My loom arrived. A 24" Kromski Harp. I wove a scarf for my first project. And I actually remembered to take pictures!
This is the yarn I used.
It's worsted weight blue faced leicester. This is a new base yarn for me, and I'm quite pleased with it. I dyed several colorways, and they'll be available at Fairy Yarnmother as soon as I come up with names for all of them, get them labeled, and ship them off to Susan.
The first step was warping the loom. For all of you non-weavers reading this, that means putting the warp threads (the threads that go the length of the fabric) on the loom. There are a couple of ways of doing this, but I did the direct warping method, which involved clamping the loom to my kitchen counter and clamping a warping peg to my dining room table, and walking back and forth, pulling the yarn through one of the slats each time.
Once that was done, I cut the yarn at the peg end, wound the warp on the back beam, and pulled one of each of the pair of threads back through the slat and forward to the adjacent hole, and then tied all the ends to the front.
Then I was ready to weave! This is about halfway through the weaving. I stuck a piece of orange scrap yarn in at one edge every 6 inches so I could keep track of my length.
And here's my finished scarf!
I'm not really satisfied with the edges, but it seems no beginning weaver is, and this was a learning exercise. I was aware that most people have trouble with the selvedges being uneven or too tight at first, so I was very careful to avoid those problems…and so I have an even edge that's too loose. D'oh! But I found a tutorial that explained what I need to do, so my next project should be perfect, right?
I'm not sure how long it took me, but I know I was weaving a lot faster toward the end than when I started out, so I imagine I'll continue to increase my speed. The warping went pretty fast. I think I'll probably pick a different location though for next time. You can't tell from the photos, but there are cupboards directly above the counter I clamped the loom to, so I had to lean over to avoid whacking my head. My back got kind of tired after a while.
All in all though? Weaving totally rocks!