Weaving is a rather quick way to use up yarn, especially some the yarn that makes you wonder why you ever bought it.
Years ago, I bought a Schacht rigid heddle 25″ loom. I used it some . . not much. Our Texas house is so small and while the small loom doesn’t take up a lot of room, it does take up enough to create problems in a house the size of our house there. Then, add a blind dog to the mix and the weaving and spinning came to a halt. This is a post I wrote when I was first thinking I might buy a loom. This is the post I write when I bought the 25″ loom.
Last year, after talking to my friend, Denise, about her table top loom, I decided to by a Schacht 15″ Cricket. Here’s that blog post. Now it’s been a year and I haven’t used it yet. So, one might think I’d stop buying looms but . . nope!
About a month ago, Chad told me about an auction in Nevada, MO. I think I mentioned it. There were looms, all kinds of knitting things, including yarn . . and even though I was in MO at the time, I didn’t have time to go over and attend an auction and with COVID, I didn’t really want to so Chad told me I could call and place my bid so I did that and I got this Schacht 15″ Cricket loom.
Yesterday I got the loom and it’s perfect. I don’t think it’s ever been used. I actually knew the lady who was having the auction and when we lived there, she had a yarn shop so I’m assuming this is one she had for sale and it didn’t sell or she may have had it set up as a display model.
The loom itself sells for about $200 new. The extra reeds are $40 – $45 new. I didn’t know I was getting two extra reeds and I got the whole thing for $80. My thinking for buying a second one is that Addie and/or Nicole might want to weave with me some day.
With the two Crickets and the 25″ loom, I can see us all sitting and weaving. I doubt Addie will have much interest or really get into it – there’s a lot of sitting and doing what she will probably consider “boring”, repetitive work but at least she can get exposed to it and some day, she may decide she enjoys doing it. I’d rather see her outside playing but on cold, snowy days, it might be something to keep her occupied for a while.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to be able to sit in front of a window and knit, spin or weave and watch it snow.