I bought a sock knitting loom. Seems like an odd purchase, doesn’t it? As I really don’t consider myself a knitter. Occasionally I enjoy picking up knitting needles, but I have discovered that my opinion of knitting really hasn’t changed much since I was a kid: it’s too slow. But I still remember the knitting looms I had as a kid with fondness, and I have a bunch of them that I do actually use! They have very large pegs, though, and don’t have a fine sett, and they’re also plastic, which is not one of my favorite materials for fiber arts tools. Wood or metal, no problem, but I’m not fond of plastic.
At Hobby Lobby, I’d seen an informational flyer about the sock loom, but I didn’t see the actual loom there, so I came home and went to my favorite online shopping source, aka Amazon, and there it was. Metal pins and wood frame, and a fine sett. I was sold. When it arrived the other day, I discovered that it was from a company called Knittingboard, and naturally, I had to go look at their site, where I found bigger knitting looms, all made of metal and wood. Obviously, their prices reflect the better quality materials. I have a set of four Knifty Knitter looms that cost me $25; one long knitting loom from Knittingboard is about $30 or thereabout, and the really long ones are up into the $40 range. So I’m going to slowly replace my Knifty Knitters with these. The ones from Knittingboard are also adjustable, and the plastic ones are not, so that’s a big plus as well.
I’ve been told that knitting looms are really limited as to what you can do with them, but the two books that I ordered about them indicate that they’re not as limited as one might think! There were a variety of knitting stitches taught in the books, including some Fair Isle type work. That’s intriguing to me.
I thought socks would be a good idea, as that’s something I might actually finish and use. I’ve never finished a knitting project I’ve started. It’s a very sad commentary, but it comes back to knitting being too slow. I’ve finished projects in weaving, Kumihimo, crochet, but never knitting. Socks are small enough that I might actually get through them. And I have to admit that I’m enjoying using this sock loom!!