Book aquisition

I haven’t been attempting to weave much lately. I’m still getting books from the library and reading what I can in between bouts of knitting, showing the house, reading blogs, and stalking ebay for things like shuttles, yarn, and books. I managed to snag a copy of Warping All By Yourself and from what I’ve read so far, this book is good for me. Other books do give you some idea of how to warp the loom alone, but this one goes into some things that I don’t remember reading in other books. For instance, I don’t recall seeing another book talk about tying a separate yarn that has been marked onto the warping board and exactly where to put the ties. One thing I didn’t do was cut the warp off the board when I was making a chain, I just pulled the end off and got started. I don’t know how much it will matter in the end as I haven’t had the chance to wind another warp yet. Another thing is putting a stick at the front to start the heading. I think this will be helpful for me as my first attempts were a little wonky when I began. And it’s possible that other books do tell you these things and I just haven’t run across them yet. All in all, I’d say it was $10 well spent.

Now I just need to get some shuttles. I don’t want to invest a lot in them until I find which works better for me. I’ve read discussions on the different weights and what works for one might not work for another. Unfortunately, there isn’t any place around here that sells shuttles so I can’t feel them before buying. I’m leaning heavily towards end feed shuttles (the most expensive of the different types, of course) but again, won’t know until I can actually try one.

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