Last weekend, I was visiting a friend in Orangeville and her suggestion for a weekend activity was for us to each build a triangular loom or a tri-loom.
I’d been wanting to make one since April, where I saw a shawl at an alpaca show made on a tri-loom. It was gorgeous and the folks at the booth said it had been quite easy to make once the loom was set up.
Intriguing. Very intriguing…but somehow I didn’t manage to get a picture of the shawl in question. Not sure how that happened as I typically take pictures of EVERYTHING. 😉
Anyway….so when my friend suggested making looms, I was completely on board and oh, so excited!
NOTE: We aren’t carpenters, so our process isn’t exact by any means 😉 We wanted to have fun and make looms so we measured some things and other times just went with our gut.
For those of you who, like us, would love to have a pretty-much triangular-shaped frame with a bunch of nails in it to try a bit of inexact weaving, this is for you!
For those of you who are Capricorns and detail-oriented like me, you’ll still have fun…but your head my explode a lil bit. 😉
So, in knitting my first pair of socks, I learned quite a bit; both because I was attempting something new and because I made a ton of mistakes.
Sock knitting wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. This is big part thanks to Wickwum Mom’s tutorial. (If you’re feeling intimidated by the idea of making a sock…I highly recommend you check out her website AND her facebook group. It was really easy to follow and the online group is incredibly encouraging and helpful.)
I have already mentioned my first pair of socks on this blog in my Afterthought Lifeline post but I wanted to add another quick write-up to a) show off my socks 😉 and b) share the two major errors I made so as to help you avoid making the same mistakes.
And so, here we go!
a) Show off socks!
Yup, pretty darn proud of these socks! Mistakes and all!
I recently reblogged a really helpful post on lifelines, but I have decided to share my experience because a lifeline absolutely saved my knitting last night! (NOTE: This post is about lifelines and stockinette stitches.)
I have read about them before and they always sound like a great idea…for someone else. 😉 Often I’m excited about my project and I just want to get going.
*knit! knit! knit! purl! purl!* (Okay, not sure what pattern THIS is but bear with me…it’s an example) So, I’m happily knitting, purling and a lifeline wants me to pause the happy energy to start with a needle and thread?
As I say, it doesn’t often happen.
BUT last night I discovered that one can add a lifeline after the fact!
No need to pause the *knit! knit! knit!* until you get to “oh crap! grrrr”. Then, when you’re paused anyway (and panicking because you need to frog back) you can take a deep breath, pour yourself a cup of tea (or a glass of wine!), calm yourself and add a lifeline where you need it to be.
At least with stockinette stitches you can….other stitches=different process.
So back to my experience….Yesterday I was knitting sock #2 of a pair. My very first pair of socks ever!