Yes, I know I could make it myself. I know I should make it myself. But honestly, in about two years of looking at the project, I didn't do it. So I finally threw money at the issue.
Oh...what am I talking about? I bought a triloom off of Ebay. Item number 140332009110, if you want to go take a look. A triloom is a frame style loom, where you weave in a continuous loop. I know--that doesn't make much sense now. I'll post some pictures when I get it up and running. Anyway, it is shaped like a triangle, so you can get some great shawls off of it. Mine will be 6 1/2' long across the top. I got to try a smaller one out at the Griffin Dye Retreat that I went to early this summer, and had a great time with it. You warp and weave in one single process, which is really slick. I've been in contact with the gentleman who made mine, Gerard Schubert. He has been most pleasant to deal with, and let me know that it is on the way. I am sooooo looking forward to this!
In the meantime, I need to get myself a long afghan or tunisian crochet hook to use with it. I'd love to find a hand made wooden one, just because I'm a bit finicky when it comes to the tools I use. I love the feel of well sanded and finished wood. It just feels alive to the touch. If anyone knows of a good source, let me know. Otherwise, I'll browse Etsy until I find a good one. I tried looking at Michaels craft store today, to see if they had something that would work until I found the one I wanted. They didn't carry anything like that at all. Time to make a trip across the valley to the Fiber Factory. Ah, darn! I need to go browse my local weaving/spinning supply store. Whatever shall I do. Oh help, oh help. (And please don't throw me in the briar patch!)
While I was at Michaels though, I did pick up a few skeins of yarn for my first shawl. This is Lion Brand Homespun, in nummy colors. What do you think?
Yes, I know it is blue again. That tends to be what I reach for first. I swear, the second shawl will be a different color!