One of the hobbies I have dabbled in over the years is crocheting – primarily creating afghans and scarves - nothing overly complex. I believe I learned (taught by my mum) and began crocheting during the particularly difficult winter of 1992, and have played around with the craft on and off in the decades since. The only other crafty type thing I do on occasion is cross stitch, but haven’t worked actively on anything in quite some time although I have an entire plastic tub full of projects just yearning to be stitched.
Recently I observed a coworker wrapping yarn around a bright green pegged plastic circle thing on her lunch hour. Inquiries yielded that the colorful plastic thingy was a Knifty Knitter brand circle loom, and she was creating a hat for her niece. The very next day she presented me with a new hat of my very own. Impressed at the apparent ease of creating knitted anythings, I did some research and discovered that many items could be created on the circle or long (more rectangular shaped) pegged looms.
Now, I don’t know the official definitions or differences between knitting and crocheting, other than you crochet with one longish hook and you knit with two long needles, and that neither me or mum knows how to knit. And also that knitting unravels if you pull a thread on a finished product, while a crocheted piece won’t unravel so easily.
Needless to say, I picked up a set of the looms from my trusty Amazon.com and am completely hooked on knifty knitting. In the past few months I’ve knitted over a dozen hats and scarves of various shapes, sizes, colors and complexity, as well as a gorgeously soft and warm shawl and two long panels which will eventually be joined to form an afghan. I recently finished the project featured in the photos here – a German flag themed hat for my dear son that took just a couple of hours one evening - and am currently working on a lovely blanket for my new soon-to-be-born nephew.
Hello, my name is Kim and I’m a yarn addict…
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