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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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The Spring 2012 issue of Loom Knitter’s Circle was published this past weekend!  If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, be sure and check it out.  It’s packed full of wonderful articles and patterns.  And this time, I even managed to sneak a design in the current issue 😉  Meet my little Chickie-Dee!

My kids have a couple of soft, baby chicks (stuffed toys) that they love to play with.  And every once in awhile, when the chicks were out of the toy box, I’d find myself thinking that I could probably make a chickie that looked very close to their chicks.  Last month, I finally gave it a try.  This sweet softie toy is what I came up with.

In the picture above, Chickie has 1/4″ button eyes.  The second Chickie I made was going to be a gift for a baby shower, so I embroidered the eyes on with a tapestry needle and black yarn (still very cute, and safer for households with little ones, or pets that might chew the button eyes off):

While we’re talking about this fun little creation, I’d like to give a shout out to my wonderfully talented friend, Bethany Dailey.  Some of Chickie’s design elements are inspired by her creativity.  Chickie’s tail is done in short rows just like in Bethany’s darling Mr. Wobbles.  And the fun little tuft of fluff on the top of Chickie’s head was inspired by the Pacifier Pals in Bethany’s fabulous book, Loom Knitting for Little People.  (If you don’t already have a copy of this book, I highly recommend it ).

In my experience, each new project that we undertake has something to teach us.  We build on our skills as we try new things.  And the Spring 2012 issue of LKC is chock full of loomy learnin’ so hop on over there and have some fun!

Happy loom knitting!

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Hi there!  It’s time to talk about the loom alongs that started this month 🙂

In the Loom Along group on Ravelry, for the basic loom along, we’ll still be working on Loom Knit Kitties and Loom Knit Bunnies.  The bunny and kitty are cute, little soft toys and would make fun gifts for Easter or a special little someone’s birthday.

Also in the Loom Along group, we just started up a new Purchased Pattern LAL.  During the months of April and May, we’ll be working on the Pinwheel Baby Blanket pattern by Denise Layman.  Denise’s pattern teaches you how to make the pinwheel blanket and also includes a fun sawtooth edging to accentuate the pinwheel center.

In the Loom Knitter’s Circle group on Ravelry, we started up a new Loomin’ in the Archives LAL.  This month, we’ll be working on the Market Tote by Norma Cooper from the Summer 2007 issue of Loom Knitter’s Circle magazine.  ‘Go Green’ with this project and cut down on your reliance on plastic bags.  Perfect timing with this project since Earth Day is just around the corner 😉  ETA:  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.

Last, but definitely not least, an exciting chance to learn how to loom knit socks.  Our fabulous moderator in the Loomin’ Socks group has been putting together a SAL (Sock Along) to help loom knitters learn to make socks on their knitting looms.  They are beginning with a mini sock, then will progress to a pair of full size socks.  If you’ve ever wanted to loom knit socks, hop on over to the Loomin’ Socks group and join in on the fun.

And that wraps up all of the Loom Alongs that I happen to know about.  Pick a project (or two, or three) and get ready to have a great time.  Happy Loom Knitting!

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Here it is mid-March and I’m just popping in to let you know about the current loom alongs.  So sorry.

In the Loom Along group, we started working on two fun projects for the basic loom along – Loom Knitting Kitty and Loom Knitting Bunny.  We’ll be working on those through the end of April, so I hope you can hop on over and join in on the fun.

Also, in the Loom Along group, the Purchased Pattern loom along for Renee’s Sweet on Ruffles Shawlette is still in progress.  This one wraps up at the end of March, so finish up those shawls and share your wonderful pics with us.

In the Loomin’ Socks group, our wonderful moderator, greengirl7, has been cooking up some Sock Along fun.  Right now, we’re in the planning stages, but it’s looking like we’ll be working on the basics of loom knitting socks starting in April.  Pop in to the planning thread if you’d like to get in on the sock knitting fun.

We held off starting a new loom along in the Loom Knitter’s Circle group.  You are more than welcome to drop in on the 25th Street Stole thread and whip up a quick scarf or wrap.  Or, you can wait until April, when we’ll have another archives loom along and we’ll plan a loom along from one of the patterns in the Spring Issue of LKC.

