I have a new toy*....and I can't help but think of it as a toy because it reminds me so much of the potholder loopy looms of my youth. (Although, truth be told, I still have one and I still use it occasionally when I need new potholders, because they are still THE BEST potholders EVER! and I don't use any other kind. But I digress.....)
Having that vast loom weaving experience, I wasn't prepared for the need to not only have the instruction booklet out, but the computer as well. The website says 15 minutes and you will have a square made! They lied. Either that, or my learning curve is much greater than they allowed for.
And user errors.
I was weaving along spendidly when I got to the point of tying off the ends. Oops. I was supposed to leave a 6" tail at BOTH ends? Drat. Here's where all those years of knitting experience comes in. Note the Russian join! aha!!! If it's good enough for a lace shawl, it's got to be good enough for a little coaster.
It was. You can't even tell which one had the mini-goof, can you? I did have to run right to the fridge and get a glass of tea to try it out. Works great. My old beat-up, well worn primitives usually don't get coasters....what's another water ring? But, now!!!!!
I'm sort of working on a coaster for every bare surface in the house!
*My new toy is a Zoom Loom by Schacht that I got at PurlSoho for the express purpose of making these coasters. I had visions of it being the solution for all my stray balls of yarn. It might help, but actually uses very little yarn per coaster. The good thing is I most definitely won't EVER have to purchase any more materials to use this; the bad thing is, I bought the version of the loom kit with yarn included!
reading this week? well, the instruction book!!!