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.
This 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.
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.
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!