Yesterday my husband had to have a procedure done at the hospital (nothing major) so in true looming fashion I brought a loom and yarn with me. I also brought a book but never opened it. As I sat in the waiting room, with a few other people, I took out my Sock Loom 2 and some blue/purple yarn to start a baby hat. An older woman immediately asked what I was making on it. I explained a baby hat for a friend and she asked if it was easier than knitting. Since I don't knit I couldn't quite answer but told her that a lot of people who have trouble with their hands, like her, prefer the loom over knitting needles.
We talked for a few minutes and before she left I gave her my information regarding my Youtube channel on a small piece of paper. I realized I needed new business cards, something more professional. Soon I was alone in the waiting room and hospital staff would walk by every now and then, doing a double take on me and my loom. I smiled back. I loved the curious looks on their faces and if they were closer I would have told them what I was doing on it. I have no problem talking about looming of course.
Have you been in that situation?
Last night I ordered some new business cards so I could be better prepared for next time. As for the baby hat, it isn't done yet. I did the garter stitch for the brim and now just e-wrapping and knitting over. I kept the design very simple since I was at the hospital. Next time I'll bring stitch markers.
February 26, 2014
Rough written pattern for these.
Make sure to check out the video if you need more help. (click here)
You will need:
Worsted weight yarn (4)
Sock Loom 2 from Authentic knitting board (though you should be able to modify to other looms.)
- Using the sock loom 2 find the two pegs in the middle.
- Place loop on one peg and work your way back and forth between the two using the e-wrap method for 10-15 rows depending on how big you want the toe ring to be. (15 rows was used in picture above, I'm a size 8.5-9 shoe)
- Now bring up one of the first loops and create your ring by placing it back on one of the pegs and knitting over. (hiding your starting tail as you go)
- Now increase to create a "triangle" by determining how far out you want your triangle. I placed stitch markers at 5 pegs out from each side of the two original pegs used.
- Increase by wrapping a new empty peg as you go back and forth during each row until you hit your stitch markers.
- Crochet bind off with one chain in between.
- Decide if you want to use just pieces of yarn or a different cord idea, like mentioned in the video, to use to tie around ankle and attached one to each end.
- Place toe in ring, wrap and tie around ankle and enjoy!
February 21, 2014
My daughter helped to design and name these leg warmers.
You will need:
The Authentic Board Sock Loom 2
Worsted Weight Yarn (4)
To begin configure the loom as so:
30 pegs are needed in a round.
- Cast On Ewrap Method (or another if you want)
- Rows 1-6: Rib Stitch
- Rows 7-10: Seed Stitch
- Rows 11-14: Knit (e wrap method was used)
- Rows 15-18: Seed Stitch
- Rows 19-22: Knit (e wrap was used)
- Rows 23-26: Seed Stitch
- Rows 27-30: Knit (e wrap was used)
- Rows 31-34: Seed Stitch
- Rows 35- 59: Knit (e wrap was used)
- Rows 60-66: Rib Stitch
- Row 67: Knit (e wrap was used)
- Cast Off: Crochet with 2 chains in between. (You may need to adjust to just one chain depending on the child. My daughter wanted them a little loose at the top.)
- cast off is similar to how I did at the end of this video. (Go to min 22:40 when I start to take it off the loom)
- Weave in any loose ends
- Try on child before beginning the next to check fit.
Note: My daughter is 6 1/2 years old. Leg warmers were roughly 11 inches long. The biggest part of my daughter's leg was 9 inches around and there was still a little room. By using this loom you can easily adjust for a smaller or bigger child.
February 14, 2014
One of the looms I own but have not shown in a video yet is the Martha Stewart Loom Set. I am not 100% sure of how I feel about this loom. For me, so far, a positive is how you can adjust it but at the same time it's a negative to me because I like to just pick up a loom and go when having an idea. I have only made a couple bags on it so far. It's just not a loom I use much. I thought this would be a great opportunity to ask for help when reviewing it.
If you own this as well, what do you feel are positives and negatives about it?
This reminds me of another tip to share...
February 8, 2014
I wanted to share a funny story from the other night while I was finishing up the "Simply Two Will Do" hat. The yarn started to tangle, which we all know happens from time to time especially when using two different colors, and I began to untangle it. It was a little bit of a process and I didn't realize my husband was watching me and heard me when I announced "You will not defeat me!" LOL
Yes, I talk to yarn.
This announcement got a chuckle from my husband and I had to laugh too. It reminded me that sometimes you have to find the humor in life.
February 6, 2014
This simply design should work well for both men and women.
What You Will Need
Loom Used: All In One Loom from Authentic Knitting Board
Yarn: Red Heart Navy Blue and Black (both weight of 4)
Scissors & Crochet Hook
- Using the black yarn cast on using E wrap method for 80 pegs in a round
- Row 1: Knit (e wrap method)
- Row 2: Purl
- Row 3: Knit (e wrap method)
- Row 4: Purl
- Row 5-15 K2P2 (means to Knit 2 pegs then Purl 2 pegs)
- NOW ADD 2nd (navy) color on first peg that has the black
- Rows 16-25: P2K2 Start with Black (purling the navy loop as well that is now on there with the black), then alternate the color yarn you are working with so that you are purling in black and knitting in navy in the round.
- Rows 26-28: Knit using the black (you can leave both yarns on there as you will be returning to the alternating again soon.)
- Rows 29-33: K2P2 this time alternate colors where you are knitting in black and purling in navy, again starting with black.
- Cut and tie the navy to the black yarn now
- Rows 34-54 Knit in Black
- Gather Bind Off
- Use Crochet Hook to help secure hat close