What do you do for fun in the summer? Iʼm sure it involves some ﬁber. Thereʼs more of
a chance to get out into the fresh air, say for jobs like picking through and washing
those gorgeous ﬂeeces I got, courtesy of The Elmwood Park Zoo. That way you make
less of a mess in the house, but you only have time if youʼre up to date on your
weeding. I donʼt know about your yard, but mine is full of the heartiest weeds Iʼve seen
Iʼve resurrected an old treasure I purchased several years ago, a weavette loom.
Itʼs a square loom with brass pins arranged in groups of 2, 3 and 4. The directions
specify that you wrap the loom three times with thread. Then you wrap the loom with
more (continuous) thread to measure the weaving warp. Thread the needle and begin
weaving under and over all the wraps, and before you know it, youʼve completed a
I was inspired by a weavette loom when my mother wove a whole afghan on it one
summer. She sat at the beach making piles of squares. At the end of the summer, she
sewed them into a lovely afghan. Now, years later, I piqued her interest in it again. Iʼm
the one weaving piles of squares, while she watches from her nursing home bed. Itʼs
the perfect portable craft, and I think sheʼs hoping I might be persuaded to sew them
into a lap rug, if I have enough squares done by fall.
The Zoom loom, a 4” version of the pin loom is sweeping the ʻtween set” world. My
daughter told me she saw no less than a dozen girls of the 10-12 set sitting around the
swim club pool making squares on their zoom looms. As for me, I prefer the 6” size, but
am still fascinated enough to stay with it and continue to grow my stack of squares.
Hope your summer is shaping up well. Stay cool!