Archive for April, 2006

My Sock Loom Is Here!

My Decor Accents sock loom finally arrived. I was beginning to wonder if it ever would. The people who make the looms had just closed on there new home, so that made them behind on every thing. ( because of having to move) So I can’t give you an opinion on shipping time, since what happened with me was not normal.
 
I can say, now that I have my loom, is that I’m glad I ordered it. It’s extremely well made, and appears to be quite sturdy. I can see my self using this loom for many years. I also ordered one of there knitting tools, which I’m also quite pleased with. It has a large wooden handle which feels nice in my hand and is quite comfortable to hold and work with. So if you aren’t in the market for a new loom, because you already have so many at home. You may still like to get your self one of there knitting tools. Especially if you have joint problems like I do. I find it to be more comfortable to use than the smaller knifty knitter knitting tool.
 
Decore Accent’s also has wonderful customer service. Always friendly and helpful. Even with the longer than normal wait for my loom, I did not have a bad experience at all. I highly recommend them, and I plan on doing  business with them in the future. There looms are worth the wait.
 
Here are a couple of pictures I took. One is of my knitting loom and knitting tool. The other is of the sock I started. 🙂

Who Reads Shawn’s Blogs

I’ve started a map to see who reads my blogs. I thought it would be fun.

You don’t have to give your exact location if your uncomfortable with that, but if you could put the nearest city, that would be cool.

Click here to add your self to my map.

Crochet Socks For My Son

I’ve been working on a pare of crochet socks for my nine year old. I was doing so well, (I thought) then I realized I made a HUGE mistake. I was almost done with the first one, and I had to rip about half of what I had done out. *grrrr* so frustrating.
 
Any who, I’m almost done with the first one (again) I should have it finished by tonight.

Sock Loom Here Soon

My sock loom still isn’t here. It’s been quite a while since I ordered it, and I was getting worried. I contacted the people I ordered it from, and they are in the middle of a move, so they got behind on things. They told me they mailed it off yesterday, so if the post office cooperates, it should be here in a day or to. I’m anxious to get started on some knitted socks.

Practice Hat

This is a hat I made for my daughter. I wanted to practice my loom knitting, and I thought this would be a good project. I like the way it turned out.
 
I made the hat on the green knitting loom in the picture, and I made the loops on top with my little knitty bee. (knitting spool) You can also see that in the picture.
 
It only took me about a day and a half to make the hat. I’m finding once you get the hang of it, loom knitting can be quite fast. At least as fast as crochet is.

My Version Of A Knitting Spool

This is actualy somthing I did last week. I just got busy and forgot to post about it.
 
Someone in a craft group I belong to mentioned that they used to play with a knitting spool when they were little. I thought that sounded like a fun idea and thought my kids would enjoy playing with one. So this is what I came up with. It’s made out of some old baby bottle caps I was hanging on to for some reason (I have no idea why) and a few nails. The spool actualy works realy well!
 
If you’ve never used a knitting spool, here’s a websight I found with directions. The Lost Art Of Knitting Nancies

Finished another bear

I’m still eagerly awaiting my DA sock loom. I deiced since it’s still not here this would be the perfect time to finish the teddy bear I was working on. I would have had it done three weeks ago, but my arthritis was hurting me so badly I had to give crocheting a break.
 
My love muffin bought me a set of plastic KK looms that I’ve been playing around with, and loom knitting seams to be easier on my joints. So yea for that. I’m not giving up crocheting though, I like it to much, but it’s nice that I don’t have to stop making things because of joint pain.
 
Anyway, this is the teddy bear I made (this was crocheted not knitted). It’s for a one year old, so I didn’t put anything on it that could come loos and be a choking hazard. I’m hoping to get it mailed out later this week.
 
I used the same pattern that I used to make the bears for my sons, except I made the girl version. The website forgot to give an explanation of how to make the skirt, so I just made my own design.
 
What I did to make the skirt was. On the ridge around the waist, I single crocheted around. Next row *single crochet in next three single crochet two single crochet in next single crochet. repeat from * around. Third row three single crochet in each single crochet around.
 
I hope that wasn’t to confusing. I’m not used to trying to write out directions.