Sunday, February 22, 2009

Knitting Wheel Fashions

I got a new loom knitting book called More Knitting Wheel Fashions by Kathy Norris. This is going to fill in some of the blanks in my knowledge I hope. It has 18 new projects. I'll have to keep my eyes open for Knitting Wheel Fashions, which I assume came out already. This does seem to have pretty clear instructions so we'll see how it goes. It has patterns for scarves, socks and hats and a baby section. It's by Leisure Arts. I've enjoyed many of their books. I really like the black and white checkered scarf on the front cover. Must be a throwback to my days as a mime.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Wooden Knifty Knitter Rip off Looms

I was browsing the booths in Quartzsite AZ when I came to one with a sign that said 'material'. So I beelined it for the entrance.
I instantly spotted some items made on a Knifty Knitter loom. But wasn't the Provo Craft Knifty Knitter loom. The artisan had obviously taken a set of Knifty Knitter looms and copied them slavishly to make wooden looms. Personally I would much rather have them in wood for period encampments like SCA and primitive gatherings. But it gauls me to the core that this couple ripped off the KK loom designs and made it their own. They even sell the round looms in a set of four just like the plastic looms. And they have the long loom version as well.

Now I know knitting looms have been around a very long time and there are wooden ones out there. And maybe I'll get one some day. I've seen some on Youtube. But sooner or later Provocrafts is going to get wind of those guys and sue their little arses off. Ugh. So needless to say I didn't buy one. Also, wood is heavier than plastic so a little more tiring to use I am sure.