Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Christmas Stocking

My Christmas Stocking

This stocking is made with a
Red round knifty knitter loom.
It measures approximately 6.5" wide x 21" long (toe to top). Making this fun & festive stocking goes fairly fast. It's nice and sturdy to hold all those traditional goodies. They make great gifts when filled with fanciful surprises.

** If BUY NOW button doesn't work, you can purchase pattern from this link: BUY NOW

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Baby Bunting Loom Pattern

This baby bunting is a great gift for that newborn in your life! It's baby soft and warm as a mothers womb so baby will feel comforted when in it. The pattern is an e-pattern that you down load right to your own computer without having to wait for the USPS to arrive.

The pattern is written for use of Decor Accents Adult Hat Loom. Small Gauge - 72 pegs!

Photos and detailed instructions will help guide you through this pattern. No abbreviations are used. It's all written out.

If you can read and comprehend, you can follow this pattern.

I am always available to answer questions.

Baby patterns are far and few between when it comes to the knitting looms so hopefully this will be the start of a whole new line of garments! ** Only $2.00 !!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Knitting Looms & Vendors:

People don't believe it but anyone with 2 hands can knit without needles. That's right!! Using a knitting loom, also known as round looms, knitting boards and knitting rakes, oh... and the knitting spools!

All are just a little different in nature. A round loom, a rake and a board all can be used to knit a flat piece with a right side & a wrong side of garment. A round loom and some rectangular looms can be used to knit in the round for items such as ski hats and socks. A board is used to make double knit garments which have 2 "right" sides.

Most knitter's find that loom knitting is so much better on their carpal tunnel or arthritic hands than needle knitting. Loom Knitting began a thousand yrs ago but has suddenly came back in full demand which prompted me to compile this extensive list of KNITTING LOOM VENDORS for you to utilize.

· Please note that most of the new looms are home-made and hand made by creative entrepreneurs and are quite good at it while others have not totally fine tuned their process. * Knifty Knitter looms are the only mass manufactured looms that I am aware of however that does not mean they don’t exist.

· This list is compiled as a resource, not as promoting their business nor vouching for their quality, prices, or customer service as I have just not used them all. I can perhaps help you save a little time and money.

** Do not purchase a bunch of looms from one vendor as you may not like how they feel in your hand. Some are wooden, some plastic, some rubber. There are differing pegs also: nylon (my favorite), plastic, wooden, cotter pin, and everyday nails! Yep…nails!

What I and most people find most helpful over the type of pegs is whether or not they are grooved pegs. I will not ever purchase a loom that doesn’t have grooves for your looming tool. (Cotter pins are naturally grooved). Once I did and regretted it. Being most are hand made to order, refunds are not accepted. So make sure you ask ahead of time: Do your pegs have grooves?!

Purchase looms from various vendors to find your favorite. I must have 20+ looms, all from various vendors and like most of them but a few are useless.

Anyways…on to the vendor list! It is posted in the right side bar down towards the bottom. It's quite extensive. I hope you find this information useful.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Baby Bonnet with PomPom Tassels

This pattern was created carefully with details simplified using photos and abbreviation chart. It is an easy & fun pattern to do. The hat is sized for an average sized newborn baby. It's made using a
Red round Knifty Knitter loom and Bernat Baby Coordinates sport wgt yarn. It has quite a unique brim on it, Unlike any others I have seen.
It's baby soft and winter weight to keep that little head warm.
This Newborn Bonnet is a fairly fast project so you can make several of them in various colors to match each of the Babe's outfits!

* The booties are not included in this pattern but you can find them in several others blogs: Tiny Booties by Graciela Worth

Pattern: Only $3.00

You will be able to download the pattern once payment is complete.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Autumn Harvest Ribbed Pumpkin Pattern for Loom Knit

A delightful Autumn Harvest Pumpkin pattern designed specifically with the newer loomer in mind. Benefit from photos, a pattern graph chart & very simplified instructions. A pattern that uses a Green Knifty Knitter (36 pegs 13/16” gauge)round Loom and bulky yarn. A fun project that goes pretty fast.
These pumkins look wonderful among your Autumn Harvest centerpiece, on a mantle, in the office, as a festive toy for young ones, on your porch at Halloween time.... or next to your turkey at Thanksgiving time.
Give as gifts to senior citizens, hospital patients, friends & relatives. Knit your own pumpkin patch this year!

