Crazy as a Loom

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Say it ain't so

I have great daughters.  I guess I've told you that before.
But they're not just wonderful when I'm down and out in the hospital and NEED them.
They are also there for me when I have harebrained  wonderful ideas that I need HELP implementing.


I have dragged DH all over the countryside to satisfy my loom addiction.    This time he was up for the trip as well, but it was a lot of least 8 hours.   I knew I couldn't do it, and worried about him driving that much all at once, so I called daughter #1. 

Now I know you are all saying........"WHAT??ANOTHER LOOM?DID I HEAR THAT RIGHT?"

I know, I know.
And yes, I did just have major surgery 3 weeks ago today. And yes, I have .....15, 16.......looms......I lose count.
But this time there really is a 'method to my madness'.
I have wanted a "dobby loom" forever.  I have coveted an AVL dobby loom in particular.  But every time I saw one for sale, it was either more money than I could spend, or more likely just too far away to even consider.
Then, just 10 days after my surgery, while googling around......I found it.  It was perfect.  Exactly the loom I wanted.  Price.......doable.   Distance.....ack.......EIGHT hours.
But after lots of emails, and a couple of phone calls, a deal was struck............and an agreement with the seller to "meet me in the middle".
And THAT'S how it happened.
Sunday was a long day......DH and I left home at 7am.........picked up my daughter............finally got the loom back to the studio at 5:15pm, where L and her sister were waiting to help unload it.
Luckily, the front door at the studio is 36" wide, so with not much trouble, it arrived unscathed in the center hallway.
Even though it was made in 1988, it is really in beautiful condition.

Yesterday morning, L and DH and I somehow.......(I am still in shock)....managed to wiggle it through the door into the living room.......without taking it apart. 

 This is going to be a learning experience for me and for L.

I was a little overwhelmed last night, reading the manual, which is HUGE.
I kind of wondered WTH did I just do??  Am I nuts??

 But then today, after my first PT session...........L and I took a look at it.  She put things together while I read instructions to her. 
And suddenly, it started to come together.
 I had some questions...........but I think I have the answers.
And I think I can do this.

 You might be asking why?
And the short answer is:  I think this loom is going to be easier on my body. 
And I actually SOLD two looms that I love, to buy this one. 
It's all part of my downsized, redesigned, "new to me" reality.

Sydney says:   You're making me tired, Mom.  For real.


Cait Throop said...

Wow! That is SOME loom, Hilary! You must be feeling better!!! And next weekend we are driving 8 hours in one day to see a horse (or two and ride) I completely understand. :)

Country Girl said...

Oh my gosh, Hilary. Congratulations on your purchase of something you have always wanted. Worth the effort, I would think. It's beautiful - looks brand new.

the wild magnolia said...

Hilary, you is a crazy woman.

Enjoy the new loom......

Steph said...
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Steph said...

Awesome!!! So happy to hear all this!!! S

Shuttle, Hook and Needle said...

Here I was worrying that you were gonna sell all your looms, give away the cats and sell the house!
Glad you found an AVL. They are a learning experience.

Devon said...

So great to see you excited and doing so well... I can't wait to see what you create with that beauty!

Liz aka Fibergeek said...

I am so glad you feel well enough to want a new loom. There have been lots of times lately when you did no care to ever weave. This looks like a fabulous loom too. One of these days maybe I will have one like this. Until then, I am going to enjoy the beautiful things you make on yours.

Liz aka Fibergeek said...

I am so glad you feel well enough to want a new loom. There have been lots of times lately when you did no care to ever weave. This looks like a fabulous loom too. One of these days maybe I will have one like this. Until then, I am going to enjoy the beautiful things you make on yours.

Country Gal said...

Oh WOW ! That's great she is a beauty ! I am happy for you . Looking forward to seeing some of your amazing work done on it ! Have a good day !

Deb said...

I've driven 8 hours to adopt a cat Hilary so I totally understand. It is beautiful and I can just imagine what gorgeous work will come off of it. Have fun with it and so happy to see you back to yourself again. Deb

Anonymous said...

You are making me sooo dizzy. Sell a loom, buy a loom, get rid of looms, purchase new looms... ai ai ai. This old gal simply cannot keep up. LOL But it sure is a purdy loom!

Acorn to Oak said...

Wow! How exciting! I've been dreaming of an AVL dobby loom for years too. Maybe someday. I'm so happy for you and can't wait to see how it works out for you and what all you create with it. Eeeeeee (excited sounds I'm making for you!) :-) Have fun!

Need A Latte Mom said...

Holy cow woman!
Looks rather intimidating if I do say so myself.

Hilary said...

You really are crazy as a loom.. and I'm happy for you. :)

Susan said...

I'm hoping that with this task you are feeling better than you have for months! I can't wait to see the magic you create from this exquisite loom, XOXO

moosecraft said...

Quality.... instead of quantity... You've got it! Enjoy your new loom! :-) And, some tummy rubs for Sydney! :-)

Anonymous said...

Downsizing....hmpffff I knew you would buy another loom! Wow do I have major loom envy now! Mechanical Dobby AVL, when you "downsize" you do it with class. Enjoy your newest loom!

Daryl said...

awesome .. cant wait to see what wonderous weaving this/and you make

Karen said...

Um... I'll believe it when I see it?... the downsizing. :-)

grace lovelace said...

yes yes !!! nuts no no !!
i have always wanted that loom , also! lots of patterns & no computers hooked to it ...
lovely lovely .
come see me i have lots of sunshine, so much i hide from it & long for cloudy days ,

Peg Cherre said...

You know, I've (almost) given up looking for the 'perfect' loom. I've bought a few that I THOUGHT were my ideal, only to find out that they weren't and then I had to resell them. (I have space for 2 floor looms. Period. Plus a folding/traveling table loom & a rigid heddle loom.)

I hope the AVL is everything you want it to be. I don't understand their basic principles unless they're computer assisted and/or air powered, neither of which interest me personally.

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