Sunday, September 18, 2011

Bonus Items

A couple weeks ago I mentioned that I had found a loom that I was pretty sure I was gonna get myself.

Well, this weekend I went and got it.

I might as well start at the beginning :)

Last Monday at work, I figuratively "hit a wall".  I was toast.

Then and there, I knew I needed to take some days off.  I had already planned on not working Saturday, but at that moment I went and requested Friday off, also.  I made it thru the rest of the week, barely, as I also learned that my old dog ( the one I lost in the divorce) had to be put down ... but that's  a different story for another time.  Much to deal with with that situation. 

That meant 3 day weekend.  Haven't had two days off in a row in awhile, much less three :)

Unfortunately, that doesn't mean I can make myself rest ~ by now I'm sure you can tell I don't "do nothing" very well.

On Friday I messed around at home doing laundry and a bit of cleaning.  I resisted the urge to start messing with new fence, LOL.

In the afternoon I took off on my planned route.  Being me, I didn't have just one thing to be accomplished, I had several.  As it turns out, I made 6 different stops along the way, putting on over 400 miles. 

First stop (Watertown)  was dropping off a sewing machine for my friend at the repair shop... then having time to kill before my appointment with the loom lady -

Stop two (Clear Lake) was at a high school friend to see her, her family and her mom.  Her mom is actually my ex's aunt, but she feels like mine, too.  She has been ill and since I was in the area, I made sure to stop.  It was nice seeing my high school friend, too.  She is one of the very few I am still in contact with - probably always will be :)

Then off to get my loom! (Dell Rapids)  It was 8 PM when I got to the rural farmhouse-  Loaded up pieces and parts to Newcomb Loom!  Four Harness, Six treadle, sectional beam.  I'll be posting a pic or two when I get it put back together.

There was also a box of accessories that went with, that I didn't really look at at the time... This is what I found.

Leclerc tension box.  Frasier Cutter AND a Rigby Cutter!!!! 

Also, some weaving and warping books. 

A spool tree and warping hooks and some shuttles were also there.  A nice set up!

Being that it was now after my bedtime and I was fading fast, I took off for Dakota State College (Madison) .  I was going to spend the night at my daughters apartment.  Also saw the son, who was staying over, too.

Left first thing in the morning for the next stop at South Dakota State College (Brookings) to see child number 3.  She had a team event that I took in and then saw her very nice apartment she is sharing with 3 other girls.  Had dinner with her and her sis who had come up to visit, and then took off for points north.

At that point I was back at my first stop (Watertown)  .  I picked up the finished sewing machine, plus another one, and then made my way to the North Country Fiber Fair.   I watched a sheep dog demo, looked briefly at the vendor booths, and bought a fun tool that I am going to be using with my salvaged yarn.  More on that another day...

Then the last chore - Walmart for supplies.  That is always fun- not... but needed. 

I drove into home (Britton) at about 8:30 just before full dark, unloaded my treasures from the truck, and went to bed. 

Totally exhausted.

Today I've puttered about in my basement, making room for my new loom.  I've got all the pieces down there, but quickly decided the brain power isn't up to snuff to tackle that today.

That's why you're going to have to wait on pictures of the loom!

All for now from a tired, but excited, 



  1. Wow! You did get a sweet deal with that new (to you) loom! Tension box, cutters and books, too. Nice!! I wish I lived near you because I'd love to help assemble that puppy and get her going. :) Looms need to be used and yours is going to be fantastic to weave on.

  2. What Benita said - plus a visit with all your kids. I'd be exhausted and excited too. Congratulations! I'm sorry about your dog - it's always hard to lose one.

  3. Looks like you got some real goodies with this one!!!! Enjoy!!!!