Long Long Martha Stewart Loom Part 2

P1000773108 inches = 9 feet
2 Martha Stewart Looms
8 – 6 pegs, 8 – 12 pegs, 4 – 36 pegs
288 pegs

Question about Martha Stewart Looms part 2:
“I was thinking of making one very long single loom with 2 packages of MS looms (not using corners or round pieces)…..do you think this will work?”

I put the 2 Martha Stewart Loom sets together in the long-long form. In the long-long form it’s not very sturdy and needs support otherwise it won’t handle the weight of much yarn in making a blanket or a large piece.P1000762

As you can see in the below photo, The long-long form isn’t strong enough to hold it’s own shape. I think it might break if it wasn’t on a stationary support of some sort.P1000777

Happy  Loom Knitting!smileywreath

This is a follow up post to my previous post
‘Martha Stewart Long Knitting Loom Sizes’

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Martha Stewart Long Knitting Loom Sizes & peg spacing widths

I had a request for the measurements of Martha Stewart Loom set when the pieces are made into long looms.

I discovered that 3 different size long looms can be made.
Here’s the peg count and loom lengths:
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Long Loom 1:
200 pegs
2 – 28 pegs half circles
4 – 6 pegs
4 – 12 pegs
2 – 36 pegs
76 inches around0-200
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Long Loom 2:
168 pegs
4 – 6 pegs corner pieces
4 – 6 pegs
4 – 12 pegs
2 – 36 pegs
64 inches around0-6
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Long Loom 3:
164 pegs
2 – 10 pegs end pieces
4 – 6 pegs
4 – 12 pegs
2 – 36 pegs
63 inches around0-10

Happy  Loom Knitting!smileywreath

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edited in: 3-30-2019
I’ve had a request for pegs spacing sizes,
so I made a photo graphic it and added it to this post.


 

Dreaming of a Picnic

1-picnicblanketPicnic weather is finally here. Hopefully I’ll be able to use my picnic blanket sometime this Summer.
I made it last year using my Martha Stewart loom set, but never got a chance to use it outside.
2-picnicblanketMy picnic blanket is about 62″x 44″
After I got it all together and finished, I washed it and laid it wrong side up on the floor so I could clip/tie off  any loose yarn ends. My grandson laid down on it. Like a toddler following in his big brothers footsteps Shelibean laid down on it too. They looked so comfy that it made me wonder if it’s more of a napping blanket instead of a picnic blanket. lol I’m glad they laid on it and I was able to click off a couple photos because it kind of helps give an idea of the size.
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The squares are half red and half other colors. I positioned them in a manner to be a zigzag type pattern.
I wove red & white triangles to fill in the sides and corners.3-picnicblanket5-picnicblanketThe only thing I would have done differently with my picnic blanket is I would have made it one row of squares wider so the zigzag would be pointing the same way on each side. I didn’t realize it until I had it mostly sewn together and I wasn’t about to take it apart.

I’m quite pleased with my blanket. I’ve gotten many compliments on it. Most folks are fascinated that I used a Martha Stewart Loom set to weave it. I tell them it was somewhat like making a quilt. I made the blocks and then hand sewed them all together. It took alot of time to make all the blocks, but it’s so worth it when I see my finished creation.

picnicI hope you all have warm sunny days
to have many fun filled picnics.
Have a great rest of the week!

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Here’s a video I found on youtube that shows
how to weave the triangles on a square loom:


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Martha Stewart Loom set

4-msloomMy blogging buddy Renee inspired this post. She mentioned that she didn’t know that Martha made looms.
It occurred to me that she may not be alone on that. I figure I should post some photos of my Martha Stewart loom set to show what I talk about so much in looming.

2-msloomHere’s all the pieces parts straight out of the case.

Pros:
You can weave or knit oodles of stuff in a lot of different sizes.

It’s fun to put together. (Brings back nostalgic memories of tinker toys. 😉 )

Lion Brand web site has info and patterns for the Martha Stewart looms.
Lion Brand – Martha Stewart  has a lots of videos on youtube on how to knit and weave with the looms.
The cast on and the bind off was tricky for me to learn at first, so I was thankful for the videos.

Aggrivations:

5-msloomsetThe Martha Stewart loom hook isn’t good quality and bends/breaks easily.
I do like the handle of the MS loom hook. I wish they’d put a little more time in the actual quality of the hook part.
Fortunately, I had ordered a Knifty Knitter loom hook and didn’t have to use the MS one for long. The MS hook wire was getting weak and would’ve broken in no time.
I now use a super sturdy loom hook that came with my Kb Afghan Loom, so I am good to go.

loomtapeSome of the pegs fit loose and I use painter’s tape to hold them in and some of the pegs fit so tight I carefully hammer them in.

3-msloomThere’s not a comfortable way to store the pegs in the plastic case of the loom set, oh I could put the pegs in bags and stuff them stuff in the back, but I don’t like that at all. So I bought a 6 pack of little waters that my Grandson happily helped empty. I soaked off the labels and use them to store my pegs in. The little bottles work like a charm.

1-msloomI must confess that all-in-all I really enjoy the loom set. In fact I enjoy it so much that I bought a second set. Well, it was on sale and I thought if I had a second set I could put the parts together with my first set and knit or weave some really big stuff. lol Also I can have more than one project going at once. I haven’t used my second set yet, but I have it if I ever take a hankering to use it. 😉

This is all for me at the moment.

I hope you all have a fabulous Friday
and a wonderful weekend.
🙂

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Potholders on a Martha Stewart loom

IMG_8531The other day I needed a potholder. I went to my dishcloth/potholder drawer and discovered that all my potholders were in the washing machine. It was then I realized that I had only 4 potholders and needed more.
I thought about sewing some up and I may yet, but I needed one sooner than I could pull my fabric and supplies together and make one.

I remembered that back in early winter my Bff had given me a bag of cotton craft loops. They’re sort of a teri-cloth type, but I figured they’d work. I needed a loom though. Thank goodness for my Martha Stewart loom set. I put together a loom that was a big as the loop would stretch and I began happily weaving.

IMG_8525I discovered early on that if I used the normal bind-off that the potholder would be too small. I decided to stitch the edge with cotton yarn and bind it off that way.

IMG_8518On the first potholder, I weaved cotton yarn throughout it and crocheted around the edge, but I really don’t like the way it looks, so the others I just stitched around the outside loops.

I like my new potholders, they’re not pretty and have wonky stitches, but they work and that’s the important thing.

I thanked my Bff for the loops. I enjoyed making several nice size heavy potholders with them and wished that she was here making some too.

Here’s wishing you all a good day with
quick resolutions to any issues that arise.
sewinggran

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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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🙂
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