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This past spring/summer I had the opportunity to work on a pattern booklet for the All-n-One loom from the Authentic Knitting Board company.  I was asked to submit 5 design proposals for loom knit patterns using the All-n-One.  Of those, 3 would be chosen for the booklet.

An All-n-One loom arrived here in late April and a lot of loom knitting followed.  Plus pattern writing, and pic clicking, etc.  But enough about the nitty gritty details 😉  All of that work, and the work of a few other very talented loom knit designers has come together inside the pages of this fabulous new booklet:

A few lucky recipients got their hands on advance copies of this booklet, Loom Knitting with the All-n-One Loom, at a loom knitting retreat in Texas at the end of October.  Lucky ducks, right?  But, not to worry – you can now purchase this booklet from the Authentic Knitting Board website.  (Just click the link at the top of this paragraph)

Alright, just for kicks, let’s take a look at the projects I contributed to this book.  First up, is Darby:

Darby is a textured, rectangular wrap knit in Bernat Mosaic.  Mosaic has lovely, vibrant colorways and was the perfect yarn for this spirited accessory.  It was fun watching the colors change as I worked through this project.  I think this design would be beautiful if worked up in a solid color too.

Next up is Ashley:

Ashley is a delicate, feminine shawlette.  It was knit with Sheep(ish) from Caron.  I was aiming for something whisper soft with a wonderful drape.  I am really pleased with how this shawlette turned out.  It feels very luxurious and completely cuddly.  I need to make at least two more just like it!

And last, but definitely not least, Hadley:

Hadley started out as a dress only.  Specifically, a knitted vest with an attached fabric skirt.  Somewhere along the line, I decided to modify the pattern to give the option for knitters to knit the vest as a stand alone piece, or to knit the vest and then add the fabric skirt.  I think it made the design much more versatile.

Here is a look at the Hadley vest:

And one more of the Hadley dress:

So, now you have a closer look at three of the designs in the Loom Knitting with the All-n-One Loom book.  But the loom knitting fun has only just begun.  There are 8 additional projects in the book and they are all fantastic!

The Loom Knitting with the All-n-One Loom book is beautifully put together and well worth adding to your loom knitting library (if I do say so myself, haha).  If you don’t already have a copy, maybe Santa will spoil you with it this Christmas… 😉

Happy Loom Knitting!

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A new month has breezed on in and that means new loom alongs, too!

In the Loom Along group on Ravelry, for the main loom along, we’ve started working on the Drop Stitch Scarf pattern by Isela Phelps. We’ll be working on this pattern through May and June, so you’ll have plenty of time to make a drawer full of these pretties.

Also in the Loom Along group, for the Purchased Pattern LAL, we’re still working on the Pinwheel Baby Blanket pattern by Denise Layman.  This one runs until the end of May, so come on over and join in on the fun.

In the Loom Knitter’s Circle group on Ravelry, we’re taking advantage of the newly published issue of Loom Knitter’s Circle.  We’re working on Bethany Dailey‘s lovely Chain Lace Cowl from the Spring 2012 issue.  I’ve also set this one up as an event in the LKC group on facebook so pick your favorite place to play and come loom along.

In the Loomin’ Socks group, they’ve moved on from mini socks and are making full sized socks.  Diana has lined up some great resources for loom knitting socks, so be sure to check it out.  And the Loom Class group on yahoo has some neat projects lined up for this month.  Hop on over there and check them out.  And that wraps up all of the current loom alongs that I happen to know about 😉

Happy Loom Knitting!

 

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I recently had the fabulous opportunity to interview Isela Phelps, loom knit designer and author of the new booklet, Learn to Knit Cables on Looms. Isela’s new booklet is a beautiful, glossy, soft-cover booklet with 9 brilliant designs that will take you on an exciting cabling journey. Inside the booklet, you will find helpful directions on making cables, including photographed visual aids. Cables can bring beauty and sophistication to your projects and Learn to Knit Cables on Looms is definitely an important addition to any loom knitter’s library. This booklet has a little something in it for everyone, whether you prefer socks, afghans, or purses and bags. I was trying to narrow down to one favorite project and just couldn’t choose between the Fairamay Shawl on page 12 and the Jamie’s Mitts on page 14. I think I am going to have to make them both. See how wonderful they are?

