Knifty Knitter Goes Kapoot!

Blogged under Loom Knitting by Tammy on Wednesday 27 July 2011 at 4:45 pm

Of course, just when I find a good thing, it’s gone! Or at least, it will be soon. According to the Invisible Loom Craft blog, Knifty Knitters are no longer being made. She does mention a few other affordable sounding options, but some of them were you have removable pegs don’t sound that great to me. Removable could also be the same as pegs falling out.

Since getting my first round set of looms, I have done some searching to see what else is out there, and many looms I find are pretty pricey. Today, I went to my local Michael’s, which still has a fair number of them in stock, and purchased a set of 4 round looms for about $10, after my 40% off coupon. Considering that’s a little more than $2 each, that’s not too bad. These are for the craft club, and now I’m wondering if I should get a second set for it. I do have mine to share, but since having them, I just about always seem to have a project going on at least one of the looms. Share? Maybe not 😉

I’m sure the nicer looms are nicer, but when you are first learn a new craft, it doesn’t make sense (to me at least) to start with top of the line tools. For example, most people who start knitting or crocheting start with metal needles and hooks. An aluminum hook goes for less than $1 at Walmart versus a fancy rosewood hook that can go for about $12 each.

It will be interesting to see if other brands come in and take the place of Knifty Knitter, but I’m just glad I managed to discover these before it was too late!

7 Comments »

  1. Comment by Margot — July 27, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! I love my Knifty Knitter more than sliced bread!

    What are they thinking?!

    Cheers,
    Madge

  2. Comment by Tammy — July 27, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

    According to the weblog post I read, even the knock off Walmart brand is going too!

  3. Comment by Eileen — July 29, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    I wonder if the company will rethink after all remaining Knifty Knitter looms go flying off the shelves 😉

  4. Comment by jd wolfe — August 1, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

    hobby lobby had some similar looms that were well priced in their stores. haven’t looked lately. their website might have them. also, ebay will be a continuing source of the provo crafts (knifty knitters) looms as they are quite hardy.

    jd in st louis

  5. Comment by Karen W — August 2, 2011 @ 9:16 am

    I can’t believe they’re going to quit making these! They’re perfect for the beginner, or those who are crochet or knit challenged but still want to make something with yarn!!! I’m actually getting ready to have my first crafting community outreach meeting with some ladies in my church – I’m going to teach them how to loom knit hats. I’ve bought some extra sets, but I guess I need to get on the ball and make sure we have enough. What a bummer!

  6. Comment by Dianne — August 2, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

    Lion Brand has a very nice wooden loom that can create pieces up to 30″ wide. I recently bought it – on sale at 20% off right now – and it’s great to learn on. I like that you can make various sized pieces, and also it teaches you to change colors, make intricate designs, and gives a few patterns too. I would think that if you like the round type looms, you’d like this one too. It would be a heirloom quality piece to hand down, and even little children could learn on it. It’s pricier than $2 each, but well worth it.

  7. Comment by DianeP — August 3, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    What a shame that the Knifty Knitter looms are going away. They were really helpful to the Senior Knitting Circle ladies who couldn’t hold their knitting needles anymore. The looms made it possible for them to make little hats and scarves for their grandchildren. Glad they bought the looms a few years ago – have to tell them the sad news in case they want to get some for their grandchildren to use.

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