Why “Knifting” is not really “Knitting”


Just my two cents, but the reason why I started with the KK looms is that I didn't really want to crochet and I didn't really want to knit, yet I wanted to work with yarn. I studied those butterfly-type looms and they didn't appeal to me, and then I noticed the Knifty Knitters. Even though they're plastic and bulky, I could immediately see the possibilities of using them. I've read other blogs where folks get a little bit rude when it comes to knitting looms saying it's not TRUE knitting and it's cheating. (Don't believe people care enough to write such things? Just read the comments on this blog or some of these Google results.)

From what I've garnered from my surfing, knitting looms have been around for several hundred years. I like working with the looms. I like the circles, the heft of the loom, and the pegs. I like the hook. And my yarn-loving cat likes that I like all this stuff. I dream about buying different types of looms someday (especially some of the ones here).

There are large gauge looms (like the KKs) that give you the bigger stitches, and then regular, and then fine. As with most things in life, you can be as simple or as complex as you desire.

With a loom you can knit pretty much anything as long as you have the right tools and creativity (or a real good pattern). This morning, I asked B if he wanted me to knit him anything, and he looked at our broken washing machine and asked for a new one. Well, there are limits, you know!

4 Replies to “Why “Knifting” is not really “Knitting””

  1. A lot of knitting snobs covet and/or own knitting machines, which is just a more complex form of automatic knitting. The truth is that there are many different types of knitters–some like the act of knitting, some just want the nice sweater or pair of socks, some will use Boye needles and acrylic yarn and others won’t touch anything but silk or cashmere and namaste glass needles. I have dealt with this type of snobbery in other communities and have come to learn to accept myself, my tastes, and my process. I think you’re on the right track. If you like to knift, knift away.

  2. There are many different types of knitting.  I don’t understand the ‘looming knitting is cheating’ idea, but I suppose there will always be people who feel the need to be better than others, whether it’s with knitting or something else.  I just love making stuff.  I don’t even need a person to make it for, I just make it.

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