Loom Knit Snowmen

snwmn1My husband is in the Christmas spirit early this year. I guess it’s partly my fault since I’ve been working on some holiday crafts. Anyhow, We put up our tree and started decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving. As I was unpacking a box of Christmas decor I came across 3 snowmen I had made for Christmas 2015.

As I recall, I got the idea from CherryWillow in August of 2015. She made some adorable no-sew snowmen out of socks and beads. If you get a chance go check them out. She has a link to a video tutorial link.

I originally wanted to use my Grandson’s socks that he had outgrew when he was much younger. He never got a chance to wear them because he was living in another state. Unfortunately, I had put them in storage and didn’t want to go through boxes to find them, so I decided to make my snowmen out of something else.

I chose to loom knit my snowmen. I made a tube like a sock without a heel and it worked out well.

I made my first one small using a Boye sock loom, using off-white yarn to give it a rustic look. For it’s hat I used a 3.5″ Knifty Knitter loom. I stuffed it with polyfil and glued a round cardboard piece to the bottom for a base. I used buttons for it’s eyes. I crocheted the arms, scarf, carrot nose and sort of embroidered the smile & buttons. I made the pompom using a piece of folded cardboard and wound yarn oodles of times around it.lilsno
I decided to make 2 more snowmen but make them larger and out of white yarn; one made on a 5.5″ Knifty Knitter loom and one made on a 8.75″ Boye long loom. I wanted to see if they would turn out looking very much different using 2 different brands of looms. Happily they look quite similar and both turned well, I think.
I stuffed both snowmen with poly-fil. There’s no weight hardly and no real flat bottoms; I hot glued a round piece of card board to the bottoms so they wouldn’t be as apt to topple over.
I loom knitted their hats and crocheted their arms, scarves, buttons, carrot nose & eyes and embroidered the smile.
I made the blue pompom  using a piece of folded cardboard and wound yarn oodles of times around it.
I accidentally made the red hat an awkward length. It looked dreadful, so instead of a pompom on top, I tied a piece of yarn around the excess hat and made sort of a poof. snwmn2

Snowmen are so fun. I think they bring an extra bit of cheer to winter.

Wishing you all a cheerful rest of the week.

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Happy Crafting!

 

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Yellow & White Loom Weaved Place-mats finished

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Thanks to all the thunderstorms keeping us indoors (and offline) I got all 4 of my place-mats made. They turned out quite well. They’re 12 x 15 inches. They’re real cheerful and bright in real life.
This is my second set of place-mats that I’ve weaved on the Martha Stewart Loom. They’re easy to clean. I just throw them in the wash with everything else and then throw them in the dryer afterwards. I’ve never blocked them.
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I crocheted a doily for the middle of the table. I had to block it. I was too lazy to set up a board and put pins all around it. Instead, I used my yellow Knifty Knitter loom. I placed the stitches of the outer edge of the doily over the posts and sprayed the doily with water, then let it dry. Ta dah! It worked like a charm and was so easy to do.

Happy Crafting!

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Knitting Loom Grinchy Stocking

IMG_8229I made my first ever loom-knitted stocking. I made it for my 14 year old grandson for Christmas. (He liked it and also liked the goodies stuffed inside. 😉 )
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I used a round red Knifty-Knitter loom.

Unfortunately, the website where the basic stocking pattern was posted has disappeared, so I had to delete the link.

I’d never attempted a sock type pattern on a knitting loom before. The heel part always seemed so intimidating. The  pattern’s instructions were simple enough that I was able to do okay with the heel. (I may even try to loom-knit an actual pair of socks or house shoes someday)

The colors I chose for the stocking were so Grinchy that I couldn’t help but try to add his face to the stocking. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out as well as I hoped, but it serves the purpose.

It was fun making the stocking for my Grandson.
I’m not very skilled at looming, but I do enjoy it.

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December Wreath

IMG_8181This wreath post ends my trek of posting a wreath a month.
These 2 wreaths are made using the same tools and techniques as my January wreath.
They are quite festive and jolly for Christmas.

I wish you all joy & a wonderful holiday

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My two December wreaths, pictured at the very top of this post, are made with Red Heart yarn on a Knifty Knitter cord loom and some flower looms that I don’t know what their name is.
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sewmiconThank you Charlotte for being my inspiration.
I can hardly wait to see what you’ve planned for next year.
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Here’s why I posted a ‘Wreath of the Month’ for every month of 2014.
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Loom Knit Kitchen Scrubbies

IMG_7454Last month my Bff called me to tell me a very helpful hint she discovered: use a scrubby to wash potatoes with.
I love this idea and have used it ever since.

