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Wednesday
Nov162011

Inventory: Martha Stewart Knit & Weave Loom

It has been awhile since I wrote an 'Inventory' post, where I share some of my favorite products that I am currently using, so today I decided to review my most recent purchase, the Martha Stewart & Lion Brand Yarn Knit & Weave Loom.  I saw this loom at the craft store recently and was super intrigued by the prospect of learning basic knitting without using needles.  I don't have much knowledge in this area but I figure that knitting on a loom is easier to learn than the more traditional alternative.  Does anyone have any experience with both?  Am I right?  The kit is definitely expensive, retailing around $45, but I was lucky enough to snag a 50% coupon to Jo-Ann's so it was a much more feasible purchase (especially because you need to add new pretty yarns into the total cost).  

But the high price tag is understandable considering all that the kit includes.  You can make all kinds of loom configurations with the pieces so there is no way your creativity would be stifled.  You can make hats, scarves, blankets, and even stuffed animals.  At first you learn just the basic stitches, which is the stage I am at but eventually I am looking forward to making more advanced things like this...

How fun would it be to make your own blanket to snuggle under on cold days?  The kit includes three patterns but you can find more of them, including the ones above, on the Lion Brand Yarn website.  There are patterns for this loom as well as standard knit and crochet patterns too.  Of course the patterns suggest using the Martha Stewart brand yarns but they are significantly more expensive than other brands.  I love the Martha Stewart colors but I found similar hues in other brands and saved a lot of money that way.

I most definitely want to learn real knitting (and crochet) in the future but for now I am liking this loom process.  The directions are pretty easy to follow and I think I am understanding it all.  The book teaches a couple of stitches but I have only been working on the basic knit stitch so far.  Here is the first little square I completed:

I messed up a bit and still need to figure out the correct way to cast off but I was pretty proud of my little blue square.  It's so soft and I can already imagine wrapping myself in a knitted blanket of a much larger version (really getting ahead of myself).  

I have started on my second piece and so far things are going along pretty smoothly.  I am pretty happy with the kit too.  Placement of the loom while knitting is a little awkward.  In the book, they show it placed flat on a tabletop but for me that setup doesn't really work.  I have been holding it in my lap which is ok but it slips around a bit because of the shape of the loom.  But I'm still learning so I figure I'll create a system that works best for me soon.  I should probably learn to work at a tabletop.  

The kit claims the pegs stay put but I noticed they wiggle a bit.  After knitting a few rows I usually need to push them down back into place which doesn't really bother me.  Overall I really like the kit so far and am glad I purchased it.

The knitting process is really basic.  It just involves wrapping the yarn around the pegs and then using the tool to pull up and over...well, that's all I have had to do for this first basic stitch I am learning.  It probably gets a bit more complicated in the stitches coming up but we'll see.

Once I get a little more familiar with this loom I'll write another review of it and update you guys with my progress.  Maybe I'll be knitting a blanket before I know it!  Has anyone knit on this particular loom or any others?  What was your experience like?  

*I do not receive any compensation for my Inventory posts.  I bought this product for my own use and paid for it myself.  My opinions are based solely on my own experience with the product.  I blog about these products because I like them and think other crafters could find them useful in their own work.  Thanks!