Just $0.99 !!!
Pay via www.paypal.com
Send pymt to: sales@alpacaapparel.biz
Type in name of pattern you are purchasing.
Be sure your email address is accurate as I will email the pattern to you after receiving paypal notification of payment.

** Paying via paypal is free for you. They charge me the seller a fee. !!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Autumn double knit Scarf ~ Long KK Loom

As Autumn rapidly approaches us unfortunate soles in North Eastern USA.... I couldn't help but to start thinking about bundling up!
I made this scarf today using my new long knifty knitter looms (the yellow one). The yarn is so dreamy soft. The softest yarn I've ever felt! Pattern will be available soon!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Loomed Mitten Pattern for beginners

A very detailed mitten pattern designed specifically for the beginner. Many photos with very simplified instructions. A pattern that uses either a mitten loom set that comes with the thumb loom, or you can use the blue round Knifty Knitter Loom with a spool knitter for the (thumb) and bulky yarn. I made mine with the In The Attic mitten loom set. Fun project that goes pretty fast. A must have pattern that is sure to be understood, unlike a lot of the other mitten patterns out there for the looms. Frustrated for the 2 mitten patterns I paid for on-line... unclear, written for very experienced loomers I guess.... I decided to write my own pattern with the newbie loomer in mind.
Now Selling at $3.25

Monday, August 14, 2006

Saturday's Expense

Picture #1.... This is Mark among all his choices... Which one will it be?!
Picture #2.... And the winner is... Kubota L3130. Of course he can't have a plain ol tractor... He oredered the custom heated cab to be put on... and a bunch of implements to use with it such as the Snowblower, bucket loader, back hoe, forks & finish mower!!
Picture #3.... That's where it all happened in a matter of minutes! Mark layed down $34,000 . The lump in my throat sunk to the pit of my stomach...nausea followed. Here I feel guilty for buying yarns & looms. Hmmm.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Yarn fetish?

I think I have a yarn fetish or am a compulsive buyer... what ever I am... I just LOVE the different yarn textures... their variety of qualities...levels of softness to down right tickely! Bright yarns... earthy tones, festive colors... natural plant yarns, animal fleece yarns... synthetic yarns... home spun yarns... textile milled yarns... stretchy strands ...and delicate ribbon yarns...
Oh I love the phenominal choices! How can I pick just one?!
Hey... when my creativity flares up... which is not often enough... It is crucial to my creation that I have the proper yarn for the job right at hand! Who knows how long the urge will linger... before I lose my creative moments to the mad rat race out there in the world!! I am living for the moment!! Yeah baby!

Makin' Mittens Pam's Way :o)

Well... It took two pairs of mittens before I could fine tune the patterns to my liking. I have written out how I made my mittens (in very simplified instructions for the very new loomers).
I took many photos along the way to help all you visual learners.
If you'd like to buy the pattern: It's now only $3.25 and you get it instantly to print out!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Surino Mitten #1

Improving on my mitten makin'... I used same pattern I used for first mittens however this time I am using Suri Alpaca blended with Fine Merino ...I call it "Surino" :o)
It seems to knit up smaller & tighter than the brushed alpaca I used for first set. I was going to felt this next pair however I don't know that I dare as they fit perfectly... well at least this first mitten done in Surino. I did a little better attaching the thumb this time as I altered my pattern a bit. Actually, I did a different stitch for the cuff this time which made it look like it is folded over however it isn't. At this rate...I may be able to make mittens for everyone!!

