Happy Birthday to Me! I turned 57 last week.
I had suggested to DH that he make some weaving tools for my birthday: a triple warping peg, for measuring out warp – That’s the lengthwise pieces of yarn you put on a loom. – and a yarn meter for measuring the how many yards are in a ball or skein. I thought one would be real handy for unlabeled skeins and the yarn I harvest from sweaters.
I’m not sure if it was because he didn’t quite understand how a warping peg is used – this 13 minute video with Syne Mitchell shows the entire warping process. To watch only the warping peg ‘action’ start at 5:15. – or if he just wanted to make use of the entire wooden broomstick, but he made me not just one, but two triple warping pegs!
And my yarn meter is almost finished. DH is turning a little measuring wheel, which I found at Harbor Freight Tools,
into a marvelous yarn meter with the help of a 2006 craf-te-ra-ti blog post.
Yarn will pass through an eye screw, wrap around the wheel and then pass through a second eye screw while on its way to my yarn ball winder. Each turn of the wheel represents one foot and moves the counter ahead by one. I just divide the number that’s showing by three to get yardage.
We still need to make a stand that will bring the meter up to the same level as my yarn ball winder and add the eye screws and some o-rings, quite large ones that are usually used inside water filters. Those will go on the wheel where the rubber bands are now, creating a deeper channel for the yarn to ride in – a very clever idea shared by Twosheep.
More weaving birthday goodies are ‘in the mail’. Interweave had a 70% off sale on their Handwoven magazine CDs, plus I found a 15% off coupon code. Whoo-hoo!! Such a deal!! Soon my brain will be overflowing with weaving project ideas. Once I’ve finished the sport-weight baby ripples and added crochet edgings to a bunch of fleece blankets, I’m going to Weave, Weave, Weave!!
DH also surprised me with two more G crochet hooks. Thank you, Sweetie. He’s so cute; he wanted to be sure I knew they were on sale when he bought them.
They may be small, but they’re such a thoughtful birthday gift; I no longer have to be so terribly concerned about misplacing my hook while working on a baby ripple. Why, one fell into a box of yarn the other night and I haven’t yet bothered to dump all the yarn and find it!