A new loom has come to live at Casa de Cheeky on Friday. It's called the Swatch Maker 3 in 1 by Purl & Loop. http://purlandloop.com
The loom is 9.25" x 6.5" (about the same size as an iPad Air) and has sett's of 8, 10, and 12 epi. This one is the birch model ($49) but they also make the same loom in plastic ($47). It comes with a long birch weaving needle, a metal tapestry needle and a smaller metal needle to thread the holes for the finer sett's. I bought the accessory set (comb, pick up stick, and shuttle).
This is a nice little loom that I can get the various samples for my twist direction experiments done on. I was dreading having to warp my floor loom for the samples.
Warping of any kind takes patients and time. On this loom you wrap the yarn around the loom for an 8 dent sett and lace the warp yarn through the holes for 10 and 12. If you've never warped a loom before and never worked with fine singles then this isn't the loom for you. Lacing the yarn can be tricky to get the tension right and there is a lot of potential for massive yarn tangles. P&L does make 3 other separate looms in each sett which are much easier to warp. So check out their website for those. For experienced weavers I would recommend this little loom to do swatching on or to fiddle around with pickup weaves. If I ever have some extra funds to invest I want pick up a few of the single sett looms to use to teach a basic weaving class with. This is also a good loom to try making a small tapestry on.
In case your wondering I'm weaving with some of my own handspun Icelandic singles. Grey Z twist for the warp which has warp size on it and white S twist for the weft. The darker grey at the very bottom is cotton for a header (which I put in by habit more than any other reason).
ETA: I keep wanting to call this loom the nimbus 2000.