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May 1st, 2012 - Random babblings of a fiber-obsessed nutcase

About May 1st, 2012

I love it when my husband is home... 09:32 am
but it sure makes DOING stuff difficult! :grumble: and :lol: We've gone to basics only in school this week, because SG has planned out chores for every day. Today is barn cleaning day - the kids are muttering about it, but.....it needs to be done. Since I do most of the milking and baby-feeding, it's only fair that THEY do some of the maintenance. SG is planning on doing fence work, and finishing my pantry, AND finishing my reed rack.

Which leads to a minor rant: WHY is weaving/spinning stuff so darn expensive? I mean....I can understand wheels, to a certain extent - they do take a bit of skill not normally needed - but looms and other accessories?

Take weaving benches, for example. Back when I started weaving (1996), you had very few options - and now, you still don't have THAT many. We went to the local weaving mecca, and priced the Harrisville Designs one (the CHEAPEST at that time)...and said No. We built *2* similar benches for about $30 in wood and bolts. (The current price for the smallest? $224. Still only about $30 for 1 (since prices have risen) - but you could build it out of scrap lumber).

Or, take a cone holder - the one from LeClerc is the one we copied. Current price: $144....mine was built out of scrap (and looks almost IDENTICAL!) for the cost of dowels.

Or, our current project: reed stand. We're copying this one....the back and base and "lip" is all scrap, the dowels were our only expense - $6. (Mine has more dowels, so I can keep each reed totally separate. Smaller spacing = more reeds per stand. Plus, I have 3 rows of dowels, not just 1.) They want $205 for it!!! That's......wow.

Why? Why are prices so inflated? Even shuttles - $42 for a small Bluster Bay one (which, they are nice)...but SG said they look super simple to make - they're just blocks with a hole for the bobbin, a metal rod for the bobbin to ride on, and they're sanded mirror-smooth. Not a whole lot of shaping going on, really - just curve the ends to a soft point and voila! A bobbin! But...exotic woods aren't THAT much.......yes, the worker needs to make a living wage....but the "big" companies? They sell enough that they should be cheaper than they are.

I just.....weaving is an expensive hobby - looms aren't cheap, even used, although there's a couple on CraigsList right now for WAY cheap ($150 for a 2H counterbalance that can be expanded to 4H easily - and might have the other 2H; I couldn't tell from the photo)....but the accessories shouldn't be priced so high. It's...outrageous.

Which is why we're in the shop, building. I can't afford to buy the stuff I want/need (I don't *need* a reed rack, it'll just be nice to not worry about my reeds falling down. I didn't *need* the cone holder, but it does make warping easier - and don't ask me about warping boards! $20 in materials for mine....if you're bored, go look 'em up. Easy to build, and outrageously priced.)...and SG wants to build stuff. Any stuff. :grin:

Gotta run - math needs to be checked!

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Record Keeping 04:32 pm
Did anyone take out bets? Because.....Mike said Tuesday or Wednesday. We have heard NOTHING from him, and when SG calls his number, he gets "This voice mailbox is full. Please try again later."

So. I decided to sit down and do some googling. I found a NEW website (registered as of 4/17/12) for "A&M Remodeling", with Mike's name and number plastered on every. single. page. I found a permit from the City of Irving for him to do work on some office space, the tenant being "Pro Remodeling", owner Mike Wilson, same phone number. I found an ad in the Hunt County shopper's guide (12/4/11), with his number AND another number (which SG will call in a bit - I have the paper right here with me.) (And, I'm almost tempted to POST the phone numbers, to let y'all loose on him. Maybe he'd answer to a different number, huh? But I'm not THAT mean. Yet. :evil grin:)(And I have the landlord's number...not sure what to do about *that*, but...I have it.)

He still has tomorrow to stay true to his words....but you know what? I bet he WILL NOT show. And I bet he'll have some cockamamie story, too. :sigh:

SO. Here we are. The French Doors have shifted, and you can see daylight at the bottom again. The windows were installed wrong, and need re-doing, and it's hotter-than-HELL in there when afternoon hits. To the point that *I* am hot and have a heat-induced headache. :grumble:

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