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Here are some thoughts Isela shared in the interview about cables, her new booklet, and designing:

I love the look of cables, but have been afraid to try them. What advice or recommendations can you give to those of us who are just starting to try cables?

My number one recommendation is the following: take it slow. At first, it is going to be difficult and the instructions are going to read extremely bizarre, but they work. As you keep practicing, your cables would look better and better. In the famous words of Dory, (from Pixar’s movie Nemo) “Just keep swimming” or in our case, cabling.

(For a little extra motivation, maybe hum Dory’s song while you work on your cables)

The projects in the booklet are all written for large gauge looms like the Knifty Knitters. Do you have a favorite gauge for cables?

Cables look great on any stitch gauge, they look great knitted with thin yarns and with chunky ones too. They are just lovable!

The book has a really nice variety of projects in it. Do you have a favorite type of project to use cables in?

Socks. Oops, I said it again. Socks are my ultimate favorite project and I try to incorporate cables into them all the time.

You have so many lovely designs. What do you like most about designing?

Working out a challenge. For example, the earflap hat in the booklet. I had this idea in my head for this hat, I sketched it out and it looked great, until it came time to knit. I came to a road block when I had to decrease for the crown. I wanted the cable to continue up with the crown shaping which meant that the cable had to decrease too to go along with the shaping. I sat for a few afternoons writing, drawing, knitting, frogging but when everything was done, I felt extreme satisfaction!

Way to go Isela! It’s a very pretty hat. If you don’t have the booklet yet, here is the lovely Cion Earflap Hat featured on page 26 in the booklet:

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Inquiring minds want to know – Where do you find the time to bring us such fabulous designs?

I really don’t have much free time. I am a person that has to be busy 24 hours a day and I try to squeeze all my activities into the 18 that I am awake although I book the entire 24. I sleep very little and when I am awake, I work as fast as I can (or as little as possible) on chores around the house, then I take care of my kiddos, while taking care of the kiddos, I drag my knitting, or my books around, so while they play I am either knitting or researching. If I don’t have my nose in a book, or my hands occupied with my knitting, I am at the computer. Much of my success, if I may call it that, has to do a lot with a supportive hubby. He is there for me and for the kids whenever we need him. The guy even goes to pick up cable needles and stitch markers for me from the yarn shop when I am on a tight deadline! So there you have it, my secret… it is Sam. I take some of his hours of his day and put them into mine.

I have the clean as little as possible down pat. I wonder if I can borrow Sam?

Finally, a lot of work goes into a project like this. What is one thing you would like to tell us about creating this booklet?

This booklet has been one of my most favorite projects to work on in my “looming career”. I was able to research and play around with a concept that has had me intrigued since childhood. Although I am very good at creating cables on needles, I wanted to bring that world into the loom knitting community and American School of Needlework allowed me to do that by providing me with this opportunity. Cables may look complicated but they are not, it is simple knitting with a few twists and turns that shape an ordinary project into something extraordinary. I sometimes think of cables as a person’s life. We are thrown little obstacles in our lives but each one of those obstacles polishes/shapes us into something better. I hope that the booklet helps others become enamored with cables and, like me, that they may take every chance they get to throw a little twist in their knits!

Wow! That’s a really neat way to look at things! Thank you Isela for this chance to visit with you and learn more about you and your new booklet! It’s been delightful!

Thank you Jenny, for having me on your blog and for hosting the tour of my little booklet.

Anytime, Isela! Thanks for sharing your talents with us and inspiring us.

So, if you don’t already have your copy of Learn to Knit Cables on Looms, hop on over to Decor Accents, Inc and grab one! Have a great day!

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