I love my Loomettes. Weave-its are lovely of course, and I have a half dozen of them in various forms including the highly coveted Catalin Weave-it, but my very first Loomette feels more natural in my hand and I really appreciate the little slot at the start of the loom to hold the yarn.
Immediately after my small continuous loom buying binge on eBay a while back, where I went from zero small continuous weave looms to about a dozen (from four different manufacturers and spanning 4o years of small continuous weave loom manufacture) I made a lot of squares and many grand plans and one tiny placemat (or large blanket for a doll.) I’d planned to do a vest and pinned the basic shape onto my dress form and then promptly abandoned the project.
By the way, between then and now (somewhere in the middle-ish) I was actually officially diagnosed with ADHD and have been on medication to help improve my focus. I guess it’s nice to know that I don’t just have craft related ADHD but it spans through each aspect of my life.
Saturday morning I raided my studio for garage sale materials and while doing so realized that this vest project has been haunting me. How long has it been pinned onto my dress form: Two years? Almost three years? More than three years? When you forget how long ago you’ve started a project that’s probably a sign that it’s too long of a time for a project to occupy real estate without any progress at all.
Now seems like the right time to level up and either finish the vest or completely scrap it. Finishing it seemed like the best idea since I’m kind of on pause with other projects at the moment and I definitely need to clear my queue and make more space for actual work in my studio.
After the squares are all together in the basic vest shape, I’ll put it back on my dress form and baste some shaping into place. I have not tried machine sewing the squares together but I’m guessing that I will need to use one of my sergers for just the shaping. When that’s finished and I’m satisfied with the fit then I’ll start contemplating some nice borders (probably crochet, I’m keeping my options open) in the same navy blue yarn I’m using to sew the squares together. Fortunately I have a small bosom so absolutely square necklines suit me and I won’t have to fuss with the front.
The scary part about this is really that it sat for so long. In one night and part of today I’ve managed to get over half of the squares sewn together and I don’t want to say that I’ll be done with this in a week because that would be inviting some emergency that will demand all my time and attention (the universe and I have an understanding about how these things work) and make a liar out of me but I might be done very soon.