The other day I dropped into one of my Local Yarn Stores for a visit, and I was treated to being able to watch one of the gentlemen that is very active in the knitting community warping his new loom. The loom is 12 inches wide and he had to use a good chunk of space in the store to warp it. It’s also fully portable and folds down into something smaller than a lot of knitting bags that I have seen. (I should have taken photos, but I was sort of mesmerized by the whole thing and it didn’t occur to me until after.) It was fascinating and I asked a million questions and got a million answers. I was told that a scarf made of lace weight would take about eight hours. We can all agree that’s amazing. I was invited to riffle through his bag to see his other scarf. And it was beautiful and impressive and I loved it. There was a quality about the whole exercise that reminded me of the meditative qualities of spinning and I realized very quickly that once the process of warping the loom was finished that it would be very peaceful and enjoyable to use and create with.
But here’s the one question I didn’t ask (although the woman who had been sitting beside me the whole time did lean over and very quietly ask me the question that I had been thinking of), which is how many scarves, table runners, and placemats does one person actually need? I’m not trying to be sarcastic, I really don’t get it.
Knitting and crochet are very versatile. Spinning creates something that you can knit, crochet, or even weave with. But what does weaving create other than squares and rectangles of varying size? And why would you buy a loom if that is all you can do with it? I would love to rent a loom and try it out for a while because at some point I would get bored and the loom could be returned. My hubby says I don’t understand because I don’t sew and that weaving creates fabric that can then be used for other things. Is that what’s it’s for? Do you then cut up your place-mats and table runners and use that fabric for other things?
I’m hoping that someone who reads this does in fact weave. I am intrigued by the art form, but I just need a little more explanation please.