My Mittens

Woohoo! I finished my mittens using my "In The Attic" Mitten loom set. They are fairly fast to knit however I am not tickled about the thumbs being attached the way they are. It's difficult aligning them up so loose strands or holes don't show through. I love the feel of my mittens though!! I made them of 100% Brushed alpaca and man ohh howdy are they ever soft! If you notice, I made them extra high on the wrist area as it drives me nuts when snow gets up under short mittens or gloves. These are perfect!! I love them.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

My Puppy

Here is a puppy I made today. I am not completely satisfied with the end results however I posted photos before I take him a step further by trying to FELT him. Which means I may ruin him :o( as the only time I am able to felt anything is when I don't mean to...such as washing a $200 fine alpaca sweater! Eeek!

In The Attic Mitten Looms are here!!

Hi! My name is Pam. I am a loomaholic. What makes it even worse is the fact I am a yarnaholic as well. I am here to confess my uncontrollable obsession to try various looms just to see how my end products turn out, to feel the difference of the variety of looms in the palms of my hands. To explore the capability of each and every yarn.... as to what my end product will be.
I do not want help for my obsessions or yarn addictions.... When I hit the bottom ... the bottom of my yarn barrel... I shall then seek help. :o)
Ok ok.... I'm a tad crazy. I know, I know. The purpose to my post is that today I received my "In The Attic: Mitten & Thumb loom set. I ordered it 3 days ago & it is here already. The rubbery flexible feel to it is wonderful. I did a sample square with it and am thinking it's a loom I favor.
It was also VERY economically priced at $7.99 for the mitten loom, the thumb loom AND a loom tool. Get a set for yourself as winter is rapidly approaching!! www.Knittinglooms.com

Words About Loom Poll Results ~*~

I'd like to bring up one thing about the loom poll results:
* Loomers obviously are not going to vote for a loom they have not tried. So out of all fairness, I'd like to mention one thing.... (or 2) ... that quite a few of the listed looms have never been heard of before by most loomers. We tend to purchase the most advertised looms & it makes them seem most popular. From a marketing stand-point, the more your product is mentioned on the web, the quality of your web site, the amount of vendors who sell your product, and of course the quality & ease of use of your product..... all make a difference. ** I could have the best hand-made, hand carved, fancy loom that is so wonderful to use and at a low price ... but not get the word out.... my website difficult to surf and not listed with many or any search engines.... VERY few will ever find me & my looms. So if only a few votes are entered for my loom... that does not mean they are not as I described... high quality & easy to use at affordable low prices... it just means that I am a poor marketer & have not invested enough for quality website design & hosting.
See what I mean? So keep this in mind when you see looms with a lower rating. Chances are they have not been used or even discovered by most loomers!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

LOOM POLL ~ Please Vote on your favorite looms!

What is your very favorite loom, rake or board to use?
wooden pegs
nylon pegs
cotter pin pegs
Hard plastic (as in KK)
CinDWood LOOMS= http://www.cindwoodcrafts.com
In the Attic LOOMS = www.knittinglooms.com
Markman LOOMS = http://lynnmarkmangiftsncards.bizland.com/
Decorator Accents Looms = http://www.decoraccentsinc.com/
Knifty Knitter Looms = www.provocraft.com
Joy Looms = http://www.babesfibergarden.com/BFG92001/joy.htm
Knitting Loom Company http://www.knittinglooms.bigstep.com/homepage.html
Knitting Board = http://www.knittingboard.com/store/default.asp
Dream Looms = http://www.dreamlooms.com/index.html
Loomtastic Looms http://www.bldesign.com/loomtastic//adult.html
Embellish Knitter- spool like loom
Wonder Knitter- spool like loom
Zoom Loom
Afinity Looms
Prayer Shawl Loom
Adjustable looms
Free polls from Pollhost.com

Monday, July 17, 2006

Booties & Bonnets!

