Posts tagged ‘loom’

Rubber Bands

Here’s something fun I’ve recently discovered. Rubber band looms. The one I have is called a “Rainbow Loom”. I chose this one, because out of all of the ones I looked at this one is the most versatile. Not only can I expand the length and width by adding a second loom (something you can do with other brand looms as well) but I can change my loom set up from offset pegs to in line pegs. I haven’t yet found another brand that allows that. I also like the clear pegs. It makes it easier for me to see wich rubber band I need to hook. Rubber band looms are actually considered childrens toys, but I’ve never let that stop me before. I have no problem letting my inner child play. With that being said here are a few things I’ve made. Video instructions for all of these things can be found on Youtube. Just type in Rainbow Loom and all sorts of fun projects will come up for you to do. ūüôā

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The first rubber band charm I made.

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Baby Duck, Candy Cane, and Poodle Charms.

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Bracelets I made following along with youtube videos.

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Pink and white poodle I made following along with a youtube video.

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This is what my Rainbow Loom looks like.

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.

Blanket Done!

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Finally finished! I would have gotten it done a long time ago, but I got frustrated with our pets. They just wouldn’t stay off of it while I was working on it! That made it impossible for me to be able to turn my work when I needed to and that is twice for every row. What I ended up doing was to spend a Saturday at the car lot with my husband and work on it there.