Sunday I did pretty well, emotionally. Monday I started sinking. Tuesday I spent a lot of time crying. Today I could barely wake up, and when I was awake I was super-tense. Fuck me.
I’m doing some cool weaving, though: that sampler for my sister. I’ll post pics after I’ve given it to her Saturday. I’ll have it finished tomorrow, and wet-finished in time for Saturday lunch. It looks amazing and I may have to make myself one (different but similar).
I’ve been hanging out on a rigid heddle weaving forum, and some people got to talking about pin looms. They were popular from the 30’s to the 60’s. They’re very small looms, 4×4″ on average, and in 15 minutes you can make a square (or other shape). Sew them together, and you can make just about anything. When I heard about these my ears perked up, not just because it’s a way to weave on the go but also because a square takes about 8 yards and I have a lot of tiny skeins of handspun laying around. Perfect! I asked about handspun on a pin loom, and had a few people say it’s a great way to use up odds and ends.
The site I linked to above has several scans of vintage loom patterns and weaves. You can do a lot of different types of weaves using weft floats, twill, and even ribbing of a sort. So the squares don’t all have to be identical plain (tabby) weave. There are some that look like right angles and wide straight bits, and I’d love to make a bunch of squares that look like a maze when put together. the scanned booklets have given me lots of ideas.
So yes, a cheap pin loom will be arriving tomorrow. It’ll give me another way to distract myself from my stupid fucking depression…