IMG_8189Back in the winter my Bff gave me some nice size scrubbies. They’re bigger than the ones I make. So, she told how many pegs and which loom she used.
I’m so glad she helps me. We have so much fun discussing looming and sharing our projects and ideas with each other.

“Thanks so much my Dear Bff,
Your scrubbies are great and your idea to use them as vegetable scrubber is wonderful.
I’m happy to share your hints with my blogging buddies and readers.” 🙂

I thought I’d make a bit of a tutorial to show how I now make bigger scrubbies.
I use regular 4 ply acrylic yarn and tulle to make my kitchen scrubbies.

My terminology may be off. I can’t find the right words sometimes. 😉
Also, this tutorial doesn’t explain how to loom knit, but is written for folks who already know the basics of loom knitting.
If you’d like to take up loom knitting, here’s a link to a youtube.com search results for ‘How to Loom Knit’ It has oodles of videos of most anything you’d need to know to get started loom knitting.

And here we go…

Kitchen Scrubbies
knitting loom
knitting hook
Tulle (or some type netting)
Yarn (I use 2 strands of acrylic 4 ply yarn)
Large Darning Needle

Cut the netting in 1 1/2 inches wide strip about 12 to 15 yards long.
Wind the strip of tulle into a ball.

*Leave about a 12 inches yarn/netting strip to weave in to use as a drawstring when you’re finished.
Or use a drawstring cast-on.
Hold yarn and netting strip together and cast them on the loom in your favorite fashion.
*I use a regular e wrap cast on.

Using E wrap, knit 12 to 15 rows.
*I usually just knit until there’s about 12 inches of the yarn/netting strip left.

To bind off, thread a darning needle with the yarn/netting strip and feed it through the loops as you take them off the pegs. Continue until the scrubby is off the loom.

Pull the the yarn/netting strip drawstring tight and tie off

Weave the beginning 12 inch strip of yarn/netting strip in and out of the edge stitches making a drawstring.
Pull tight and tie off.

I generally thread the strip through the scrubby and tack it to the other side to secure it in place.

The 5 1/2 inch blue knifty knitter loom makes about a 4 inch scrubby.
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I make smaller scrubbies using a Martha Stwart square loom with 20 pegs.
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A Scrubby is another handy item that can be made from left over yarn.

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Further Resources:
Here’s a link to a tutorial for Scrubbies.
There’s a few differences between it and mine. Go and check it out, it may be a more understandable and a better method for you if you’re interested in loom knitting a scrubby.


 

edited in 1-15-2019 – hopefully helpful info:
PVC Pipe Knitting Loom Stands

 

https://joysofcreating.com/2019/01/15/pvc-pipe-knitting-loom-stands/

 

 


 

misc thoughts & hints for yarnies & loomers

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This blog post is a few miscellaneous thoughts and hints for yarnies like me. I hope one of them  may help make your yarn crafting adventures more enjoyable.

The Knifty Knitter cord loom is a fun little gadget. It makes a nice cord with 5 pegs, but if you want a smaller cord you can use 3 pegs.
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Jute or grass twine makes a lovely cord for trivets or even little baskets.
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I find that alot of times my Martha Stewart loom pegs don’t want to stay put. It’s a major irritation.
I first tried yarn stuffed in the holes, then tried bits of paper, then masking tape, they worked but I wasn’t happy with them. Then I tried painter’s tape and I haven’t looked back.
I use a layer(or 2) of painter’s tape over the loom holes.
I use a toothpick to break the tape over the hole and then push the peg in.
This method works really well for me.
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I had My first experience at rolling a ball of yarn that wasn’t end fed like the 4 ply skeins I usually use.
t0473I got frustrated at first with the skein tumbling and capturing everything including the attention of (our dog) Sheli. He and I got into a bit of a kerfuffle for a few seconds.
I stuffed the skein into a plastic grocery bag and hung it on my arm. I quickly discovered that not only was it protected from Sheli, but it fed easy and rolled beautifully.
I do love accidental discoveries. 🙂
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I bought my first couple skeins ever of bulky yarn. It’s Lion Brand Hometown USA
It’s a bulky yarn and is 81 yards long
I wanted to see how big a square made with 81 yards would be, so I crocheted a solid granny square. I used a size N crochet hook. The square came out to be about 12 inches x 12 inches
I decided to try a regular granny square and was amazed that it too came out to be about 12 inches x 12 inches… I would’ve thought that it would have been bigger. :/
lb81yardsAnyway, this was a pretty good experiment because now if I want to make an blanket of granny squares out of bulky yarn, I can better guess how much yarn I need.
I’m envisioning a big bulky blanket of 12 inch squares. I think it would be fun to try. I may make one sometime.

