Weaving New Adventures

The past few weeks have been rather bittersweet. After four long years, my husband finally finished his dissertation and will hopefully be a full-fledged doctor by this time next week. While there will be much celebration when he defends on Friday, there will also be much packing as along with the PhD came a job offer in southern New Mexico.

While I’m looking forward to heading back down south to the same town we lived in before coming to Colorado where the weather is warmer and the chile is spicier, I am still sad about what I’ll be leaving behind. One of the many things I’ll miss about Colorado is coming into the office each day and spending time with my coworkers laughing, eating baked goods (I am surrounded by fabulous cooks), and oohing and aahing over handmade cloth.

While I know there are a million ways I can stay in contact with these wonderful people, I will miss having them right there next to me. I toyed around with the idea of putting full-sized cutouts of them in my new home office, but that was ultimately vetoed by my husband as being both "weird" and "creepy." So I’ve come up with the next best thing.

I picked up my pin loom and a bunch of colorful novelty yarns and wove up some jaunty bunting. The colorful flags are currently hanging up on the wall by my desk and I’ve asked coworkers to create their own flag to add to the bunch. Given that my coworkers all have a wide variety of textile related skills, I’ve been told I’m going to get flags that are knit, crocheted, sewn, and even felted. When I move to my new home and hang the flags up in my office, I’ll be able to look at them and feel like my friends are still in the room with me.


Jaunty Bunting
Christina's pin-loom bunting as it currently hangs on her Colorado wall. 

In fact, I’ll probably be weaving more flags both for my own bunting and also for my friends in the office. I’ve packed up just about my entire weaving studio (having a loom and all that yarn staring at me was not conducive to packing—for similar reasons the bookshelves have also all been packed), but the office pin loom is still available to me (as is the office yarn stash). For that reason you can probably find me weaving away during my lunch break, as I experiment with color and texture on this nifty little loom. After working on both Angela Tong's pin-loom weaving video and Marcella Edmunds eBook on the subject, I can't wait to take my weaving even further.

Unlike projects at the big loom, or even my rigid-heddle loom, it only takes me about 20 minutes to weave the most complicated of squares from start to finish. It’s especially great for learning about color. (You know how sometimes you think two colors will look gorgeous together but when you actually start weaving you realize you’ve made a horrible mistake and need to unweave everything and re-plan your project? In pin-loom weaving this is a totally stress-free experience.) I plan on using these color lessons when I move into my new home in November and unpack my big loom and all my precious coned yarn—it’s been three days and I’m already in withdrawal—and weave a set of towels to go in my new kitchen.   

I’m so sad to leave Colorado, but I am looking forward to new adventures in the land of enchantment because I know that whenever I feel alone as I work from home I can just look at my bunting and once again be among friends.

Happy Weaving!


Christina Garton



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