Friday, November 03, 2006

Power tools and sock loom

Whoa, I have been busy! I didn't realize it that it has been over a week since I last blogged. Loads of fun going on these days - and yes, I am in a daze.

One of the goodies I experimented with in October required me to play in hubby's workshop with power tools. Note the emphasis on those words. I do not have a lot of experience with tools that have moving parts. A mixer with more than 3 speeds sends me running for the manual!! So this was a major adventure for me.

The first thing I learned was that one power saw doesn't necessarily do the same as the next one. And each one has a different name. I immediately realized I was out of my element and asked dh for help!!

You see, I had been biten by the "make a sock loom" bug. It's a terrible illness that sends you into a frenzy of researching loom gauge, peg size and spacing, wood grains, diameters, circumference, negative ease, and makes you wonder about your santity. So after a couple of weeks of studying, I swatched some sock yarn and measured feet. Then dove in head first. What the heck!? Socks made on the loom will fit someone I know!!

Hubby came to rescue with explaining the many, many, many, many (sigh)....planning details once I told him what I wanted. Between the two of us, we came up with this

Looks a little like the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci but it is actually the sock loom in the pre-drilling of peg holes phase.

I'm so proud! I did the measurement and the drilled the peg holes. Then turned it over to dh for the cutting. I did the sanding and some of the hammering in of pegs. DH, who loves me very much, did the rest of the hammering in of pegs and even varnished it for me.

And here is the results.....

It is very slow loom knitting as the pegs are so close together. But I'm using real sock yarn and the stitches are LOVELY! I'm a deliriously happy sock addict! ;-D


Isela: Purling Sprite said...

Yay! It looks beautiful :)

Sorka said...

Look out Sam!! Kathy is gonna take over DA!! hehehhe Very nice!

angelique said...

I got a look at your loom and love it!