This is all my thoughts and hints for the moment.
I hope they’ll help make your yarn crafting more enjoyable.

You’re welcome to share your hints if you want too.

Here’s wishing you happy
adventures in crafting!
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February Wreath

IMG_7229My ‘Wreath of the Month‘ for February,
is dressed up in traditional hearts and flowers
in red, pink and white in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Here’s wishing you all a wonderful February
filled with happiness and smiles.

Happy Early Valentine’s Day to you all.

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My February wreath, pictured at the top of this post, is made with Red Heart yarn on a Knifty Knitter cord loom and some flower looms that I don’t know what their brand is.
As extra decor, I crocheted the rose and the hearts.

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Related posts:
January Wreath

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Here’s why I’m making a ‘Wreath of the Month’ for every month of 2014.
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Handmade Bean Pot Cord Loom

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Sunday morning I woke up wanting to make some knitted cording, but I wanted it to be smaller than my Knifty Knitter cord loom makes. Some days I’m not real patient and Sunday morning was one of those times, so ordering a new loom wasn’t an option. I didn’t feel like going shopping, so I decided to make one of my own. 

Making a loom is somewhat simple if you have the right materials.
We have finishing nails which work well for loom pegs.
And after an hour of brain storming and rummaging through my craft supplies, I settled on a wooden bean pot candle holder for the base of the loom. I figured it’d be easy to drill and put nails in.

My husband is a good sport whenever I have an idea for a new creation. He’s always right there to help. I rely on his knowledge of what I call ‘Guy Stuff’ when it comes to using power tools or building anything.
We went straight to work on it at 5 am…

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The finishing nails were originally 2 inches long and way too
long to use, so my husband cut them down to about 1 1/8 inch.bpcl2

I drew around a penny and drew a star in the middle to
use for a pattern for the placement of the nails
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We marked where the nail pegs go.bpcl4

First drill or bore out the center hole to 1/2 inch,
then drill small holes for the nail pegs,
Lightly sand any splintery or rough spots,
make sure the center hole is smooth.

Carefully tamp the nail pegs in place.

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It took about 30 minutes to get my little cord loom made.
I got some yarn and began to use it immediately.
I was pleased to discover that the upside-down bean pot shape fits
in my hand almost perfectly & made looming the cord more enjoyable.

My new cord loom turned out better than I’d hope
(and saved me some money too. I like that. 😉 )

I hope your weekend was a pleasant one.
Wishing you all a week of successful
and fun creating & crafting.

🙂

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January Wreath

IMG_7482My blogging buddy Charlotte is an amazing talented lady. For the past few years she’s set up a challenge for the year to make a blog post about each month. In 2012 she posted gorgeous doll quilts, in 2013 she posted charming aprons. This year she’s chosen ‘Hope Chest’ as her theme. Each month she’ll post about an item or items that she adds to the chest. Charlotte’s first addition to the chest for this year is a set of Lovely Redwork Dishtowels. I highly recommend that you go and see her Redwork. It’s so neat and pretty. While you’re there, surf through her blog posts for a journey into wholesome farm life and also see her gorgeous quilts.

Charlotte’s idea of a challenge for a monthly post inspires me. I’ve decided to set a challenge for my self for the year. It took a bit of brain-storming to think of something, but I think I’ve came up with a fairly good idea. I enjoy making wreaths and have wanted to make some to change with the seasons, so it’s not that big a leap to make a wreath to celebrate each month. I look forward to making the wreaths and hopefully it’ll help keep my blog active after I finish my Redwork. Some month’s I may post more than one wreath.

My January wreath, pictured at the top of this post, is made with Red Heart yarn on a Knifty Knitter cord loom and some flower looms that I don’t know what their name is.
IMG_7474Several of my wreaths will be made using these looms. I really enjoy making the cords as time fillers and the flowers are just fun to make.

sewmiconThank you Charlotte for being my inspiration.

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Wishing each month of this year to be a happy one for you all.
🙂
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