Monday, October 19, 2015

Universal S Loom Is More Than Just For Blankets

Universal S Loom

Typically the Universal S Looms are seen as just a blanket loom, but really it is just that... A Universal Loom.  SO
I would like to muse you into some ideas. 

I will start off with my impressions and thoughts before having worked with the universal S loom. 1st before I even recieved the loom I figured it would be absolutely huge, but was surprised when it came in the mail in such a small box for what I thought the size would be. As soon as I saw it, it was perfect, it could fit in my lap and my family still sit around me. Now I did get the smaller size but still perfect sizing.
2nd, I wasn't sure how I would like the flow of the loom when working on it, and found I enjoyed the flow with the curves and liked the fact there are really only 2 difficult pegs to do. Plus on a side note, my liking a loom depends on how it flows for me to do a row. I hate rectangular looms, and there are several pegs of doom. 
3rd, I got the loom for not a blanket but a poncho, my thought was if it can make a blanket it is certainly big enough to make a poncho. This loom worked perfectly. 
Needless to say this loom surprised me, and I was happy for the pleasant surprise. 

Now lets talk about expanding thoughts on patterns and projects on these wonderful looms. Tyically 1 wedge comes with the loom, this allows you to adjust the loom to any pegging choice you need. Great thing is they sell more wedges seperately if you want them, and honestly I am thinking I need to get some more. ;-)
It this looms does blankets what else is out there knitted that is large like a blanket? Sweaters, ponchos, capes, shawls, cowls, and so on, items that are not easily made on hat looms and such. It allows for a variation is sizing. If your not skinny or a family member or friends are skinny hat looms just are going to work for making a sweater, becauase truth is on average you can't be a little fluffy and use those looms even. But the universal loom you can, and make them loose and comfortable as well. 

Also consider this, you can make sets of 2 of things on these looms as well 1 on 1 side and 2 on the other. Booties, fingerless gloves, sleeves, leg warmers, and boot toppers. Make sure you order an extra wedge. With this loom the sky is the limit. 

As for having completed my first project on it, I am very excited to do soo much more on my universal loom. Want to make a sweater now, and another fun poncho with cabeling. Keep an eye on this blog post for more universal patterns to come!!!

Please take a look at these other patterns for the universal S loom. 
Also feel free to comment and send links to more patterns we can post for the universal S loom. 

Sweater Poncho by Scarlett Royale

Inverted Rib Stitch by Amanda Pratt

Visit CinDwood Premium Knitting Looms to get your Universal S Loom. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

How many knockers does it take to make the right pattern?

How many knockers does it take to make the right pattern? 

9 knockers!!!! LOL

A story from the designer perspective. 

I was approached by 2 wonderful women about this project, Denise from Loom a Hat, and Kristy from CinDwood Looms, about working up a prosthetic boob. I said sure always like a challenge and it would be for a good cause. 
Well what seemed like a fun little project to tackle, turned into something bigger. I started out with 2 styles of a draft. 1 in the knitted in the round using peg doubling, and the other knitted flat using a decreasing method with the flat knit and sewing up the side. First one too round and stitching too large, and 2nd too conicle, needs more rows to flatten out some, oh and the yarn needs to be DK size or smaller. HMMMMM. Well this suddenly turned out to be more effort required, OK go forth and conquer. At least I knew the wrap and turn and flat knit were the way to head.

Next draft with fine yarn had too many holes showing up in the decrease sections using the flat knitted style, with more sections to make it less conicle. Oh no, so I gave one more different technique a try, but to no avail, holes. But in my frustration of not getting it, Kristy was like "take a break" so I did. Best thing for me. LOL. I told Kristy "Fine gauge is going to be needed for that fine of a yarn" Low and behold the planets aligned, the sun shown just right, and the universe procured a solution to our delima. Thanks so much Cindy for putting the fine gauge prototype together for me.  ;-)

Next draft was working, but the bottom wasn't quite right, and now for sizing..... which means the next knockers were questionable in sizing. Went to the store to fit them in bras and thought I had an idea of fitting, but still not sure. Thankfully Barbara from Knitted Knocker sent over some knockers for me to see the sizing, plus some yarn to make sure it would work for the pattern.

Well for a "What the heck" I tried to simplify the pattern and still use the 1/2 gauge series, using 3 pieces sewn together, little difficult to sew up, but still a little too much space but might would work. We shall see in our future what this design beholds. ;-)

Well here we are the final 2 drafts and samples made and they worked, finally got the right pattern and size!!! I used part of a technique, the kitchener bind off, from Brenda Myers on the closer, with her approval!!! Another amazing talented woman!!! So the knockers were sent back for approval, days later we got a "yes", pattern approved. CinDwood got the fine gauge pegs fine tuned and in order.

Now we are off and away. Please feel free to look at the kit CinDwood it providing and the Pink pegs series going on for this month. Plus keep in mind it took a group full of women to achieve this project, so that the loom knitting community can share and donate to those women who are in need of prosthetics. Also check out other patterns on CinDwood page for this months awareness. Hope Hat  and  Ribbons of Love

Thank You Ladies
Scarlett Royale
The Loom Muse

Oct. Fundraiser Info

All Pink color charges go to breast cancer research (Huntsman Cancer Institute)
$2 for hat/scarf looms and $5 for afghan looms
1. Knitted Knocker Loom +ePattern Bundle ($5 of each bundle goes to Knitted Knockers Support Foundation)
2. Ribbons of Love ePattern – $1.99 (All proceeds go to breast cancer research)
3. Hope Hat $1.99 – (All proceeds go to cancer research)
Thank you for helping us make a difference this month by purchasing looms and patterns from us. We appreciate the support!!

 Thanks to the groups involved!!!