Look ma! I'm weaving!
It's really fun. Warping the loom, was an...adventure. I was using the direct warping method that was laid out in the Ashford book and it was all fine and good...until the warping peg flew off the table, taking the warp with it. The clamps that come with the loom, while pretty, aren't as effective as construction clamps (which I used after the disaster) and with Craig's help, I was able to salvage the warp and continue (since it was half done that part).
A word for the uninitiated...warping the loom means putting the yarn on the loom so you can weave (with what's called the weft yarn). It takes about 2 or more hours (more if your warping peg goes flying). It is the foundation of the piece and it's actually kinda fun (if your warping peg doesn't go flying). I was happy to have Craig's help and plan to have Emma do all the running work next time (when I will be less excited and take more photos). I spent a few hours weaving and here's the result:
The yarn is birthday yarn from a few years back. It's a fingering weight merino handpaint and I'm liking how it looks a whole bunch. I'm not finished yet and decided (in a moment of utter silliness because there really was enough room in the car) to leave the loom at home. I could be weaving while watching the lake right now...pooh.