Sunday, April 09, 2006

New looms and new ideas

Here I was typing away and the doorbell rang. Since that usually means a package has arrived (there's not much going on around this area on a weekday), I ran downstairs and discovered a marvelous thing at my door: A package from Decor Accents! WHEE!! Inside were some new toys -- an 80" small-gauge infinity rake, a 9" extra-fine-gauge sock loom, a 5" extra-fine-gauge sock loom, a leprosy bandage loom, and a copy of Denise Layman's new book Learn to Knit on Circle Looms. Jackpot!

Unfortunately, I haven't had time to try anything on these new toys yet, but I have plenty of plans for them!

I did find time to experiment a bit with a design I've got running around in my head. Here's a sneak peak. I'm hoping to turn it into something tangible soon!

I'm working from a charted design and hoping it all comes out loooking good. This is the front of the piece. Can you see what it's starting to look like? I'm using one strand of cotton Sugar & Cream on a fine-gauge Adjust-a-Loom from Decor Accents.

Here's the back view. To keep the yarn carryovers from being too "leggy" in the back, I cross the two yarns every few stitches to anchor the one not being used. An alternative method would be to just leave the long strands there and then tack them down with a needle and some thread afterwards, but that seems like more work to me. With luck this will work out nicely and I'll turn it into something useful. Stay tuned!


isela said...

Is it a musical Cleft? It is looking really nice :).

SockMonkey said...

Let me know how the 9 inch extra fine sock loom is. I don't know whether to order a 9 inch or 8 inch one to start. I love knitting with needles, but knitting on the looms is very soothing also, and gives my hands a rest by using different muscles.

Love your patterns!