Loom Knitting for Christmas

Blogged under Loom Knitting by Tammy on Thursday 22 September 2011 at 11:18 am

The past few years my extended family and I have drawn names for Christmas. The idea was that we would all save money, especially a few members of my family who (bless their hearts) can be a little overly generous. I still think it is a good idea to save money for everyone, but I have to admit it is not that fun to buy just one gift for one person. Giving is what the holiday is all about!

This year, however, we are trying something a little different. Instead of drawing names, we are putting a $5-15 limit per gift with the option of people going in on gifts together. For example, two people can go in on one gift and spend as much as $30 for that one gift to give to one person. The idea is that everyone will get a little something from everyone else with emphasis on it’s the thought that counts.

On my end, I’m being thrifty and a little ambitious at the same time. I plan on making gifts for everyone, starting with loom knit hats for the guys. Pictured is one I have made already using Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in a color called Denim Twist. I am on my third hat and have a total of six that I hope to make. I love how these turned out, and because the yarn is bulky-weight, they are very fast to make. I can get one finished in a day if it is a weekend, and I have time to work on it off and on.

For the gals on my list (most of whom have already gotten hats, scarves, and/or fingerless gloves from me in the past), I am not 100% sure what I plan to make. I am leaning towards market bags, but I am not sure if I will have the time to do them. Granted, I have started really, really early, but when I look at the calendar and also see how much I have going on this semester, it is hard to see if I can do it all. I’m very busy with the school craft club, and I am making a lot of stuff with it in mind since we have a show in mid-November and have two charity groups we hope to give items to. My gift-making may end up having to wait until school is over and I have a week or so before Christmas, eek!

4 Comments »

  1. Comment by Marci — September 22, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    You inspired me to go out and get a few looms! If you had to choose the best book to learn from, which one would you recommend? Thanks very much!

  2. Comment by Tammy — September 22, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    The only book I’ve used is the small one that comes with the looms, but it’s not that great. I watched some YouTube videos (like this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzWz6Qxg9oc) and eventually bought a DVD. See http://tammypowley.com/?p=5375

    They are a lot of fun, great for making hats.

  3. Comment by Eileen — September 25, 2011 @ 5:34 am

    Tammy, how about scarves for the ladies? We have a couple really cute patterns on The Artful Crafter. One is crocheted and the other is macramé. Do you remember macramé from the 70s?

  4. Comment by Tammy — September 25, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

    I was the queen of macrame, Eileen! :D

    I like making scarves! I think there is only 1 of 4 gals that I’ve done that for already, but of course, it is nice to have extras too. Thanks for the info about your site. It seems to have everything!

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