This is the year of learning. Ive declared it. I want to try out a few new crafts this year and maybe even go back to school. Year of learning indeed!
Ive been interested in getting a loom for a while now. Seeing all the amazing looking tapestries everyone is making on Instagram made me really interested in learning more about weaving. I remember in grade school we made looms out of cardboard and used cheap yarn.
Well finding a loom is not easy. Or making up my mind about what to get and what size. I have been measuring empty spaces on my wall trying to decide what size is best. There are so many good choices out there. All of the ones on my wish list are from Etsy. These also come in a kit which come with yarn and roving and all of the tools Ill need to make a tapestry.
This loom kit is from Fiber Huis in Wisconsin. She has other loom kits but I like the bright colors in this one. The loom measures 10″ x 13″. She does do custom size work so if I wanted a larger size it would be possible to make.
The kit below comes in lots and lots of sizes. Which doesn’t help my problem of deciding on a size. I love the simple designs of these looms. These are from Funemstudio all the way in Belgium. I love this photo with all of them lined up. Swoon.
The same shop even sells wool roving. I love this stuff- soft and fluffy. It makes my cats go crazy. These colors are perfect. It is hard for me to find wool roving here. Not all the yarn shops carry it and the ones that do are not easily accessible by bus. Ordering online seems to be my only option currently.
Some things I like about these- all of them are lap size. This is perfect for working on after Rohan falls asleep. All of them are made out of wood and made by a real person. Not someone in a factory.
This one comes from OakeandAshe all the way from Minnesota. It also comes with the most extra goodies. Even a pair of tiny scissors! The loom measures 14″ x 18″
Some of the looms have pegs and some have slots. I am not sure which one is better- if you have any suggestions I would love to hear them.
One last link up- look at this bright yarn! I am totally in love! This yarn is from WallFlowerYarns. Her shop is full of great hand dyed yarns.
I am excited to have a blog post for today. Woot.
I started this baby blanket 33 weeks ago. I checked. On Instagram. I stopped working on it probably just after that photo. That seems like something I would do.
Well now there is a reason to finish this baby blanket. Theres going to be a baby that needs it at some point!
I started doing a color a night. Thats just about 10-15 rows and maybe an hour or so of work. Depending on if I am distracted or not. Usually I am easily distracted.
I got the husband a Nintendo 3Ds. I call it a Game Boy. But there has been lots of Mario Cart going on. Easily distracted.
The blanket is soft and bright. Made up of mystery yarn. Ive had this yarn in my stash for a long time. Years. I know it is the cheap stuff from Michaels. The stuff that you get when you are first starting to knit/ crochet. But I like it. And I like the blanket.
Lets just hope I stick with it and don’t stop after this post.
My goal to use leftovers before buying new has moved to my yarn stash.
Gotta knit fast before the summer heat comes too.
Not the finest quality yarn. Ive had it for somewhere around 6 years.
Its the cheap kind you buy at the big craft stores.
I dig the bright colors. And thats fine for me.
I am loosely following the Purl Bees super easy crib blanket.
I am knitting about 15 rows before moving on to the next color. I plan to randomize the colors so it is not repeating.
Ill probably do two bright colors separated by white.
Not sure about the length. We will see when I run out of yarn. 😉
Im just not convinced I like these hats on my head. Im not convinced I like any hats on my head. And at this point I need the warmth and to cover my awkward growing hair.
I used yarn from Loopy Yarns here in Chicago. I choose a 100% Peruvian Highland Wool. Very soft and warm. The color I picked is marked mint.
I just kinda winged it with this pattern. I had made enough of the Terra Cotta hat that I could figure this out. I casted on 100 stitches and did a knit two, purl two for the band. The rest of the hat is a knit stitch.
I love knitting in the round it all goes so fast. I had this hat knitted up in an afternoon.
I made a large fluffy pom pom for the top. I think all hats need pom poms.
This time with less cast on stitches. I casted on 80 stitched this time instead of the 120 stitches.
I used Cascade 220 wool yarn. In orange.
I feel very bright in the hat.
The hat is not as slouchy as the first. But with the fewer stitches and the thicker yarn thats to be expected.
All in all it will be very warm.
The Terra Cotta slouch hat can be found over here. Or on Ravelry. Happy Knitting.