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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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Illiana Yarn Crawl

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The Illiana Yarn Crawl is off and running….as fast as a crawl can. Haha.

July 15 – 24, 2016 10am – 5pm Everyday!

If you haven’t been in to visit us at The Fiber Closet yet, you are missing out on some great deals. This year instead of offering just a couple of shop door prizes for the crawl, we are offering huge discounts to every passport holder. So for just your small $10 passport purchase, you more than get your money’s worth. You get your exclusive tote bag, patterns, commemorative pin and access to all the discounts. Even if you can’t make it to other shops, just visiting us will recoup your $10 investment. But of course if you can visit the other shops, that would be fantastic as they all have specials going on too. The exclusive IYC yarn this year is Dream in Color mini skeins. Each shop has a different color. Our color is Amethyst. It is beautiful!

IYC Amethyst Mini Skein

Both of your included patterns are made using the mini skeins. The more shops you visit, the more colors in your finished shawl/shawlette. We also have a full set on display with labels of which yarn is at which shop in case you need to plan your trip around the colors.

Cheryl’s hand-dyed yarn is flying out the door and Gina’s new stitch markers are a hit. There are also some deep discounts on other merchandise. Oh and lest we forget…Refreshments!

We have had solo visitors, lots of car loads and even an RV full of knitters & crocheters. What fun it was to see that big RV pull up in front of the shop and all those smiling faces come in the door. We are enjoying the comradery and stories from everyone. Such a fun time!

IYC RV Crawlers

Look for more updates later in the week but for now, please consider visiting us. We are having a ball!

Cheryl & Gina