I just bought this loom, like I weave so I much I need yet another one. About three weeks ago I received an email from a man named Ken, asking me to put an ad in our guild newsletter. His wife had recently passed away and he wanted to locate a buyer for her weaving things and would offer them for a best-offer price. I told him to look on the Internet and assess a value so he wasn't stuck negotiating an untenable price. He came back with $600 and I decided that, in fact, I was his buyer. I now have a 36" LeClerc Artisat loom that folds up and can go to workshops.
We arranged to have my son Josh pick everything up since Ken lives in Minden and Josh and family were going to be camping there for a company picnic. He said I would be getting a loom, bench, warping board and books, so I was surprised to see that I now also have an inkle loom - will be looking to Amy for help with that, and I don't know what the other thing is. Josh says it's a torture rack for leprechans.
This is my wall of shame - fleeces yet to be spun. Ken has requested that I weave something on his wife's loom for him as a form of closure. He explained in a phone conversation that they had sold their home in Santa Clara, California, and purchased a new one in Minden, Nevada, positioning themselves to retire. It was time. They had lived in their new home just three months when she was t-boned in an intersection and never regained consciousness.
The story breaks my heart and speaks volumes of plans and failed expectations. He told me how they had acquired the loom from a small studio in upstate New Year, from a woman who had the studio in her home. As an engineer, he'd involved himself in planning her weave structures but found the actual weaving tedious. They had raised dogs together in the more than 20 years that spanned their relationship, and were to be cheated of the plum. So what will I weave for him? We agreed that there's no hurry - the furniture she ordered for their home just arrived last week. The one thing I have decided is that I would like it to include some handspun yarn from my "wall of shame."
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