Friday, April 2, 2010
Feeding My Addiction...!
I think I told you recently about the fact that I had taken up Loom Knitting, thanks to a gentle push from my friend Wretha!
Well, like any other addiction, this one needs to be feed regularly and it just continues to grow! Instead of being satisfied with what I started with, it wasn't long until I started thinking I was ready to go to the next level!
I started with this nice set of four looms ranging from small child size, kid size, adult size, and REALLY BIG adult size (for those that have a big head)
These are great to learn on and are just the thing for making hats, scarfs, flat panels, and many other projects. The problem is...I wanted to be able to make some things a little wider than these looms allowed, and I really didn't want to have to sew two panels together.
After practicing and feeling like I had the whole loom thing down pat, I decided that I needed to get another set...but this time, I wanted to go with the long looms so that I could make the longer pieces I was after without having to sew two or more pieces together! What a deal! Sounded like just what I needed! So, I got this set!
Now I could make beautiful pieces in double knit...which means that there is no bad side. You end up with a nice thick piece and since the longest loom is 22 inches long, you can do some nice semi-big pieces!
But once again, I decided to go for something bigger! I wanted to make some afghans up to 55 inches wide, all in one piece! Now, That's what I'm talking about! Christmas gifts made early, just for the investment of a few skeins of yarn and some time! Pretty easy move, right? WRONG!
What I ordered and got yesterday was this beautiful hardwood monster! It eats yarn like a hungry teenager! In fact, one of the patterns using this loom for a nice afghan calls for 14 skeins of yarn! That's right! 14 skeins! Folks, that's a LOT of yarn...!
Now, with my big fat fingers, and with smaller pins and with the pins only being 5/16 inch apart...this big rascal is taking some serious learning time! A little harder to work with (OK, a LOT harder) it's going to take me some time to get used to it!
I'll get there, but I think that the learning curve on the bad boy is going to be a tough one! Have to hurry, though...Christmas is only a few months away! It should be interesting to say the least!
Now, let's get some coffee and sit in the kitchen for a bit! Raining on the patio this morning...!