Been a while since I posted, but I wanted to share some crafty goodness I’ve been doing these days!
I got myself some round and long knitting looms a while back, and I’ve had a few skeins of yarn lying around forever. I mean, I can’t remember when or why I got most of it, other than I guess it was on sale/clearance and I thought it was pretty. Those are good enough reasons, right?
For some reason, I got it in my head the last couple of months that I really wanted to try loom knitting. I blame Pinterest. There are so many cute projects out there with free tutorials that I made time to break out my Loom Knitting Primer and a round loom. Here’s what happened:
It wasn’t perfect, but I was happy with it for a first project. I made the mistake of picking a loom by the size of my head, but I realized that was a bad idea (AFTER I was finished, of course). I learned my first “Knitting in the Real World” lesson: Knitted things contract coming off the loom. Like, a lot. This hat might fit a small child.
So, on to project 2! This was a slouchy beanie tutorial I found on Instructables. First of all, I am in love with this yarn, and I apparently can’t stop saying that to anyone who will listen. It’s Homespun by Lion Brand in Prairie. The swatch on the LB website doesn’t do this yarn justice. It’s just gorgeous and super-soft. Bonus: Machine washable! The only drawback to this yarn is because it’s already textured, stitch details get completely lost. Any project you make with this yarn needs the yarn to be the focus, not the stitch pattern.
Here’s the finished product, in all its horribly-lighted-bathroom-mirror-selfie glory:
My third project was a garter-stitch hat with the same LB yarn which I didn’t take any pics of because I screwed up one row halfway through the round and didn’t notice until the thing was already off the loom. I think I’ll reclaim that yarn at some point.