I found a great small loom at a thrift shop–the Wonder Weave! It came with instructions, two books of patterns (copyright 1964), a needle, and a finished square someone attempted, maybe 40 years ago. The Wonder Weave makes 4″ squares or 2″x4″ oblongs. I’ve had it two days, and I’m only three squares shy of making that hat I wrote about last time.
I was so happy with my $6 find that my husband helped me make a video tutorial:
I haven’t been blogging–or knitting–very much lately, but just recently I’ve become interested in small, handheld looms, like the Weave-Its on the Eloomanation site. With them, you weave small squares, and if my eyes aren’t dececiving me, you can actually make a vast array of woven creations with them. (I’m hankering to make a hat, like the one in this PDF pattern book from 1936.)
Because it’s fairly hard to get a 4″x4″ loom (they were popular in the 1930s and ’40s) unless you’re willing to bid on ebay, I decided to start off cheaply by buying a potholder loom from Wal-mart. You remember these guys. We all probably tried to make potholders with those nylon loops when we were children. But, instead of using the loops that came with my $5 plastic loom, I followed the tutorial by Noreen Crone-Findlay that is posted on Youtube (part 1 and part 2).
Making one square takes about 15 minutes. I chose some Moda Dea yarn, wove about ten squares, and then sewed them together. I highly suggest reading up on sewing techniques because I didn’t, and my seams are a little clunky. Oh well, live and learn.
The result is a pretty nifty scarf, if I do say so myself.