Argh. The Cardinals almost made it. We really wanted Kurt Warner to win and really, really didn't want the Steelers to because now they have one more ring than the Cowboys. You never saw a family deflate faster than we did in the last minute of the game.
Might seem kinda cockie for a newbie weaver to be giving out tips but I had to pass this on. When I bought my loom I ordered all the back issues and subscribed to Weaver's Craft Magazine. It's an excellent self-published magazine from former Handwoven editor, Jean Scorgie. For the towels that I'm warping right now I followed Jean's directions in the Aug/Sep 2000 issue. I LOVE this method! I love that I don't have to worry about losing the cross if the phone rings or whatever. It all just seems so organized and much neater. To get more info I highly recommend getting the issue from Jean (cool name, eh? lol) but basically, you wind the cross further from the end than you normally would and then you tie it with a really long loop that you tape the your loom.
When you pull the end thread, the next one just sort of comes along for the ride. If I was really smart, I would have wound this warp holding two ends at once since it's being threaded two ends per dent in a 12 dent reed. Lesson learned for next time.
To keep things even, you just sit on the other end of the warp bout to hold it. Another thing I found that helps is to tape a piece of white paper behind the reed. I almost go cross-eyed trying to see those little dents without it. See the difference on the left where there's no paper and on the right where there is?