I should be about all 3 really, but mainly I love learning something new. Last year it was cold process soap making, this year it's weaving. My 15" Schacht Flip Rigid Heddle loom (that I purchased from internationalfleeces.com because I love that site to bits.) arrived on the 31st, and I've spent today watching videos and reading up on how to do my first warp!
Funny tangent. My Mum is a fabo weaver but when I called her today to say Happy New Years you could hear the amusement in her voice when she informed me that I picked the *only* type of loom (Rigid Heddle) she hasn't used yet. Isn't that always the way? Ah well, I'm a big girl and she has some friends she recommended that may help with my "eek!" questions and the like.
Here is my progress so far. Feel free to correct anything I say/do incorrectly. I am learning after all and welcome any help!
She arrived! (My loom is a girl, and I need to come up with a name that suits her now. She'll also need to coordinate with my other gals: Agnes the spinning wheel, Clara the drum carder, Pearl the bicycle and Irma the Scooter/Moped.) I keep thinking Dorothy, Frida, Fiona or Iris. I'm sure I'll settle on something soon enough.
Now I'm sitting here scratching my head and watching videos about how to actually weave. I think I'm going to weft (check me out eh? Throwing all the terminology around! Hopefully I used that correctly lol) with a really pretty blue wool that is the twin to the wool warp in a different colour. First to put the yarn on my stick shuttles though!
More pictures as I go along. My poor sweater needs a left arm and a right cuff to be finished, but my new toy beckons!
What are you going to learn this year? I'd love to hear about your new adventures!