Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Harp Forte

A weaving friend introduced me to rigid heddle weaving a couple months ago and I was smitten instantly.  Another craft?  Yeah, I know....and my hubby really knows!  I guess I have come a long way from that woman who learned to knit just so she could knit socks and have a take-along craft she could stuff in her purse.  I held steady with socks for about three years and then I spread my wings and explored other things I could knit with needles.  The rest, they say, is history.

The Schacht Flip that my friend insisted I borrow was a nice loom.  Being a Colorado girl I am a big supporter of the Schacht company based in Boulder.  My Matchless spinning wheel is like a cadillac - I love her I do.  And so I really thought I would end up with a Schacht loom but after doing a bit of research learned I would get more bang for my buck with the Kromski Harp Forte.  Having a Kromski Sonata spinning wheel,  I like how Kromski adds little extras in with their products.  My Sonata has a built in lazy Kate for plying.  The Kromski Harp has a warping board on the back of the loom, something I would have to buy separate if I went with another loom.  And Kromski had just added metal pawls and gears with an earth magnet giving the ability to have a tighter warp - sold!

And so Mr. Claus and Elf #2 went in together and gave me a Kromski Harp Forte for Christmas.

Elf #2 and Mr. Claus were busy relaxing Christmas morning so I decided I would tackle the assembly myself.  I must admit that using an electric screwdriver freaked me out a few times but all-in-all I took things step by step and in a few hours I had a Harp.

Isn't she beautiful?

I hope you had a lovely Christmas filled with all kinds of fiber goodies holding the promise of something wooly in 2016.

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