Last night I was playing with my looms and made a few items. The cream colored booties are for my feet. I may still add some embellishments or something. As you can see, you can wear them high or roll down sides for a lower style. The tiny little hats are ones I made for fetal demise babies that never got a chance, either died in utero or premature birth- way too early. For the babes that are fully developed but are VERY tiny... the parents are allowed to hold their deceased babe in an effort to start their grieving process and pay their respects. The staff puts little hats on the babes, which the parents get to keep as a keepsake. Therefore, I made a few. The one on left is a pink/white varigated color. The one on right is a pale lavender. Fortunately we have very few fetal demises here in our hospital.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

My Finished Test-Project: JIREE CARDIGAN

I did it!! I really did it!
Denise Layman asked Crystal Kini & myself to test a new pattern she wrote. Mind you I have never knit anything larger or more complicated than a scarf. This was a exciting challenge for me being a loomer since only February 2006! With Denise's patience & guidance... I made it through and with great pride I might add! :o) I learned quite a bit from this loom knitting experience: as the old saying goes...IF there is a will...there's a way! Persistence and determination saw me through! Not to mention the guidance from both Denise & Crystal. * This JIREE Cardigan pattern is an excellent project for loomers from almost all levels of looming experience. If I can do it... most anyone can! And I am sure Denise will always be there to answer your questions if you get hung up!
She just posted the pattern on her website: www.KnitChat.com
The pattern was written for 3 different sizes, which each of us loom tested. I as you can see did the adult size. Crystal did the child sized. Denise did an infant size (I think).
You'll be able to see Crystals finished project and adorable model at: Crystal's Blog

Friday, July 14, 2006

Provo Craft ... I Love You!

Hot Diggity Dog!
More looms to play with!! Provo Craft I love you!! :o)
I can't wait to try some patterns on these new Knifty Knitter looms. I'm finishing up my cardigan project which means I can start doing some experimental stitches on each of the looms. Oh...I can't wait!

Flowers on my new KK Flower loom will be nice creative quickies :o)
Fast projects to keep my hands busy when watching TV.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Progress on my Cardigan Project

Last night I got over my "2nd sleeve syndrome" in an effort to get this project done. This is what I have so far - besides the 2nd sleeve which is on my loom. I think after this, I'll stick to small projects as this large one seems to be a challenge to stay focused & determined. In other words.... I have attention deficit disorder.... as well as too many pans in the fire so to speak. Once I set it down to go to work, or do our farm accounting... or writing contracts... or any of the other responsibilities on my list...I find it difficult to pick up my loom. Yet once I have my loom in hand & aggressively knitting away.... I find it extremely difficult to set it down, finding myself knitting in to the early morning hours.
As I type this, I am looking at my first sleeve and am hoping it is long enough. It kind of looks too short but I followed the pattern so we'll see.
I am quite anxious to get this project done as I am missing out on the last 2 class projects over at our LOOM KNITTING CLASSROOM. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/loomclass
Graciela Worth (one of our many wonderful volunteer teachers) has presented two projects for us to learn & I am missing out. Oh, I can do them next time around.
Speaking of our classes, it is so interesting to see all of the students finished class projects. The creativity is phenominal.

Birdy Doing Fine!

Well it has been several days since I rejoined the baby barn swallow with it's 3 siblings in their mud nest. All seem to be doing great & both parents continue to frequent the nest with their meals. See what a little TLC can do?! :o)

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Birdy Update

After some persistent research today, I found that not only are the barn swallows a federally protected bird & it is illegal to have them or even move their nests without a permit.... I also read that nestlings (newborns) that have fallen from nest can be rejoined without their parents neglecting them. According to research, turkey buzzards are the only bird that can smell. I can't say that I believe that as I recall Robin's rejecting their eggs if touched by a human. At least that is what my parents always told us. The baby bird was all warmed up, fed several drops of our Hippy Chicks special Avian parenteral food via eye dropper... and eventually started making little chirps so I felt as though he was going to make it if put back in his nest with his 3 siblings.
So we'll monitor the situation.

God's Tiny Creatures...

