My new Ashford table loom arrived yesterday afternoon and is nearly ready to use. It's also an 8-shaft 24-inch model, and an early Christmas present from my husband. He bought it for me, since my floor loom is all packed up--we're in the process of moving--and knew I could use it now as well as later for small projects and sampling. I'm very much a beginner too, though I have also been a knitter for many years. My grandmother taught me to sew when I was still a young girl, so I've done fiber arts of one sort or another most of my life. I still don't know how to spin, though I imagine I'll get around to that someday. It's so fun to see all the different ways yarn can become cloth and then clothing!