Why I Love My Weave-It
It’s only four inches across, and it weaves teensy-tiny little squares, but I’m enchanted by my Weave-It, which I found on eBay. I had one of these as a child, and I remember how much I enjoyed weaving little squares, imagining them as tiny bedspreads for grasshoppers. When I weave on my eBay Weave-It, I experience a kind of dual enjoyment: half based in the present moment, and half nostalgic. It’s fun; it’s easy; it’s mindlessly enjoyable as a rhythmic occupation for my hands.
These little pin looms are experiencing a big resurgence and a Google search will turn up pages and pages of results. But be sure to visit the headquarters of all pin loom knowledge, http://www.eloomanation.com/. Visit eBay to look at the many vintage offerings (mine came in the original box, with the original instructions, and cost about $20 with the shipping). Or make your own (see http://www.rogersstark.com/wool/weave/weave.htm).
The Weave-It is infinitely portable; I can work on the squares in my free time; and it’s a great way to use up small amounts of yarn leftovers. Each square weaves in about fifteen minutes and uses a length of yarn approximately seven yards long. Last fall I assembled a gorgeous scarf out of Weave-It squares joined together with crocheting. The colors and textures worked out very well and pleased me.
When I was a child it seemed as if all middle aged women made afghans; it seemed part and parcel of getting old and wise and having clever fingers. Now that I have attained that age myself (without necessarily having gained much additional wisdom, I’m afraid), it seems obligatory to begin working on my first afghan. And why not use the Weave-It to make the colored squares? I’m somewhere in the middle of the projected three hundred or so squares that will be necessary to complete the project.
[Addendum: Be sure to read the second part of this blog post at https://housesandbooks.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/1260/ for more photos.]