A Weaver’s Birthday

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!

432 triple warping pegs

This is Very Cool because, if I ever need to measure out an extra-looong warp, I can set them up something like this and they’ll substitute for a much harder to store warping board.

And my yarn meter is almost finished. DH is turning a little measuring wheel, which I found at Harbor Freight Tools,

432 measuring wheel

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.

432 DIY yarn meter

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.

432 G hooks

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!

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10 Responses to A Weaver’s Birthday

  1. Jill Goldberg says:

    What a thoughtful husband πŸ™‚ (And good with his hands, too!) Happy birthday, hope it’s all good πŸ™‚

    • DH loooves to make things and one of his favorite sayings is, “Use the Right tool for the job”, so what could be more fun for him than to build some tools?!? lol.

      I had a lovely birthday, Thank You! – It was last week actually. – We stretched the ‘Celebration’ through the weekend with a couple fun outings. I’ll share more later.

  2. Verneta says:

    Happy Birthday, Linda! Hope you had a wonderful day celebrating you! What a thoughtful and loving husband you have!

    • Thank You, Verneta.
      I spent ‘My Day’ at home doing ME stuff. It was great. I told DH that I wasn’t cooking and, since neither of us felt like going out, he picked up some take-out on his way home. πŸ™‚
      Yes, he is, although he’s sometimes incredibly forgetful too! But then, aren’t we all? lol.

  3. another Sharon (sharonb42 says:

    Happy Birthday. Hope you had a wonderful day. You are just 7 years older than my oldest child!!! Wow, that makes me sooooo old.

  4. Barb says:

    Happy Birthday. It looks like you enjoyed yourself. You have a charming husband… we should all be so lucky! Can’t wait to see what you weave!

  5. Linda, Happy Birthday to you! Such great gifts! And that the G hooks were on sale, too. πŸ˜€

    I finally pulled out my Bernat Softee. I have two full 5oz skeins and 4 partials. And each skein is a different color! How in the world did that happen?! Lol. I won’t be starting a baby ripple anytime soon, but at least I know what I have and with your info I know how much I’ll still need. Now, I can be on the lookout for sales on Softee! Thank you!!!

    • Thank you, Karen. Every time I get out a pale pink G hook I’m going to remember how pleased DH was that he got it on sale. πŸ™‚

      I can’t quite see the color combination from here, but it sounds like you probably already have the fourteen ounces of yarn you need for a baby ripple. . . do you average about an ounce each on those partial skeins? If so, go for it!

  6. Oh! I meant to compliment you on your hyacinths! Yay for spring!

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