I'm taking the change in the political atmosphere as motivation to try something new as an outlet. I miss blogging and having an outlet to talk about knitting & other crafts. The non-craft world has changed, and it'd be foolish to think that there would not be changes in the craft areas, either. Seeing friends pick up certain crafts again or branch out into other ones pushed me to try weaving again. I sold my Cricket loom a few years ago because I did not have the time to weave. Now, I have even less time with school, but I will make time. There's something about the harnesses shifting, the weft creating the pattern with the warp, and the actualization of wearable art that is calling to me so strongly right now. (Not to mention the wraps that Ruth Carter created for Black Panther....amazing!)
The Ashford table looms seem like a good option for someone who does not have a ton of space (hello, apartment living) but wants to do more patterning than a rigid heddle will allow. The Schacht Wolf Pup & Baby Wolf are also great options since they fold up and don't take up much space, either. I thought that 8 harnesses would be too many for me to begin to teach myself, but a friend mentioned that I might get bored quickly with the 4 harness setup. Now that I know what I want, I can search for some good deals on used looms. It's smarter to check for a used loom than buying new right away.
Despite all of the weaving admiration, I have not stopped knitting. Among some of the things I can share is my Ondawa sweater. The Brown Sheep Prairie Spun DK surprised me with how great it feels and how well it shows cable definition. Below are just a couple of swatches, but more pictures will come when I make more progress on it.
Knitting the Ondawa calls for a yarn that will show off every cable twist and turn, and PS DK does not disappoint. I'm changing some things about the fit, going from a cropped boatneck dolman to a hip length crewneck cardigan with raglan sleeve shaping. I want to enjoy each stitch in this sweater, especially seeing people love theirs so much that they knit it twice! There's no way it'll be ready for spring, but I can take my time and have it ready for the fall.