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September 29 2010

Consider Learning How to Knit on a Loom

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Knitting on a loom is much faster and easier to learn than knitting with needles

There are two way of going about nearly anything. There is a hard way, and an easy way. Keep in mind that I didn’t say there was a hard way and a way that requires no work, everything requires some amount of effort, but what we are talking about is the amount of effort required to get something done. In the realm of learning how to knit there is a hard way and a much easier way. You’ll still have to learn how to do certain things regardless of which you choose, but one way is far simpler.

One way of knitting is to use needles, this is the hard way. Now, that doesn’t mean it’s the wrong way, there are millions of people out there who love knitting with needles and will never do it any other way regardless of how many other ways there are to do it. Knitting with needles is an ancient and traditional method and allows for a great degree of potential craftsmanship and handmade quality. But I say potential because very few individuals ever reach the stage of true craftsmanship when it comes to needle knitting. (...)
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September 14 2010

Knitting Loom: Ancient Technology and a New World of Knitting

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Knitting looms can also be used to make anything you can find a pattern for.

It’s actually pretty amazing to take a look at all of the different ways people put strings together to make cloth. There are such a wide variety of different types of knitting looms and other techniques I can’t even begin to understand.

It is actually just a little mind-boggling to say the least. But even though there are million dollar machines that can make five bagillion socks an hour, and other machines that can produce oodles of cloth a minute, all of them are based on a few pretty simple principles and the old knitting loom is one of them. (...)
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September 13 2010

Knifty Knitter: Simple Kit for Beginning Loom Knitting

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The Knifty Knitter kit, then, is actually more like a nifty re-packaging of a very old system of turning thread (in this case yarn) into stuff.

There are some products that you hear about and think to yourself “who in the world would want that?” Others sell by the millions, only to end up in garage sales for years (the salad shooter comes to mind) because they had no real value and once the niftiness wears off it becomes just a paperweight. Then there are those things that really are pretty neat, and who cares if they just happen to be simple. The Knifty Knitter is certainly one of those types of things.

As you can tell, we’re not typically in the rush to buy the latest and greatest thing. Tried and true tends to be better than slick and new. It turns out that the Knifty Knitter is exactly that.

The Knifty Knitter is a loom knitting kit, and loom knitting is nothing new. As a matter of fact, although no one knows for sure which came first: the needle or the loom, there was a goddess of weaving in predynastic egypt more than 5,000 years ago. So making things on looms has been around since, like, the same time as the wheel or something. (...)
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