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« on: July 28, 2012 05:18:14 PM »

Today is my birthday (yay!!) and my fiance and I went down to a LYS and he bought me a Cricket Loom.

I set it up this afternoon and made my very first project: a scarf!

It's about 5' long and almost 5.5" wide.

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I used Bernat Satin with a solid coloured warp and a variegated weft:


My edges are pretty wonky, but I figure that will fix itself over time.  It's a scarf - it'll be warm, wonky or not. Tongue


I'm still getting used to all of the new lingo, but I'm hoping I'll pick it up fast!

I think I'm going to try a plaid for my next project... then try some of the neat techniques I've found on Youtube. ^_^
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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2012 06:11:36 PM »

Pretty scarf and happy birthday! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2012 06:23:01 PM »

Thanks peachessunshine!
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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2012 06:45:29 PM »

Very pretty and hope you have loads more fun with your loom. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2012 07:56:17 PM »

Very pretty and hope you have loads more fun with your loom. Smiley

Thanks HSG!  It was really hard to stop playing with it so I could go to bed!
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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2012 08:09:02 PM »

Excellent job! I see you're as speedy at weaving as you are at crochet Smiley

And, happy birthday!
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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2012 05:02:37 AM »

Thanks craftADDchick!  I think a large part of the speed was the weaving itself... once you get the loom all set up, it seems to speed along. :-)
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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2012 07:51:22 AM »

Did you find the loom easy to set up? Back in my days of working at a weaving mill (I wasn't a weaver, I just made sure the yarn didn't run out Smiley ), that always seemed like the hardest part.
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« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2012 09:12:16 AM »

I don't find it hard to set up, no.  That being said, I did it wrong the first time (I didn't feed the warp over the closest dowel and so moving the heddle meant going from  the up position to the neutral position), and I did it wrong on the project I'm doing today (I forgot to feed half of the warp threads through the holes so moving the heddle did a whole lot of nothing.)

It seems like warping the loom takes a long time to me, but I think that's because there isn't a lot of set up with crochet or knitting, and my brain hasn't quite caught on to the fact that warping the loom is actually half of the weaving process, so when that's done, you just have half of the weaving left to go. ^_^
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« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2012 10:29:32 AM »

Happy (belated) birthday, and great job on your first weaving project! I can't wait to see some more. Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2012 12:54:26 PM »

That's why I wasn't a weaver at the mill! I was only a summer worker (my mom was the office manager), so I never got a chance to learn how to do it. It was a little too complicated to learn in a summer.

But, thinking about the warping as being half of the task is a good way to approach it. And, since it's the harder part of the job, you can know that you'll be doing the relaxing part once it's done! I would guess that the rhythm of weaving is very soothing.

I had a chance to get a full size loom last year, but I don't have space for it (or the time to do it), so I had to pass it up. It went to a good home, so that's what's important.
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« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2012 01:02:45 PM »

Happy (belated) birthday, and great job on your first weaving project! I can't wait to see some more. Smiley

Thanks!  I'm thoroughly enjoying the process (but it's cutting into my crochet pattern designing terribly! That's ok... I've taken the weekend off.)


That's why I wasn't a weaver at the mill! I was only a summer worker (my mom was the office manager), so I never got a chance to learn how to do it. It was a little too complicated to learn in a summer.

But, thinking about the warping as being half of the task is a good way to approach it. And, since it's the harder part of the job, you can know that you'll be doing the relaxing part once it's done! I would guess that the rhythm of weaving is very soothing.

I had a chance to get a full size loom last year, but I don't have space for it (or the time to do it), so I had to pass it up. It went to a good home, so that's what's important.

It seems complicated at first, but once you do it, it's not as bad as it looks.  Adding in the weft is quite calming, it's true!  Though, on my next project, I'm going to mess with that a little... see what happens. lol

My loom is 10" wide, so smallish projects only.  I think I'm going to be making a lot of scarves and perhaps some coasters on it.  I'm debating trying a blanket made up of strips... though, now that I think about it, I'm not sure how to tell how long the project is when it's all wrapped around the bar at the front.

It'd be cool to make bigger things, but warping those big looms seems daunting.  On the other hand... so did warping the one I've got before I did it...
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« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2012 05:48:55 PM »

I had a link to a purse that was made using a length of fabric from a Cricket loom, but I think it was bookmarked on my Mac, which has died... let me try to Google it... hmmmm... no luck.

But, it was made with a long piece that was somehow wrapped so that the starting and ending edges formed half of the body of the bag, and the middle section formed the other half of the body of the bag plus the handle, and then it was stitched together at the seams where all of the edges met. I can picture it...but I can't describe it very well. It was very clever, and it was a great use of long, narrow strips of woven fabric.
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« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2012 12:40:47 AM »

Nice! I'd buy one like that.
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« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2012 07:47:47 AM »

Welcome to the weaving world! I have a Cricket and they are very fun to use. I'm currently working on a project myself. If you are a member of Ravelry, there is a club just for Cricket owners so you should check it out. Lots of advice, tips and patterns there.  Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2012 08:39:53 AM »

Thanks for the heads up, vampedangel14!
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« Reply #16 on: July 30, 2012 08:59:53 AM »

Great work!  It looks lovely!
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« Reply #17 on: July 30, 2012 07:04:00 PM »

That's great! Looms are awesome birthday gifts Cheesy Happy birthday! I love the colors you chose, they flow so well together. I look forward to seeing more woven goodness!
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« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2012 08:08:59 AM »

Nice scarf! I really want to try this out now!
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