Speaking of the Loom Knitter’s Circle webzine – if you are a designer, today is the day to submit patterns for the Spring 2012 issue!  You can send your submissions to lkcmag@gmail.com.  Be sure to visit the submissions page to check the current guidelines.  I can’t wait to see what crops up in the next issue 🙂

Happy Knitting!

 

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At some point, this little pattern slipped onto the Free Patterns page quietly, with not even a blog post to mark its arrival.  So sneaky, right?  We’ll let’s chat about it now, shall we?

I designed this simple envelope style clutch in February 2010 for a loom class I was teaching featuring the garter stitch pattern.  The project and pattern were created as an exercise in creating the garter stitch pattern on a knitting loom.  After the class was finished, I added the file to this blog and went to work on something else.

I’ve had a few questions on this little bag, so I thought I’d take a look at the pattern and add some helpful pictures of the finishing process.  So, here it is, all spiffed up:

Have fun!

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“Sweet childish days, that were as long, As twenty days are now.” – William Wordsworth

Isn’t this so true?  I remember days that seemed to stretch on forever when I was younger.  Especially the hours spent at school.  And it felt like holidays and birthdays would never arrive.  Now the days and weeks just zip on by.  Life keeps me busy, busy and that makes the hours fly.   

Still, I’m not complaining.  It’s all good as long as I can find a bit of time here and there to squeeze in a little yarn play 🙂

These little fairies have been waiting to come out and play since late last September.  I have a pattern written up for them and all ready to go.  I’ll let you know when and where it gets posted.

I was so thrilled with how this little project turned out.  Isn’t it sweet and cheery?  I did this little gift bag for an article that was just published in the Loom Knitter’s Circle magazine.  If you’d like to check it out, visit the site, click on Articles and mine is the first one – Let’s Get Ready to Scrumble!  Exploring Free Form Loom Knitting.  This cute little giftie went to kiddo’s bus assistant.  She fell and broke her hip back in February and probably won’t be able to return to work.  This pretty bag flew out the door as soon as the strap was sewn on.  We gave it to kiddo’s bus driver to take it to Miss Nancy.  Hopefully it is helping to cheer her through her recovery.

Here is a little something fun that you won’t catch from the article in the Loom Knitter’s Circle:

This is the flip side of the little gift bag.  As you may (or may not) know, I crochet, needle knit and loom knit – along with various other crafts.  I couldn’t resist slipping a bit of crochet in on this cute little bag.  It’s rather perfect, don’t you think?  Combining two of my favorite crafts into what I think may be one of the prettiest things I’ve done with yarn so far.  Well, it made me smile at least, haha.

I’ve also been tinkering with my little lady bug pattern.  I’ve made a few improvements and modifications and will be putting together a new pattern for it.  Here is a look at the new, improved little critter:

This one is also in a sort of limbo but I’ll let you know when it’s available as well.  Alright, better run – there is work to be done.  Wishing you all a great day – and if it’s busy, may you still find a bit of time for play 😉

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Hey there 🙂 I am so proud of myself! I have been wanting to try my hand at broomstick lace for quite some time. Last night I finally got around to it. It was a bit tricky learning because I am left handed and there really aren’t tutorials out there for lefties. But I stuck with it and finally figured it out. I figured a small project would be best to learn with so I made up a dishcloth.

Last week I finished up the pattern for the 4th square for the Afghan/Lapghan Project. I am really excited about this one. It turned out really pretty. Here’s a tiny sneak peek:

                          

I also found some time to finish up three more afghan squares for the Afghan CAL on Ravelry. I think this afghan will be really pretty. It’s going to be hard to give it away.  For some reason, the pictures for the afghan squares won’t load up.  So, if you would like to see them, you can check them out on Ravelry.  My favorite is the Lacy Sun.  I also finished the Flower Burst and Lovely in Green (which I did not make in green because it didn’t fit in my color scheme.)  I hope you enjoy them.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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