There's something about being a parent that makes you sorta wish that your child takes after you, looks like you, has your best qualities and likes to do the same things that you like to do.
Girlfriend can't stand knitting.
There. I said it: She can't stand it.
She likes fiber. She likes fabric. She loves to paint and to draw, but for the life of me, she's just not going to knit any time soon. And the more I talk about it, the more she shrinks away.
Enter The Loom.
I got this idea that she might like to use a medium-sized rigid loom. I do already own an Ashford Knitter's Loom that I got from Paradise Fibers, but I thought that having one of her own might be something that she'd like to do. Not to mention, I have yarn coming out of my ears, spilling out of otherwise empty lugguage, hiding in drawers and up in my closet. I'm literally drowning in it. HWWV always says, "Hey, why don't you just sell it?" but let's be honest, just you and me: It's all good stuff; I don't WANT to sell it. I WANT to KEEP it. Go ahead and try to make me sell it, Mister.
This 16" Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom comes in a box and needs a little attention before assembly. It is this gorgeous Silver Beech Hardwood and is unfinished, so I gave it a coat or two of paste wax the night before we put it together.
This is a process that can be done on your own, but I figure a 12-year old--even though she knows how to use certain power tools--needed some supervision.
I also figure that if you get to assemble it on your own, that it feels more like it belongs to you. That is, unless we're talking about IKEA furniture. That's an entirely different ball of wax.
Speaking of wax, we put some candle wax on those spindle thingys. And no, I do not yet have all the lingo down. (Ha ha, come to think of it, that's a candle from, you guessed it: IKEA!)
The process, all in all, took about 20 minutes. Right after that, we warped it and so far, Girlfriend made a short scarf and tied the ends last night. She has been weaving each night, and after she goes to bed, I grab it and work on it a little while she sleeps. When she finished up the scarf, she remarked how quickly the whole process went. I didn't have the heart to tell her that a little weaving gnome had been working on it behind her back.
Stay tuned: I'm going to go through my Knitterly Things Vesper Sock yarn stash and help her warp her loom so she can make a striped scarf. I'll take pics and show you how it goes. I also think that I will be warping my Ashford Knitter's Loom (both from Paradise Fibers--very affordable and great service) and compare and contrast their performance.
BTW: I have a Mystery KAL starting in October with Craftsy! Check it out here! It's on sale right now for $24.99. I just know that you'll love the project. I have to keep it under wraps for now, but as soon as I can post pics, I will.