, that would account for one or two slots perhaps).
You can kind of see the gap towards the left. At any rate, I didn't care, this was going to be a learning experience, and after all, I was weaving! And let me tell you, weaving is a lot of fun. I wove right through dinner time, I just couldn't put it down. In what actually seemed like no time at all, I cut my work off the loom and tied in the ends.
While this was supposed to be a scarf, it will simply serve as a souvenir of my first attempt at weaving, something from which I can now gauge any progress, just like the first handspun single I came across today, ugh! Things can only get better from here. I think weaving is going to be a lot of fun, and I can't wait to warp my loom and get weaving again, probably tomorrow. My main problem continues to be that I have way too many fun hobbies, and not enough time to do them. If only I didn't need to work or sleep. Maybe I should go buy a lottery ticket.