Kismet. The Universe speaks, and I listen - well, usually.
For some time now I've been searching for the PERFECT loom. I have had the help of many different people - mostly from our local Kitchener-Waterloo Weavers and Spinners Guild. My new friend Sharon was most helpful in directing me. Through her, I decided that I did indeed want a countermarche loom, and it needed to be 12 harness and also I wanted a well-loved used loom and a good deal. That's a huge bill to fill.
Add to that, the fact that I'm not that able to get under a loom, and a countermarche requires many, many more tie-ups than a jack loom. Most people would say - well stick to a jack loom. You're not getting any younger, nor are you getting more agile. Uhh, uhh. Nope. Not me. I kept searching until I found something called a 20+ by Woolhouse Tools. This device allows any back-hinged treadling system to be converted to a tie-up system in the back (and is advertised to add 20 years to any weaver's weaving life - hence 20+!). A perfect solution for me.
In researching this, I also found Woolhouse Tools, owned by John Low out of British Columbia - a fellow Canadian - yes! And he produces 2 of the most gorgeous looms you'll ever lay eyes on, the Kirsti and the Gertrude, shown here.
Okay, so I'd now found the 20+, and the loom I really wanted, but all together they were VERY pricey, which meant I had to go looking for a used one.
Google search. Found several ads and emailed all of them, but received a reply from only one. And here's where the Universe takes over. My reply was from another weaver, from B.C., Susan Harvey, who had actually taken her loom off the market several years ago. Turns out I had replied to a very old ad, but the weird part is that she had just given her loom a 'spa treatment' and then found out that she was going to have to put her loom up for sale because there is a new loom in her future and she won't have space for both. The day she decided to sell, she went to her computer and there was my request about her loom. Kismet. Seems the Universe was speaking to us both.
We emailed back and forth a couple of times, but when Susan called me, that clinched it for me. She loves her baby, but has to part with it and I definitely want to adopt her. So, my new loom is Emmatrude. (I'll have to ask about the name - must be partly from 'Gertrude' but I wonder what the rest is from? - Susan????) I'm awaiting shipping information, but I don't anticipate any problems there. So now I have to reorganize my sunroom to make room for MY new baby. This is very exciting. Here's a photo of where Emmatrude will have a new home.
I find that I am using the word 'weird' too frequently, but it seems that the older I get the more that 'weird' things happen to me. Call it the Universe talking, call it Kismet, or maybe it's just that I'm finally listening to that inner voice which inevitably leads me in the right direction.
As Susan was the one who suggested I write these events on my blog so that we could both document the coming events (Emmatrude leaving her home and arriving at mine), I'll turn this over to her now. Susan . . . . . . . (see Thrums, by Susan Harvey, aka weeverwoman).