Category Archives: Sisters

Loom Knitting

If you have become frustrated by attempts to learn to knit, or crochet or even if you haven’t tried to knit or crochet but would like to learn to craft yarns into lovely things like hats, scarves and even afghans, loom knitting might be the answer.

I come from a crafty family – my grandmother, my mom and my mom’s older sister Ruth had all seemingly mastered the arts of knitting and crocheting among other things. My Mom’s younger sister Donna and my sister KC both do beautiful cross stitch and KC is sharing her skills in sewing by teaching any of us who want to learn – my sister JB and cousin Abbey now sew as well. Apparently despite attempts by Grandma, Aunt Ruth and Mom to pass on the art of crocheting to their offspring, it seems that I am the only one who was able to pick up the craft.

Recently my sister, KC, picked up a set of round knitting looms and found a video tutorial (linked below) for making hats. She discovered how quick and easy it was and decided we (sisters) should get together for a hat making day. It was a few weeks before we could schedule a time to all get together and in the mean time KC had made several hats on her loom. She also taught her grandson (I think he is 8 years old) how to make hats on the loom and he was planning to make them for several of his friends at school and his teacher. One day when visiting my dad KC was telling him about the craft and since he seemed interested she bought him a set of looms and a couple skeins of yarn. He called me that evening to tell me that he completed his first hat. 🙂

Last Thursday was hat day. The group included sisters KC and JB, along with my cousin Laurie, her daughter Abbey and Aunt Donna. Six of us in all and all having various experience with attempting to crochet. It was fun to listen to their stories of have they had tried to learn the craft.

“I can make a long chain,” Aunt Donna said “but never was able to turn.”

Laurie told us how patient Aunt Ruth was when trying to teach her, but how she ended up tearing it out to try again, and again, and again…

KC and JB agreed that Mom was “not so patient” when trying to teach them and they too had to undo the work over and over and over…

While Mom taught me the basics, how to make a chain, how to turn, and how to make a single crochet, I have mostly taught myself. It’s taken a lot of practice, a lot of trial and error, and A LOT of frogging, I have used stitch diagrams and nowadays I use online tutorials and videos. Learning to crochet is not easy.

Loom knitting on the other hand is pretty easy to learn. We spent about 4 hours together on Thursday. KC did most of the teaching and I helped when I could. We probably spent as much time talking and laughing as we did knitting and we took a lunch break, but by the time we left everyone had at least half of a hat finished. KC forwarded the video link to everyone so they would be able to view it if they had questions about how to finish their project.

If all of these people, who have struggled with learning to crochet, can pick up loom knitting so easily I figure it must be worth sharing. Below is the video link for the hat making tutorial. The second link has a chart for making different size hats.

I decided to include a third link which is a finger knitting tutorial. Finger knitting is much like loom knitting only using the fingers on your hand rather than a loom with pegs. If you are curious about loom knitting but aren’t ready to run out and buy a loom you might want grab some yarn and try finger knitting.

Thanks for reading and Happy Crafting! 🙂

 

 

 

http://www.loomahat.com/how-many-rows/

 

Well Said

If you read K.C.’s comments on this recent post https://donteatitsoaps.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/challenging-my-skills/ I have to say I couldn’t agree more. “Sisters Rock!” Without question the greatest gift(s) my parents ever gave me is my 3 sisters. I have also been blessed with 4 daughters and while growing up, they, like me and my sisters, had their differences, it gives me great joy to see them so close as adults.

With that being said, I thought I would share one of my favorite quotes about sisters.

“Sister. She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. Some days, she’s the reason you wish you were an only child.”
Barbara Alpert

 

Challenging My Skills

This time of year, when the darkness and cool temperatures dictate that I spend evenings inside, I tend to spend a lot of my time in the evenings crocheting. I usually make simple things like cotton wash clothes (which my husband loves to wash with) and hot pads, scarves, and slippers like my mom use to make.

A few weeks ago my sister showed me a pattern for some boot type slippers she liked. I looked at the pattern and discovered that they were knit. I told her that I would not be able to make them since I do not knit. A few days later she showed me a crochet pattern she found for a similar slipper. It looked a little more complicated than I was use to, but I told her that I would attempt to make them, so she bought the pattern for me.

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Crochet Pattern

When I got the pattern, I went to my yarn bins, and I pulled out a couple of skeins of worsted weight yarn. I didn’t have any of the real soft yarn that the pattern suggested to use, but I decided to  use what I had on hand for the first attempt at making them.

The pattern was well written and had pictures that were very helpful, but even so I had to go online and watch a video to learn to do a reverse single crochet (a new stitch for me). Other than that stitch, I did not find them to be difficult to make.

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Finished Product

I did not have 4 buttons that were exactly alike, so I chose similar buttons all the same size. I thought this might add character to them. Since my sister has smaller feet than I do, I made a size medium for her. They do not fit me, so I am eager to get them to my sister to see if they fit her, because to me they seemed pretty small. I bought some soft yarn today, so I think my next project will be a pair of these in size large.