Sunday, January 3, 2010

Fixin' my Knittin'

I must have spent at least an hour online last night trying to find out what the problem was with my hat making. Of course I can tell that this hat was a bit on the long side, but I had intended for that length at the bottom to just roll up. Instead, it just flopped down.

All I could find on the web was that the looms labeled as "adult hat" size were all too big to fit any human head. No other solution presented itself, so pretty it isn't, but I fixed the loom to my liking.

Since this is a "flexiloom," I was able to cut a section off without breaking it. I cut off about an inch and a half with two pegs and then wired the loom back together.

I'm sure there's a better way to do this, but hey, it worked for me.

I got up at 4 this morning; undid the previous cap; then tried again on the "improved" loom. The fit was better but not perfect. I undid the hat for about the fifth time to try again. On the web I had read that you should use two strands of yarn instead of one.

Tada!!! That did the trick.

It's plenty heavy and as long or short as I might like it.

Those of you who warned me of yarn addictions were right on the money. I'm heading back to the craft store tomorrow. I need a red hat now.


Heckety said...

I'll have to look this up as I've not come across this 'loom'. Is it sort of like the old-fashioned 'knitting nancy'? Well done on fixing it, and it looks great! I'd be a knitter (among other things) myself and I have to ban myself from entering the wool shop more than once every two months...does that say it all???

Diane said...

What?! I go away for a couple of weeks and next thing I see you are KNITTING!! KNITTING LIKE CRAZY!!!

I said it before about the toilet paper roll and I have to say it again with the loom modification: you are amazing : )

Did you discover That's where I go for help.

Little Ol' Liz said...

Jan -
If you're interested in a different style, you can do several rows of Ribbing: like Knit 2, Purl 2 repeat. Purl stitches aren't too bad, once you get used to them. There's also a true knit stitch; if you're wrapping the pegs like a cursive "e", those are technically called a "twisted knit stitch." Whatever you call it, have fun. There are so many possibilities. And yarn!

Kathy said...

Your are becoming a master of the yarn here with your knitting. Way to go! Do you suppose that if you used wool yarn and knit the hat much larger than you'd need it--would it be possible to felt it down to size???

Kim said...

Now that is just funny! Have you ever heard of the site called CraftFail? You should submit it there. I love your loom knitting - I'm hoping to learn this winter - I really want some wool socks!

random Cindy said...

Come to the dark side Jan. It's called You'll never be the same. Mwahahaha!

LDH said...

It is adorable! But I just have to say how impressed I am with your patience and persistence. I don't think I would have been able to rip out my work that many times with out tearing it to shreds :) Every time I'm losing my cool over something that doesn't work out, I will remember my friend, Jan!

Julie said...

Well, no one could ever say you are not determined!!! LOL! Glad you found the secret to making it work! Wanna see the red one when done!!! :)

Pink Feather Paradise said...

I am definitely hooked... but to crochet. I think if given two sticks I would probably take an eye out... my only saving grace is that wool shops are not very good in this area of the south west of England and unless I take the plunge and buy online my addiction is kept in check... so sad... so very sad!

I have not seen the hoopy thing before I may have to you tube it out of morbid curiosity! lol

loving the hat though and well done for perservering... and of course you'll need a red one... and a blue one ....maybe a spring version and don't forget a lighter weight summer cotton one! and .... and..... oh dear! you are hooked!

take care and wishing you health wealth and happiness for hte new year!

x Alex

Diana said...

Jan, You're a knitting machine. In a matter of a few weeks you have passed me in the knitting stakes. Love the idea of the loom, may invest in one for winter. I like the hat. (the improved one)
Happy knitting in the new year and beyond.

jackie said...

Congratulations on the terrific hat! That knitting thing.....for some reason it just frightens me so I haven't even attempted. I do crochet but when it comes to knitting I guess I'm willing to pay for a knit hat or scarf or mittens or whatever.
I just realized that you and I are quite similar in that we like to dabble in a lot of things....

jackie said...

You sound obsessed, but isn't that what its all about - apart from anything else your pics gave me a good laugh. I'd never heard of loom knitting.