Saturday, January 29, 2011

Loosey Goosey or Lucy Loose?

Hello everyone! :-) 

It has been brought to my attention that 2 viewers feel that my use of a word has breached a copyright from Michael Sellick at The Crochet Crowd and mikeyssmail, by Mikey himself. Michael & I actually communicate with one another.  He totally understands me and I was not trying to copy him.  I actually have used the word for over 30 years. However since he has been on here longer his viewership is very loyal which I appreciate & understand.  I want to stress how fun I think loom knitting is & really want this to be another spot to find stitches or ideas for your progress and projects. Let the creativity flow! :-) Let's help one another & build each other up. 

Wanna know the "word"? I have been crafting since I was a kid and have ALWAYS said loosey goosey. When I heard that on his videos I laughed so hard because I say that!! Haha! It was like when I started learning I kept finding other videos at first; then I found Mikey.  I was thrilled! Here is a guy that GETS ME. I understand his language and approach. It's sad people stir up stuff like that but I understand.  Please hear me.  I'm here to educate and have fun.  I'm not here to rip someone off.  I love crafts and I love helping others. If you love that too you are in the right place.  If not accept my apologies if you were offended and let's move forward.  Have a great weekend and HAPPY LOOMING!! :-)

P.S. This is the last you'll see me speak on this.  I may refer people back to this blog but that's all.

How's Lucy Loose?  LOL...is she?  (oh no she didn't?!)

Friday, January 28, 2011

How To Loom Knit the Twisted Knit Stitch

Hello Looming friends!

I've uploaded my first tutorial.  The video will be included below or you can catch it and new videos by subscribing to my YouTube channel.  Just click subscribe and check the box to email you.  You'll be emailed when I upload videos.

This first video is my first attempt and I'm working out the kinks.  Thank you for your graciousness as I may fumble...don't we all? :-)

WHAT YOU'LL SEE: 
Quick Introduction to different Loom Types (showing some I have in the background)

Using Long green loom (rectangle)
Making a home made Styler (for quick setup of yarns on pegs)
We'll Cast On using two strands. (Note for beginners-This is how you put the yarn on at first to get started)
Cast On Method - Twisted Knit Stitch
Main Stitch Method/Pattern - Twisted Knit Stitch

WHAT YARN IS USED:
2 strands of #3 or 4 yarn in two different colors. 
(Just a standard crafting acrylic yarn.  You can use wool, cotton or acrylic.  This is just what I used.)

DIFFICULTY LEVEL:
Beginner - This video I go a bit slow.  if you are new to loom knitting this is a great video for you.

IDEAS FOR THIS STITCH:
This stitch is great for scarves, lovey, blankets, placemats, pot holders (in cotton!) and a number of other projects you can build from panels.

Twisted Knit Stitch


Please come back and tell me what you made from this stitch.  I'd love to hear from YOU!

Have fun everyone, Happy Looming!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

New Twist in Loom Knitting

Loom Knitting is so nice because it is easy to learn and great for people of almost all ages.  There are no needles required.  Just a loom, a small special knitting tool and yarn are all you need to get started.

There are many stitches that imitate traditional knitting with needles.  Don't get me wrong though, loom knitting or knitting on a "rake" has been around for hundreds of years.  It is faster than traditional knitting and its extra wonderful for those who have carpel tunnel or other hindering issue with holding long knitting needles for period at a time.

One stitch that is very pretty is a rib stitch.  A single or even double rib is often imitated on the loom and there are many tutorials on YouTube on how to make those.  Tonight I wanted to film a tutorial on each of them and decided to be adventurous and attempt to design a triple rib stitch. It turned out nicely and I wanted to just show a quick overview of what the three rib type stitches look like side by side.




I hope this helpful.  Thanks for dropping by!


Loom Knitting: Stitches side by side, Rib & Twisted. Twisted knit stitch, single rib, double rib and triple rib stitch  shown side by side to see the difference in over all look. Ever see a triple on a loom?! It is so gorgeous! Tutorials to follow at future date.

Video

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Valentine Jewelry listed and QUICK POLL!

Hi friends!

I've got a simple poll I'd LOVE to have your quick feedback on.  It's to the right and its all about what you'd like to read next!--------->

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Thanks for passing the link onward.  Love you my friends and readers!! :-)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Trial & ERROR

Last night I was excited to make a matching bracelet and necklace for the first time.  I've never made this type of bracelet.  In fact I haven't made a bracelet since braiding Friendship bracelets long ago...remember those?

I'm a larger gal and have larger wrists.  I also know there are many more like me who would like a larger bracelet so I decide to trudge onward and make one for "us".  Why can't we have lovely and large jewelry without forgoing a tight bracelet or finding something to extend the length?  Decided; let's make it!

I plan out my workspace.  Carefully selecting and counting.  I lay it out and start to crochet together my silver wire. Where is my brain?!  I left off beads!  Not a problem.  I'll work the strand into the design for bulk, it will add width which it needs. Starting again. My beaded strand is too short for my wrist..I think. So I cut, tear it up and start over.  I make a few more of my pieces in the right length. Or this is the length I "think" is correct.  I totally forget that I need to include the clasp size in my number and by the time I do this my bracelet is so large I can put it over my mannish female hands. Not good.

To top it off the larger beads are too heavy and fall down on the wrist.  Now on display is my fine finishing technique.  Pretty, but not what was intended.

Design sometimes is about trial and lots of error.  Tonight I plan on tearing it up and starting it again.  This WILL be a bracelet someone will love.  I can FEEL it! :-)


P.S. Wanna tell me YOUR trial and errors?  I'd love to hear it...come on.. make me feel better.  lol



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My name is Kristen. I’m an Interior Designer & knitwear designer as well as a YouTube Tutorial filmmaker & Video Host for crafts, knitting and more. My Loom Knitting tutorials are great for Knitters (or any crafter) who wanna try their hand and want to know how to convert their stitches over to the loom. Many do it to ease their hands/carpel tunnel or work faster. It’s definitely a growing trend for traditional knitters to take up or people who love crafting with yarn! My site is GoodKnitKisses or YOUTUBE. I also write and sell my own loom patterns on my ETSY shop and on Vivaloom.com  I look forward to meeting new people and sharing the love of fiber arts :-) -Kristen