Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas Gift for a Friend

I have a friend who loves purple, so I thought I'd make her a loom knit cowl for Christmas. I used my new afghan loom from CinDWood Crafts. Today's share is the beginning of the project.





I plan on just knitting in the round until the yarn is gone, and when I'm done I will share the finished project.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Red Shawl/Poncho/Cowl

I finished my Red Project early last week, but didn't have a chance to take and upload the pictures until today. As I mentioned in previous posts, I didn't have enough yarn to make this the way I'd planned, but I think this will work out just fine.


When I realized I wasn't going to have enough yarn I had to change my idea, and instead loom knit this as a long rectangle.


I joined about 5" of each end together, then did a single crochet order around the bottom and neck edge. Thankfully I had enough yarn left to do that - there sure wasn't much left when I was finished! Like a single 12" strand.  Yikes!


Because the yarn was so chunky (a #6) the shawl/poncho/cowl is nice and cozy. I can wear it several different ways, and I plan on making good use out of it on chilly evenings or if we are at our cabin. I'm always cold if we are downstairs watching TV so this will be just the thing to stave off those cold drafts..


I'm scrambling now to finish up a loom knit lap afghan for my Dad for Christmas.

**Note, at this point I am not going to move my loom knit projects from Altered Scrapbooking over to this blog. If you are curious, look to the labels on the right side of that blog and you can click on Loom Knitting, or Knifty Knitter to see those earlier projects. 

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Monday, November 19, 2012

The Red Project Continues...

I haven't had much knitting time this past week, but my 'Red Project" is coming along. I am on the 2nd skein of that lovely red yarn, and no way am I going to have enough to do what I wanted to. But I do have another idea and I'm hoping that works out instead.


Looking at this large swatch makes me want to use this pattern (e-wrap 3 pegs & skip one) with #6 bulky yarn and make an afghan!


It is so soft and cozy, and ... I even like the way the back looks. :-)


Stay tuned, as I will post pictures of the finished project soon.  Haha, assuming I can get it to work out.

**Note, at this point I am not going to move my loom knit projects from Altered Scrapbooking over to this blog. If you are curious, look to the labels on the right side of that blog and you can click on Loom Knitting, or Knifty Knitter to see those earlier projects. 

 
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Red Project

Today's share is the beginning of the project I'm working on next.  Since I finished my Swing Sweater, my yellow Knifty Knitter loom was free.  I had picked up two beautiful skeins of #6 chunky wool and thought I'd try something.


I did a seed stitch border on either side, then a series of (e-wrap 3 pegs skip one)


When I was less than half done, I ran out of the first skein of yarn and that sort of threw me for a loop. I liked what I had done so far but I didn't think I was going to have enough yarn for my project and there was no time to search for another skein in the same die lot.


So, I will continue on and see what I can come up with before I run out of yarn!

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Another Christmas Hat

This is another one of the hats I made for last Christmas - this one was for our son's girlfriend.


 
This was loom knit before I started keeping track of such things in a notebook, but I know I did the lacy diamond stitch on the crown. I also did some decreasing at the crown so there is not so much bulk at the top when casting off.

I have another project on the go that is coming along nicely. A red project.  :-)  I tried to take a quick picture with my cell phone, but there is so much red that the phone camera couldn't pick it up - and the photo turned out such an awful orangy neon shade that I decided not to bother sharing it.

Hopefully by the end of the weekend though!
 
 
**Note, at this point I am not going to move my loom knit projects from Altered Scrapbooking over to this blog. If you are curious, look to the labels on the right side of that blog and you can click on Loom Knitting, or Knifty Knitter to see those projects.  
 
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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Cream Hat

Last year I made everyone in the family hats for Christmas. This is the one I made our middle daughter - she had asked for a cream one.


It looks so good on her, and since I used an Alpaca blend it is also nice and toasty. This is another hat where, after I did the garter stitch band I just continued using various stitches, decreasing at the crown so it wasn't so bulky. I wish I'd had a notebook to keep track of the stitches I used, but I'm careful to use my notebook for every project now.


