Confessions of a Cheater

I Cheated Last Week…

…and I plan to cheat again.

I have tried for years to learn to crochet and knit, but now I know how to cheat on my Knifty knitter loom! The wasted years of watching dvd’s, bugging my grandmother to show me, the trauma and tears, the tangled collection of unused yarn – those are all a distant memory now.

At last I am feeling successful and empowered thanks to my knitting loom, and a friend who shared her love of looming and her knowledge with me.

Cheater Post - LoomingThis is a picture of the beautiful afghan that she is making. The pattern colors all correspond to the temperatures everyday during the year her child was born. Such a great way to keep (and create) memories.

Dottie has been knitting (real knitting) for as long as I have known her and I have admired her work so much. She even made me an infinity scarf with beautiful fall colors for my birthday last year.

I remember getting crocheted slippers and afghans in my favorite colors from my grandmother for Christmas or on my birthday.  We never ran out of those multi-colored knitted throws that brightened up our old living room couch, and I want to recapture the warmth we felt when given those gifts of love.

Handmade gifts are treasures!

Well, Dottie convinced me that I could use the loom and knit too. She showed me how to start my project (a cute little baby hat) and then patiently helped me learn the process.

I have been checking out the YouTube videos on the website she recommended for more details, reviews and really great tutorials. Denise at LoomaHat has some great lessons on her YouTube Channel and at her website.

Her instructions are very clear and her videos show the steps close up so you can really follow along with what she is doing. I appreciate having this resource.

After checking into all the fun things I can make, I am even more excited about looming than I was last week. I already put a couple of different looms on my Amazon “wishlist”.

I am finding that it is relaxing for me in a way that crochet and knitting never were.

The little baby hat is almost complete. This was the perfect project to begin with. I have a lot of energy and tend to flit from one thing to another, but this is something I really feel like I can stick with since I see results right away. I live for projects that give me instant gratification!

If you have always wanted to knit or crochet, but have not been able to figure it all out, you may want to try looming too. It is a simple, fun and relaxing way to create something that is lasting, practical and pretty for yourself, or make a customized gift  for family and friends.

My Project

Dottie had me start with the baby hat sized circular loom and had me use a bulky yarn to begin with so that I can figure out each step more easily rather than using a thinner yarns and using two strands on the loom.

Cheater Project

This was so much fun. I was able to catch on right away. That meant that I could also enjoy a chat and even visit with Dottie’s chickens while we relaxed and I knitted.

I am excited about getting better at this so I can use some of that crazy multicolored, fuzzy yarn that I bought, but I am happy with this project and can’t wait to complete it this week.

I am going to check out scarf patterns next!

I know that looming is not quite like the skillful,  lovely knitting and crochet that my grandmothers did, and maybe some real knitters even think it is “cheating”, but loom knitting is very doable for me and my short attention span.

There are a lot of different types of patterns to make and explore and I enjoy variety. This is also a really practical skill since I get very cold in the winter!

I am so thankful for friends who take time out of their busy schedules to share their knowledge and I am thankful for readers who stop by this blog.

Do you have any success stories you want to share with me this week? I would love to celebrate them with you!

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23 comments on “Confessions of a Cheater

  1. I’ll admit it, I’m a loom cheater, too!! ha/ha I wish I could learn how to do it the old-school way. Really need to take a class! #HomeMattersParty

    • Merit Kirkpatrick

      June 16, 2016 at 5:06 pm Reply

      Lol! So glad to meet a fellow “cheater” – yeah the old school knitting would be awesome. I figure starting with something I can easily be successful with is the way to get me to move on and succeed at something more difficult! The loom has been a fun way to get started 🙂

  2. You are not alone, Merit! I have tried various kind of crafts but I never had patience and ability to learn either crocheting or knitting! I have bundles of yarn with me that I got for learning to crochet but I am thinking of using it for a weaving project. I decided crocheting/Knitting is not my thing! #HomeMattersParty

    • Merit Kirkpatrick

      June 21, 2016 at 9:50 pm Reply

      Thank you for the support Sahana 🙂 I know whatever you find to do with your yarn it will be super creative and pretty!

  3. I have always wanted to learn these kinds of skills, but never have the time to do it. My mother-in-law has tried to teach me, but she FLIES through the directions to the point that my mind can’t wrap around it all.

    Thank you for sharing how you cheated and made these awesome things on the #HomeMattersParty.

    • Merit Kirkpatrick

      June 20, 2016 at 11:49 am Reply

      If you get a chance to try knitting on the loom – do though. I am super busy like you and this is relaxing and helps me focus 🙂

  4. Okay, sorry to go all technical on you, but I just can’t help it:
    You might think your loom knitting is “cheating”, but this method has been around for a really long time – about 400 years ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knitting_Nancy ). And there wasn’t any documentation of crochet until centuries later. So, you don’t have to feel like the craft is any less skillful. But you can still call it cheating if you want 🙂

    It sounds like you’ve found a good teacher, and your work looks great!

    • Merit Kirkpatrick

      June 20, 2016 at 11:47 am Reply

      Omigosh – I really did not know that, Jenny! Thank you for sharing with me and for your encouragement. Honestly it is so much easier for me than using the needles has, it just feels like it has to be cheating 🙂 But maybe it is due to my awesome teacher too!

  5. Such a great post! I so want to learn to knit without cheating too! I can finger knit but just scarves, lol! #HomeMattersParty

  6. You are too cute!! I have tons of yarn for crochet that I need to use. I like crocheting during the cold months but I didn’t learn how to knit yet. On my bucket list! #HomeMattersParty

    • Merit Kirkpatrick

      June 20, 2016 at 11:51 am Reply

      Crystalish – I love the look of knit and crochet and, as you can tell, am very excited about joining the textile crafting crowd in this little way! lol!

  7. LOL! Love the headline. Seriously, though, I need to look into this. I’m dreadful at knitting but love the results. Thanks for sharing it! #HomeMattersParty

  8. livefromjulieshouse

    June 20, 2016 at 1:49 pm Reply

    This sounds like a great way for non-knitters to ease into it – thank you for sharing! #HomeMattersParty

  9. Merit, my daughter LOVES her loom. Like you, she had tried several times to learn before, but her hands just would not let her do it. The loom is perfect, and she makes the cutest things. I even got a pair of slippers for Christmas, our kitties get knitted toys(which they love), and her little God-sister got a bunch of adorable baby stuffs when she was born. Have fun, and keep on learning! Thanks for sharing and co-hosting at the #HomeMattersParty – we appreciate you! 🙂

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

    • Merit Kirkpatrick

      June 21, 2016 at 10:01 pm Reply

      Lorelai – I plan to stick with it until I know how do all those other types of items too. I appreciate the #HomeMattersParty crew so much too!

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