This morning, quite early I might add... around 5:30am I was making my farm rounds when I found the baby barn swallow that had tumbled from it's nest yesterday. Mark saw it yesterday but opted not to help it as putting it back in the nest would prevent parents from tending the other babes due to human scent. Mark didn't know if a parent might try picking up the baby & carrying it back up to it's nest that was carefully constructed of mud, sticks, grass & feathers above our barn door.

Needless to say, the baby swallow laid gasping with wings stretched out, on the wet ground.... very cold. He looks very weak. His beak keeps opening silently as if gasping for air. Head too heavy to lift. Unable to watch him suffer, I brought him in to warm him up... and give him the best TLC I possibly can in an effort to give this helpless bird a chance at life. Mark of course feels as if it is a parent reject that got pushed from the nest perhaps due to illness or weakness. That it is going to die no matter how well I nurse it. (And I am usually the realist).

Barn swallows are not the most harmonious birds when it comes to song http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/audio/Barn_Swallow.html and some think of them as a menace because of their mud nests...but in all actuality... they are very useful for the fact they feed solely on flying insects which keeps the mosquito population down.... which means keeping the West Nile Virus at a minimum.

Click on the above link to hear their sounds.

Now.... I have to figure out how to catch him some flying insects! Do they even eat insects at this newborn age? I am guessing he is 2-4 days old.

Here is an interesting fact. As a nurse I have this odd habit of checking vital signs. This little teeny tiny bird has a heart beat of 138 beats per minute. I am still trying to figure out how to check his blood pressure though. :o)

Friday, June 23, 2006

My World as we know it!

The Jiree Cardigan project is well under way. The back is done & one front panel is nearly finished. Just about 6 more rows. In between my loom knitting, I have been suffering with a very sore throat & inflammed lymph nodes....as well as feeling run down...ill like.
~*~ ~*~ ~*~
Yesterday I noticed one of of our White Crested Black Polish Bantams limping. After examining her, I found myself treating a very inflammed foot pad with a large sore smack dab in center of pad. All infected. So being a human nurse & animal lover, my natural instincts were to start treating her wound. I pulled the plug of dirt from the pad that filled the infected foot...soaked her foot in a small bowl of peroxide followed by a betadine dip. Dabbed her dry. Spread bacitracin ointment into the hole, and wrapped her foot up nice & neat with a mini sterile gauze, covering it with tape to keep it in place. I also gave her a shot of Penicillin.
Today she just about had her dressing off. I repeated the above treatment plan. The inflammation has gone down drastically since yesterday.

We love our Polish hens. They are so docile & easily handled. However they have cost me a small fortune. Back about 6 months ago we had one ( her name is Hippy Chick because of her hair do) ... anyways, Hippy started having frequent seizures lasting up to 1 hour. She has always had them but maybe once every 6 months or so. Her seizures started being every other day or so. To make a LONG story short, her vet visit, tests, medicines & special feed run me approximately $375 only to find out she has hypoglycemia (Diabetes). Her blood glucose level was extremely low. So now we have to feed her a special feed that is like a thick can of Ensure - used for parenteral stomach tube feedings. Thankfully she loves it...otherwise I don't know how we'd get it in her. Her seizures have subsided ever since we started feeding her the special Avian food. People thought I was plum loco spending that much on a chicken... but Hippy is like a puppy to us. She follows us everywhere, comes when called, she talks back to you when she hears her name. She is well worth the money.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Starting the Jiree Cardigan

I am just getting started on Denise's project which is going to be a vibrant blue- done in Bernat Soft Boucle.
Might I add...the pattern is done in a garter stitch & I do not like how this boucle yarn purl's. It is very difficult to purl with that type of yarn...at least for me it is. The yarn is softer than I initially thought. Feeling the skein it didn't feel so soft but knit up it is feeling alot softer. Anyways, wish me luck on this project as it is a big challenge for me. So far the pattern looks easy enough to understand.... then again I am only on row 20. :o)

Thursday, June 15, 2006

My New Looms!

Yippee!! I am doing the happy dance!!