I am now working on a 'Baby's Sweet Bonnet' for Olivia, having adapted the size of Renee Van Ho's pattern to fit a toddler. Let's hope I did it right. If not, I have detailed notes so I will know what I need to change for the next one.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

New Looms!

Last fall I ordered two looms from 'DA Looms' ... an afghan loom and an infinity loom. I had heard their processing took a long time and the knitting looms were going to be my Christmas gifts from my daughter and mom. They arrived just in time so I was glad I had placed my order so early.

I 've used the afghan loom several times for cowels etc - and I really like it. I took the infinity loom with us to Arizona last Spring and cast on an afghan for my Dad for his August Birthday. Well it is still on the loom and I'm afraid I have bitten off more than I can chew on that one. He may get it on his NEXT birthday!

At any rate, since I liked the quality of the looms I placed another order in February. By the end of March I hadn't heard anything and they were not responding to my emails. In April 'DA Looms' had closed up. They took my money in February, and never bothered to ship my looms. I was/am pretty upset at that. Thievery, as far as I'm concerned.

I was still in need of an infinity RAKE loom, but very wary of these small loom companies. Finally - I decided to take a chance on CinDWood Crafts after months of reading such good things about their company.

My new looms arrived this week, and I wanted to share how carefully they were packed. I somehow deleted the photo of the box they arrived in though - it was also carefully packed.  :-)

First up is the Infinity Rake. See the blue pegs? You don't wrap those when doing a double sided piece. This is going to come in VERY handy. It also has a peg that is supposed to slip into the center groove so you can 'loom knit in the round' in a huge variety of sizes. I haven't tried to figure that one out yet!




Next is the Adult Hat combo pack. I have already used the 2nd smallest on Ethan's 2nd bonnet, and am about to cast on a loom knit bonnet for Olivia. The grooves on the pegs aren't as deep as they are on a Knifty Knitter but after a few hundred stitches (haha) I hardly notice it anymore. The pegs are nice and secure and very smooth - both important for my loom knitting!



Yeah I know - that's a lot of looms. But shipping to Canada is EXPENSIVE and since I was going to pay it anyhow I decided to order several different looms/sizes at the same time so I don't have to choke on any  more shipping costs.

These looms are all 1/2" gauge and I didn't have any in that gauge.


This next loom is their 'afghan loom'. It's so big it hardly fits on the breakfast bar stool! I decided to try a cowl on it for a friend for Christmas, and I'm almost finished it. The loom is too big to work on in a vehicle, but I am really enjoying using it at home on the kitchen table.



Once the cowl is finished, I think I may try a car blanket for myself, using a pattern not yet decided on. I also have the yarn to make a couple more cowels for gifts this year, so my looms will be busy in the next two months!

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Ethan's Bonnet

This is what I was working on in my last post - a knit bonnet for Ethan! 



I used Renee Van Hoy's pattern "Baby's Sweet Bonnet" and the All In One Loom. The bonnet turned out SO sweet, and I couldn't wait to try it on him. However - little Ethan's head is on the 90th percentile and the hat is too small for him. It goes on, but doesn't fit well enough to get him through the winter.


It occurs to me, that nothing I have made on the All In One Loom has turned out the way it's supposed to! I made a bonnet for Olivia from a pattern their website - and it ended up being large enough to fit her dad (who is over 6' tall!!). I tried to make a candy corn Halloween treat bag and I ended up frogging the whole thing. But you know what? I LOVE that loom. I love how smooth the pegs are and how easy it is to knit. and I love being able to use a worsted weight yarn instead of a bulky or super bulky yarn. And I love how even the stitches are - it could easily be my favourite loom. And one of these days I'll make something that turns out the way it's supposed to!


I thought I'd try making the bonnet again, using a slightly larger loom - and see if the size works better. And I would like to make a couple of these - in pink and in blue - to keep on hand for new baby gifts as they would fit a newborn perfectly. No way I'm giving up on this pattern.


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**Note, at this point I am not going to move my loom knit projects from Altered Scrapbooking over to this blog. If you are curious, look to the labels on the right side of that blog and you can click on Loom Knitting, or Knifty Knitter to see those projects.