I'll be back.

Hello old and new friends. My blog has been inactive but I am still around. I loom-knit, weave and have picked up the sticks to needle knit, too! My patterns page links to Ravelry and I will answer questions about those. Maybe someday I will be back to write more. We will see where life takes me.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Loom Knitting Made Easy (review)

I've had plenty of time to page through this nifty loom-knitting booklet, Loom Knitting Made Easy by Isela Phelps. Now I'd like to make good on my promise to review it here on my blog.

Loom book review

This book was made for crafters curious about those strange circles hanging around the stores. It proves knitting looms can go beyond hats and scarves.

Isela breaks down all the techniques for looming, from the simple twisted knit to purling, increasing/decreasing and cables. Every page packs a lot of punch with clear photographs illustrating each step. The "how-to" takes up more than half of booklet.

From there, six projects take the loom-knitter through all they have learned. For the knitter who thought they've never do lace, there's the elegant "Wrapped in Lace" shawl. As for myself, I'm about to cast on the square dance blanket. My squares rarely turn out to be ... well, square. So I'm looking forward to using the increasing/decreasing technique to get that perfect shape.

Once I'm finished playing, I'll be happy to pass it along to another loom-knitter who wants to go beyond the basics. Thank you to author Isela for providing me with a copy for the purpose of a review. She also has another loomy book coming out in the fall — Stylish Accessories Knitted on/Hand Loom.


  1. I would love to have this book. I am a beginner,but I have fallen in love. I find this to be a real interesting new hobby for me! I already quilt,but why not add on another;)

    Curious to know where you buy your yarn and what yarn you recommend as far as brand goes.

    I love your blog and I see you are from WI. I am from Kenosha,WI which is in the Southeastern corner of WI. I am currently in NC due to military life.

    Glad to meet a fellow loomer:):)

  2. Welcome to looming, Sara! The book has since been passed on but you can find it on Amazon or Red Heart (http://www.shopredheart.com/default.aspx?PageID=62&CategoryID=57&ProductID=4421&ItemID=7131&RootCatCode=05000).

    I probably knit with Lion Brand the most. Vanna's Choice has been great for kids projects ... but it needs to be doubled up on Knifty Knitter looms since it's worsted. Wool-Ease chunky or Thick&Quick works great on the looms, too. I also love indulging in yarn shop yarns like Cascade and Plymouth plus locally dyed Interlacements. :-)

    Happy looming!!!