Tool or toy? Either way, it is enormous.
No, I couldn’t get far enough away to get it all in, and yes, it does rather dwarf the loom. I mentioned a while ago that a warping mill was high on my wishlist, but I had made temporary provision for longer warps by stacking up my warping boards. However, now that I need to accommodate small groups of weaving students all winding warps together, I have had to rearrange the boards to sit side by side.
It was time for a mill. It has taken a few months to organise it into place, but — as you can see from the position of the apron rod on the Delta — it has arrived just in time for the next warp! It seems likely that there is going to be quite a lot of yardage in my immediate future, so I’m going to have to get practising.
Oh, and you might have noticed the bust on the shelf behind loom and mill, wearing a grey t-shirt and a scarf. That is my prototype reflective scarf — I put it out for Open Studios (yes, I should have ironed it, but it was a spur-of-the-moment thing, OK?) and doubtless won’t get around to putting it away again for a few weeks… or months… I need to work on handling the yarn as it is tricky stuff, but the effect is just what I wanted. Below are a couple of pictures Stuart took on his phone: the one on the right is taken with a flash, to show how it looks when it is reflecting.