Christmas Hints

December 13, 2007

It may not be very crafty, but I thought I’d share some info and links to help you through this holiday season.

This is the second year in a row our Christmas tree fell over. That’s no fun with the mess it makes, but it does give the kids a second chance at decorating the tree, lol. So, I looked online to see what others are doing to keep their trees secure. Unfortunately, the only thing I found was a site explaining how to secure it to the wall using twine.

I say “unfortunately” because I am in a nice, new home and didn’t want to put holes in the walls already, but it looks like that’s the only option. So, for those who’d like a little information on securing the tree to the wall, click that link.

And, for those who are looking to keep their kids safe this year around the tree, check out these useful tips.

And finally, if you are looking for ways to keep your Christmas tree fresh and keep the needles from falling off, you may want to check out Christmas Tree Care from something called the National Christmas Tree Association.

Anyhow, I hope this can be helpful for you during this holiday season, and if you have a better idea for securing the tree, I’d be happy to hear it.


Scarf Struggle

December 1, 2007

Yes, I’m still having difficulties figuring out how to make a scarf using a round loom. If you can help, please read the article below on my scarf troubles and let me know how to fix my problem if you have the know-how. I’d appreciate the assistance.

Scarf Troubles

November 26, 2007

If there are any experts out there on knitting a scarf using Knifty Knitter round looms, I’d greatly appreciate your assistance. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong and perhaps by sharing your knowledge here, you can help others as well.

I’ve been trying to knit a scarf using one ball of yarn and a round loom. I’ve looked online for instructions for beginners in Knifty knitting and just can’t find any that explain it the way I need it explained to me. All the instructions I find expect you to know the knitting terminology, and I’m just not that advanced yet.

I started my loom with the figure 8 knot, then weaved the yarn over 10 pegs, but from that point, I’m not sure what to do with my yarn. I tried knitting backwards using some sort of reverse knit stitch, lol, but that didn’t turn out so well. My stitches were really loose, so I took it apart and tried something else. I attempted the twist knitting stitch, but I’ve never gotten that one correct, and it certainly didn’t work this time, either.

I’m at a loss. I hope someone comes through with some good advice for a newbie at knitting.

More Crafty Than Anything

November 23, 2007

I don’t know if you have come across this, but I know of a lot of cooks who enjoy their own cooking. Well, I’m not one of those people. I’ll eat my cooking, but I’d rather have someone else cook than have to eat what I make. I don’t know why that is because I’m sanitary and know where the food’s been and all that, so I should trust my cooking over anyone elses; but for some reason, I’d still rather eat someone else’s work.

Well, it’s not that way for me when it comes to artistry. I’m quite opposite. When I make crafts, I usually want to keep my own work so that I can view it or use it myself. I know there are probably a lot of people out there who prefer making things for others, but when it comes to crafts, I enjoy my own handy work.

I have kept almost everything I’ve made, and when I do give some of my stuff away, I lament over my loss a bit. It’s funny because I’m so happy to give my work to others, share my gift, but at the same time, I miss the things I give away.

Anyone else deal with that or am I the only distressed soul out there? Lol.

Beginners of Knifty Knitting

November 20, 2007

Below is some info for knitting nitwits like me who either want to explore Knifty Knitting on a round loom or for those who know absolutely nothing about knitting, but want to learn.

I had a friend introduce me to the Knifty Knitter looms and accessories and decided to give it a try for myself. This is how my first attempt went….

Knifty Knitter Kit

I purchased the set of 4 round looms, which came with a plastic needle and a hook tool (bought at Michaels if you’re wondering). I wasn’t exactly sure what to do with it all since my friend didn’t say much about how it all works, and the instructions in the loom bag didn’t mention what to do with any of it either.

So, being the web-surfer that I am, I went searching for some instructions on how to use the thing. I’ll share my findings and links to other websites with you.

I came across this website, Decor Accents, Inc., which has a lot of advice and help for your “looming” questions (pun intended). If you follow the link supplied here and scroll down to the Loom Knitting Basics, the link for it has some detailed instruction on how to get your first loom work started.

Being a newbie at knitting, I didn’t understand a thing I was doing at the store when I purchased my yarn (I believe it’s called yarn, lol). I bought some stuff on sale and took it home to try to make a hat and maybe a scarf. I still haven’t found a site that properly explains how to knit a scarf on a round loom yet, but that’ll be for another post if I find it.

*If you’re considering a purchase of the Knifty Knitter kit, be sure to get some yarn that says on the package that it recommends size 11 to 17 knitting needles (8 to 12mm). I didn’t know this beforehand and bought yarn that recommended 4 1/2 to 5 mm knitting needle yarn. Smaller yarn, or thinner, seems to make too many gaps when you’re knitting on these looms since the looms have wide spaces between each of the pegs (perhaps if I get more experienced, I’ll figure out how to fix this problem, but for now, I’d rather work with more bulky yarn).

And, when it comes to what type of stitches to work with, that link above, Decor Accents, Inc., does a great job at showing and explaining exactly how to knit on the looms. Personally, I’m finding the Knit Stitch to be the most enjoyable to start with, but I didn’t really explore the other options much.

Well, that’s it for now on my first post. I hope your first attempts at knitting on the loom will be aided by the info supplied here, and if not, please comment on what you’d like to know and I’ll do my best at getting the answers for you.

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