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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

 

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Bulky Yarn is Category 5

Bulky Yarn Category 5

Bulky Yarn or Chunky Weight Yarn 5

Bulky yarn will help you knit hats, heavy sweaters, jackets, afghans/throws, scarves and other specialty items quickly.  Category 5 yarns are about twice the diameter of worsted weight yarn.  This yarn works great when Category 6 and 7 yarns are too heavy for your project.

If you are just learning to knit or crochet,  this yarn is great for your first projects because the stitches are easy to see and you get fast results.

Yarn types in this category are often made from wool, mohair, acrylic or wool/synthetic blends.

Knit gauge in stockinette is 12-15 stitches in 4 inches on US Size 7-9 knitting needles.

Biggo Yarn

Knit Picks Biggo Yarn is a Bulky Yarn and is a great knit for blankets, cowls, and mittens.

 

Next blog, we will discuss Category 4, Medium.

Yarn Weight Icons

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What’s on the Needles

Cascade Yarn 220 Superwash Splatter

Cascade Yarn 220 Superwash SplatterLately, my knitting has been taking a backseat to the actual running of The Fiber Closet.  I just received a shipment from Cascade Yarns.  The yarn was irresistible so I searched for a pattern and started knitting.

Knitting Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Aran Splatter Diamond Splatters sweater designed by Lorna Miser.  Shade is Color 4, Denim. Using Knit Picks Flexible Stitch Markers .

The pattern is written for the sweater to be knit in pieces but I decided to knit it in the round.

The yarn comes in 12 different shades. If you are interested in buying the yarn, contact me.  It retails for $13.50 per skein of 100% Superwash Merino wool and is Aran weight at 150 yards per 100 gram skein.

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New Shipment of The Sock Ruler

Sock Ruler
Sock Ruler Shipment
Sock Ruler Shipment

A new shipment of The Sock Ruler has arrived.

Be one of the first in your sock knitting group to have this easy-to-use ruler.
Whether you knit your adult-sized socks from the cuff down or toe up, the heavy duty, yet flexible, plastic Sock Ruler displays both metric and imperial measures and works better than a soft tape measure as it lies flat inside the sock for easy accurate measuring.

Order yours today by one of these convenient methods:

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First Annual Pajama Party

 

PJ Party
PJ Party 2014

Pajama Party Review

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The first annual Fiber Closet Pajama Party was a huge success. We had a nice turn-out of some fabulous ladies. Games were played, prizes won, refreshments served and most of all, lots of laughter filled the shop.

This was a wonderful evening that we hope to repeat again. Let us know if you would be interested in joining us for the next one.

Events

  • We would like to welcome all area Rug Hookers to our creative family. There will be a Rug Hooking group meeting at The Fiber Closet on the 1st Tuesday of every month from 1-3 pm.
  • The first Saturday of every month (1-3), we welcome all rigid heddle weavers for 2 hours of weaving. Bring your  looms.  There will be a short tips/technique lesson &  show and tell.  If you don’t have a loom, but are interested in learning, don’t hesitate to come and sit and visit.
  • The third Saturday of  every month (1-3), we welcome all spinners and want-t0-be spinners.  Bring your wheels, electric spinners,  or drop spindles and come and sit and spin.  Show & tell items are encouraged.

Please join us and pass the news along to anyone you think would be interested.

 

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Craftsy Flash Sale

Don’t miss out on Craftsy’s Mystery Markdown Flash Sale!

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Don’t miss out on Craftsy’s Mystery Markdown Flash Sale!

Enjoy big savings on nearly 200 yarns/fabrics and project kits now. Limited supply, shop before it disappears! Hurry, offer expires Friday, May 17 at midnight PST 2014.

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Weather & Knitting

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would make a great project. We still have some CoBaSi left. All you need are 2 skeins of CoBaSi & a 40″ circular needle in approximately a 2.5mm. (Your gauge may vary!) We just kicked off on Thursday so it’s certainly not too late to join us.

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Happy New Year & Jan KAL

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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE FIBER CLOSET
The Skacel (http://www.skacelknitting.com/s.nl/sc.2/category.55525/.f) /KnitPurlHunter (http://knitpurlhunter.com/) January Mystery KAL kicks off Jan 2, 2014.

** The Fiber Closet (http://fibercloset.com) is participating in the Progressive Needles Knit-Along with KnitPurlHunter (http://knitpurlhunter.com/kal/) .
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** The first clue (http://knitpurlhunter.com/kal/) for this KAL goes live on January 2, 2014!
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** Join us in 2014 as we return to sock knitting with a unique two at a time sock pattern. This pattern is suitable for men and women and features techniques new to the series. It is knit with CoBaSi (http://www.skacelknitting.com/s.nl/sc.2/category.111423/.f) by HiKoo®. CoBaSi (http://www.skacelknitting.com/s.nl/sc.2/category.111423/.f) is a completely machine washable wool-free sock yarn that combines Cotton, Bamboo, and Silk . The yarn is available in many fabulous colors at The Fiber Closet. Purchase yours in the shop or online (http://www.thefibercloset.com/) before they are gone.

Just a reminder, this is not a class The Fiber Closet is teaching. Everything you need to learn or know to knit along is available though videos, etc from KnitPurlHunter. We will have a short time at the beginning of Thursday Knit Group for all participants to share their progress, compare notes, etc. There is no pressure on you to finish the socks within a month unless you plan to enter the Progressive Needles Contest with Skacel. Otherwise, the clues will be available for you to work at your own pace.
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** Jan 1 & 2 – Shop closed
Jan 2 – First clue released in Mystery KAL
Jan 3 – Shop re-opens with regular hours
Jan 7 – Closed for personal business
Jan 9 – 2-5pm Knit & Crochet Group
2-2:30pm KAL chat session

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