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« Reply #920 on: May 17, 2009 05:25:57 PM »

If you mean a cylindar like a pop can or a roll of toilet paper then that will happen on its own, just keep knitting around until it's the length you want.

Did you mean maybe a cone shape? That would need decreases, I think, but I'm not sure exactly how yet.
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« Reply #921 on: May 17, 2009 06:31:52 PM »

D'oh...yeah I meant a cone shape  Lips sealed I'm pretty sure it would need decreases but I practised yesterday making up my own thing and it so did not work  Huh
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« Reply #922 on: May 17, 2009 07:21:23 PM »

It seems to me there must be a trick to making a cone because if you do too many decreases your stitiches either won't reach or they'll be all stretched out. You might need to go to doing rows back and forth and then sew up the seam, or something.
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« Reply #923 on: June 09, 2009 04:42:53 PM »

It's been awhile since I've visited this thread.  Thanks, Jatoha, for linking my blog.  Sorry I missed it or I would have chimed in.  BTW, it's not necessary to just use "pickup" sticks to make the adjustable loom in my tutorial.   You could use just about any sticks you can find including pencils/pens to give it a try.  The rubberbands don't need to be fancy, either.  Regular larger ones will work.  It's just harder to increase/decrease with them.  There is an example toward the end of the tutorial with a longer rubberband.

...I'm pretty sure it would need decreases...

It seems to me there must be a trick to making a cone because if you do too many decreases your stitiches either won't reach or they'll be all stretched out...

Yep.  The problem with the rigid knifty knitter and other round looms is that you can't change the size of your tube.  So, decreasing is pretty much limited to flat knitting.  You should be able to on knitting boards, though, because you can just work in the middle of the loom with loom clips and not go all the way to the edges.  Or, you can also use something like my homemade looms and physically remove the pegs or push them out of the way.

I made a cone-shaped doll hat as an experiment here
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« Reply #924 on: June 09, 2009 08:13:11 PM »

I've decreased every other stitch on the round looms but that's about as far as you can go on them unfortunetly. I really like the loom clips but my first set broke. Luckily I bought 2 sets knowing that would happen to at least one of them. I keep meaning to write/call provo craft about it as I've heard they are very good about replacing these things.
Basically they need to make them more rubbery or flexible to deal with the tension put on them to take them off and put them on.

mieljolie- Thanks for the blog award! I have to go through who all I'd like to bestow it on to pass it on again! I haven't updated in so long....
I have so many crafty things to put up I'm almost afraid to get started....
Anywho Would your adjustable loom work with bamboo skewers? I just bought a bag of them to make tiny DPN's with and will have plenty left over. I typically sand, then wax and sometimes paint or varnish the skewers to prevent yarn from catching quite so much...
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« Reply #925 on: June 09, 2009 08:24:00 PM »

...Would your adjustable loom work with bamboo skewers? I just bought a bag of them to make tiny DPN's with and will have plenty left over. I typically sand, then wax and sometimes paint or varnish the skewers to prevent yarn from catching quite so much...

I think skewers should work.  I've even tried hair pins after someone else suggested it.  The large ones were ok.

I was going to say that they may splinter and catch the yarn, but wax or paint ought to prevent that.  Just be careful not to get the tension too tight.  They're flexible, but could still snap.  The good thing is that it would be easy to change them out while knitting.  You would just slide a new one in with the old and then remove the old one.  Maybe use 2 sticks together like I do my pickup sticks.  Also, might not hurt to dip the end in something to give it a slight knob on the end.
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« Reply #926 on: June 10, 2009 08:08:34 AM »

...Would your adjustable loom work with bamboo skewers? I just bought a bag of them to make tiny DPN's with and will have plenty left over. I typically sand, then wax and sometimes paint or varnish the skewers to prevent yarn from catching quite so much...

I think skewers should work.  I've even tried hair pins after someone else suggested it.  The large ones were ok.

I was going to say that they may splinter and catch the yarn, but wax or paint ought to prevent that.  Just be careful not to get the tension too tight.  They're flexible, but could still snap.  The good thing is that it would be easy to change them out while knitting.  You would just slide a new one in with the old and then remove the old one.  Maybe use 2 sticks together like I do my pickup sticks.  Also, might not hurt to dip the end in something to give it a slight knob on the end.
Good idea about using two together. I could do that and I agree with dipping one end in something. It might even work to use clay over top of them and bake them in the oven. That would make the ma bit sturdier...
I will have to play with some and see! I've been meaning to do a day where I play with clay.
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« Reply #927 on: June 10, 2009 09:19:56 AM »

...It might even work to use clay over top of them and bake them in the oven. That would make the ma bit sturdier...

Sounds like a great idea!  I've got loads of poly clay over here.  You may even be able to just glue pony or some other type of bead to the tops.  Might even want to put a few beads spaced apart down the stick for knitting multiple yarns at once like 1over2 and stuff. 

For some reason, when you mentioned clay, I'm seeing little faces and animals on the tips of all you pegs.  Don't ask me why.  I'm just weird, I guess.  Smiley
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« Reply #928 on: June 10, 2009 09:41:43 AM »

...It might even work to use clay over top of them and bake them in the oven. That would make the ma bit sturdier...

Sounds like a great idea!  I've got loads of poly clay over here.  You may even be able to just glue pony or some other type of bead to the tops.  Might even want to put a few beads spaced apart down the stick for knitting multiple yarns at once like 1over2 and stuff. 

For some reason, when you mentioned clay, I'm seeing little faces and animals on the tips of all you pegs.  Don't ask me why.  I'm just weird, I guess.  Smiley
Lol I don't have those kinds of mad clay skill yet. But that would be totally adorable!
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« Reply #929 on: June 16, 2009 07:40:44 AM »

Speaking of homemade looms, I'm seeing those plastic swizzle (cocktail) sticks everywhere now that it is summer.  They are pretty cheap and have some wonderful shapes and colors.  It would make an xlarge gauge similar to the KK looms.

I also saw some funny pickup sticks at Cracker Barrel awhile back.  They had snakes and twigs!  I want some of those snakes, but they're a bit pricey for my thrifty pockets.  Smiley 
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