Well, here's another knifty knitter. In addition to the link
I posted on that Craftster thread the_wallaby gave, I've posted a couple of very simple KK projects on my blog: Homespun Scarf
and How NOT to Make a Hogwarts Scarf
. In addition to the scarves and the obligatory hats, I've made quite a few dishcloths; that's actually good to practice flat panels with because they're small and if you mess up, who cares, it's only a dishcloth.
As for other ideas, you could make multiple small panels and stitch together for a baby blanket or afghan; you could use the smallest loom to make a brimless hat shape and thread a cord or ribbon through it near the non-drawn together end so that you have a drawstring bag; you could possibly
alter that drawstring bag idea to make a bun cover for your hair (you'd probably want to skip some pegs for this and experiment to find an acceptable yarn); you could probably make a small tube of knitting and run a drawstring through for a doll skirt; or you could make up some large flat panels and join together to make a ruana. I've not tried any of these ideas yet; I'm disinclined to handle yarn in the hot, sticky summertime.
Thanks for posting the link to that purse; I saw it back when it was first posted, but I'd forgotten about it. People could do other styles of bag too, if you just made a flat panel, folded it up, and stitched the sides shut as in that one. I've also seen a Jayne hat made on the KK and I think some fingerless gloves or armwarmers and a few other things.
Rockfullofawesome, tell those people that KK is too real knitting! Besides which, it came before needle knitting; there a post or two about it on that thread the_wallaby linked to.
My question to anyone who's bought the purple KK loom would be if it's that much different from making flat panels on the round loom. I could have gotten one very cheaply recently (40% off US$3-something; I think they'd been mismarked), and I thought, "eh, I can make flat panels on my round looms" and left them there. But maybe the rectangular loom is better?
And to anyone who might want to try out the KK technique before buying KK or another loom AND who happens to have some polymer clay and a few nails lying around, Lion Brand has a How to Make a Spool Knitter article
in their crafts section. (The link may not work if you haven't signed up with them; they started requiring registration to access the patterns, but it is free.) This is just a polymer clay version of the old wooden spool knitting nancies, knitting dollies, French knitters or whatever you wanted to call them. Someone once posted on Craftster that she'd seen an old Sunset magazine that told how to make a big version from nails and a food service size can lined with corrugated cardboard.