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Sale Continues, Fiber Closet Open This Week


Tuesday, August 30 – Friday, September 2
11am – 5pm
Saturday, September 3
11am – 3pm

Sale Items/Prices

Commercial yarn* — 30% off

Books — 30% off

Notions — 20% off

*Excludes Cheryl’s hand dyed yarn.

Sorry, the Sale is in shop only!

You should hurry into The Fiber Closet to purchase  the yarn, pattern, and notions that you need to start your fall projects.

********************************* New Items *********************************

We just received a shipment of the newly released Knitter’s Pride Royale needles. These fabulous needles & tips are so gorgeous and a dream to knit with.

We have a variety of styles, sizes and sets. hint, hint  Buy your Royale tips or set today while they are at a great price. Because they won’t last long at these prices, your should shop today!

Top This Football


We also received a shipment of the new Top This hat kits with football toppers! We have a variety of team colors. These are a super quick, fun project. Knit or crochet a hat this week to support your favorite team.





Beginning Sunday, September 4, we will be closed for approximately 2 weeks.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page, The Fiber Closet Club page for more information concerning our reopening and hours.

Pattern News:

If you were unable to participate in the Illiana Yarn Crawl, the patterns are now available on Ravelry for a nominal fee. The Fiber Closet also can sell and print off the patterns and a copy goes directly into your Ravelry library. They are available in both knit and crochet versions.

Illiana Yarn Crawl Shawl Knit Version

Illiana Yarn Crawl Shawl Crochet Version


The countdown is on for The annual Covered Bridge Festival October 14 – 23, 2016. Start making your plans and be sure to visit us at The Fiber Closet! You never know what fiber goodness we will have planned for you.


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Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set by Leisure Arts Review

In my last blog post, I reported that I have re-discovered loom knitting– Ultimate Oval Loom knitting to be exact.

A few months ago, Leisure Arts sent me their new “Ultimate Oval Loom” to use and write a review. Because of their request, I have developed a new appreciation for loom knitting.

 Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set (# 47833) is from Leisure Arts and retails for $19.99.

Ultimate Oval Loom Set

Leisure Arts’ online description of the loom is:
“The Innovative Oval Loom Knitting Set contains two looms which are shaped for easy handling and let you use the most popular yarns in light or medium weights. Learn the basics of loom knitting while you create fabulous fashions and expand your loom collection to do small-gauge projects! In the Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set for Beginners from Leisure Arts, you’ll receive looms in two sizes (with 54 and 70 pegs), a stitching tool, and a 48-page Beginner’s Guide with clear photos and friendly step-by-step instructions. Projects include Basic Beanie, Striped Beanie, Fingerless Mitts, Family Tube Socks, Twisted Garter Hat, Twisted Garter Scarf, and Lace Cowl. Free technique videos are available at LeisureArts.com. Recommended for ages 8 and up.”

Knitting on the Ultimate Oval Loom

I decided to knit the Lace Cowl featured in the Beginner’s Guide that comes with the set.  I used the oval 70-peg loom and my hand-dyed alpaca yarn.

ToolsCasting on


Because I was knitting in my spare time,  I completed the cowl within a week.  I used the following techniques: E-wrap cast on, E-wrap knit stitch, knit 2 together, yarn over, and simple bind off.
Below is the cowl  before blocking. Sorry,  the color does not show correctly..

Unblocked Lace Cowl
Unblocked Lace Cowl

The cowl after blocking but still on the blocking mat.

Blocked Lace Cowl

The completed and blocked cowl.

Lace Cowl
Lace Cowl

The Review

The Oval Loom  is very comfortable to hold and knit around. Because the pegs are spaced 1/2″ apart versus 5/8″, Leisure Arts  designed The Ultimate Oval Loom  for worsted weight and lighter yarns.

In addition to the lace cowl, I also played around with knitted fabric using the knit and purl stitches for stockinette, ribbing, and garter. I was pleased with the results.

Because other looms I have used had the wider peg spacing,  I had to use double strands for projects. Being able to use a single strand really makes knitting a breeze on the Oval Loom.

My left hand has been giving me problems with strength, mobility, and pain on movement. Now, I can knit most of the same items I would normally knit with needles. Because the oval shape is less cumbersome than the round or rectangle looms,  I could knit on Ultimate Oval Loom without aggravating my left hand. Also, having two sizes of looms, gives you the ability to make a wide range of projects.

In conclusion, I  recommend that anyone interested in loom knitting give the Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set by Leisure Arts a knit.  Thank you, Leisure Arts, for reintroducing me to loom knitting.


The Ultimate Oval Loom 3


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Loom Knitting

Yes, you read that correctly–loom knitting!  My first knitting loom experience was years ago with the big white plastic loom and a pick. Gauge was extra-large.  You had to double/triple your yarn. Mostly, they were for hats and scarves. Instructions were only for, what we now call, the e-wrap cast on and knit. An e-wrap knit stitch is a twisted knit stitch.

Baxter Cat in the Hat-Loom Knitting
Baxter Cat in the Hat

Baxter Cat in the Hat sports a hat knit with the e-knit stitch that I knit on a Knifty Knitter small round blue loom.  I never liked loom knitting because of that twisted stitch.

Well, times have changed. There are instructions for completing  proper knit and purl stitches, cables, ribbing, short rowing, yarn overs, knitting two together,  garter stitch, and even more.  There are looms in all gauges, shapes, and sizes. I am having fun trying them all out.  Loom knitting is gentler on the hands than traditional knitting.

Loom knitting shapes that I have been knitting on are:  round, rectangle, and oval.  There are specialized looms for afghan, hat, and sock knitting.  That’s right—sock knitting.  Actually, I have used fingering weight to worsted weight yarn on the various sock looms.  The sock loom even uses a short row turned heel.

There are lots of resources and patterns available.  Here is a list of knitting looms I found on Amazon: Knitting Looms

Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set

Leisure Arts has sent me their Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set to use and write a review. I have knit a lace cowl using the larger oval loom. Currently, I am working on my copy and photographs for the review.   My review of the Set is coming soon.

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