As most of you know, this year has been a roller coaster for my family, friends , and myself. What started out as my annual mammogram turned our lives topsy turvy. For most of the year, I felt my life was out of my control. There were many doctor appointments, biopsies, blood tests, X-rays, MRI’s, other tests, and surgeries. At first, the diagnosis of two different kinds of breast cancer was very devastating. Now that the cancer has been removed from my body (bilateral mastectomy), I feel I can win this fight. Starting in January 2017, I will undergo a course of chemotherapy over approximately 4 months.
What does this mean for the brick and mortar shop you know as The Fiber Closet? Current plans are that The Fiber Closet will transition into a studio for Gina Mitchell, Donna Hockett, and myself. We will be creating knitted, crocheted, sewn, and woven items. I plan to continue dyeing yarns. The front room of the shop will be our showroom and the back areas will be our private studios. The shop at 120 South Market Street in Rockville will not have regular hours. We will be open for special events, and appointments. We also will continue our online sales and attend more handicraft events.
Counting my blessings and wishing you more.
Have a joyous New Year, dear friend of The Fiber Closet.
Tuesday, August 30 – Friday, September 2
11am – 5pm
Saturday, September 3
11am – 3pm
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.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
The cowl after blocking but still on the blocking mat.
The completed and blocked cowl.
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.