I got my new looms from Decor Accents!! I just love the wonderful craftmanship!! I ordered all small gauge looms this time in an effort to cut back on the quantity of yarn needed. The regular/large gauge Knifty Knitter's usually take 2 strands which means twice as much yarn. Yippee Skippy!! I sure can't wait to start using them!!

I am so very impatient with myself! I can't stand it sometimes. I'm like a kid trying to sleep on Christmas Eve...knowing Santa is coming... oooh ...the anticipation!

I'm committed to another large project right now. Denise Layman asked me to test a new pattern for her (to my surprise :o) and I accepted the challenge! Why??! Hmmm. I have never been brave enough to even consider such a project as I have such difficulty understanding patterns.... at least I was having difficulty... until my brain started absorbing the info taught by our volunteer teachers over at our Loom Knitter's Classroom (yahoo group)! We've only done a few projects however the info I have been taught is worth it's weight in gold... I mean it's weight in yarn. LOL!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Class Project ~ Fancy Purse

Well.... Here is my fancy purse. I had to complete it before all the directions were posted because I need my loom....

What I learned from this project:

* Eyelash type yarns end up with 90% of the eyelash wisps on the wrong side of project until you brush it to pull it back through.

* You really need a hard (firm) purse handle that is large enough to reach to both sides of purse.... and the solid handle to hold bag stretched out flat as my soft leather handle makes the purse drap in the middle at the top.

This was a nice fast project & the yarn is very soft. I used Caron Simply Soft Quick - Super bulky with a strand of Lion Brand Fancy Fur- Bulky > Knitting them together.

The flap I did with 2 strands of the Caron Simply Soft Quick.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Central NY Rain keeps wet alpacas fully fleeced!

Did I mention that we are STILL waiting for the alpacas to dry out so we can shear them?! Here we are ...June 9th, 2006 with wet wooly wonders just waiting to be shorn of their luxurious alpaca fleece. At least the rain keeps them cool as they can not tolerate the extremely hot temps. Once the temps hit high 80's, or even into the 90's.... they do not do well. They truly love the water though! You so much as walk near the garden hose and they'll come running, teasing to be sprayed. Hopefully they'll dry out by my next nights off from work.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

My Model Baby!

After the trials & errors of knitting garments by quessing sizes, I went and bought myself a baby! Finally I was able to find a true to life baby 20" long, 15.25" head circumference, life sized hands & feet also! It's so real like... sometimes I think his mouth moves! LOL!!
Now my newborn items will be accurate in size.
However they will be put on the back burner for now as I am about to embark on a challenging project. It's a secret for now. I'll update you later on that! :o)

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

I stopped at Walmart this morning for Milk & came home with a bunch of Goodies for a fancy clutch bag I will be creating in our Loom Knitter's Classroom this week.

I had to do some wild color coordinating. Walmart doesn't have many of any one color or brand which made it difficult.
We're learning how to create a Fancy Clutch Purse taught by Jenn Perry. I have no use for the clutch purse but do them anyways for practice.
I'll post my end product when I get done.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Toaster Cover

We're still waiting for our alpacas to dry out so we can shear them. Here it is June 5th aleady! At least the rain is keeping them cooled down.
In the mean time I decided to attempt making a toaster cover for our new toaster!
No pattern, just created as I loomed. I used "Bernat Handicrafter Cotton" Yarn- Rosewood color. I did the toaster cover in sections.

The top panel first.

Then 2 sides. Because my new toaster has fat rounded top edges unlike my skinny square top old one... I had to decrease stitches to get it to fit my toaster.

After top & side panels were made, I decided to add I-Cord trim to the seams. I then stitched all together at once: Top, I-Cord & side panel.
I am excited to say that it turned out not tooo bad!
** My only fear is that it will shrink when washed as it just fits now. I even made it 2" larger on loom that I needed.
*** My lessons learned:
1) With a little imagination & old fashioned determination.... you can make anything without a pattern!
2) Make items substantially larger that you'd like end product to be as once it is taken off loom, it is ALOT smaller... and may shrink even smaller when washed.