Archive for January, 2013

Mattel Knitting Machine

I managed to get a 1974 mattel knitting machine from ebay and it works beautifuly. My R.A. has REALLY been bothering me a lot lately and the crank knitter has not been bothering it at all. I’m one of those people who needs to constantly be doing something with my hands (I start to get stressed out if I don’t. Crafting enhances my calm.) and R.A. can slow that down quite a bit. I can see myself using this little cutie a lot. The one I bought still had the pattern book with it, so it was a really lucky find. I’ve been making the “puffs” or “granny circles” that are in the book. They are supposed to be sewn together to make something larger. They are basically a knitted version of the yo yo’s that people make out of cloth.

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Project Book

Project Book

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DIY Yarn Bowl

DIY Yarn Bowl

I came across this today and just had to share. Such a cool idea.

Loom Knit Complaint

I enjoy loom knitting, but I don’t do it as often as needle knitting, because there just aren’t that many patterns for loom knitting out there. There are quite a few for the large gauge looms like the knifty knitters, but very few for the smaller gauge. My preference is for smaller gauge. I just like the way it looks better. I wish more people would realize what a nice tool knitting looms are and start making patterns for them. Since I live in Texas, preferably something other than HATS. If someone could make a pattern book full of small gauge loom knitted toys… That would be awesome. Please and Thank You.

Knitting Goodies

I love it when my piggy bank gets full! It means I get to make a trip to the local coin star machine then shopping for crafting goodies. Today I was able to score TWO really awesome things with my piggy bank money. The first one is a 1970’s Mattel knitting machine with the pattern book. My main reason for wanting it is so I can make a knitted version (rather than the sewn version) of yo yo’s. The instructions for the knitting machine calls them “granny circles”. The other thing I got was the kb all-n-one loom. It can be a round loom, knitting board, and a rake knitter. I’ve wanted that thing since I first laid eyes on it, but just haven’t been able to because of the price and distance I would have to drive to get it. (after paying for the gas to get to hobby lobby I wouldn’t have enough money left to buy the loom!) but I was able to get it today because it was 40% off. *happy dance* So excited

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my furbaby made sure he got into the picture. lol!

EDIT: After I received the knitting machine the year that is printed on the bottom is 1974

Basic Shawl

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I couldn’t find a loom pattern for the type of shawl I wanted, so I’m just winging it. I’m making a basic rectangle shawl. I may or may not add pockets to it when I’m done. Not sure at this point. How I’m doing it is… I have my Martha Stewart loom set to large gauge (the pink pegs) 64 pegs. Using one strand of Bernat Soft Boucle Knitting flat. e-wrap cast on. purl one row. e-wrap stitch the next row. repeat those two rows until desired length. Warning! If you use this yarn, because of the way this yarn is made, you need to knit very loosely or your yarn WILL break.

Martha Stewart Loom

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I recently sold a stuffed animal I crocheted and used the money I made from it to buy my daughter and I each a Martha Stewart Knit and Weave Loom. I’m loving all the different looms I can make with it. It feels sturdy in my hands when I use it. I also really like that I can use large gauge or small gauge pegs. I always hated the fact that I couldn’t use a single strand of worsted weight yarn with my Knifty Knitters. I CAN do that with the Martha Stewart loom. So far the only thing I’ve found about this loom that is a bit bothersome is that when I’m using my small gauge pegs some of them want to wiggle loose. On the up side though I figured out a little trick to help with that. At the bottom of the peg. The end that inserts into the loom… the pegs have a gap in the center… If I use something (coin or back side of a butter knife) to widen the gap a little  on the ones that are doing that, it has been taking care of the problem. Other than that, it’s been a nice loom to use and I’ve really been enjoying it.