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« Reply #670 on: May 02, 2008 09:24:49 AM »

Muria: I only really use my right hand when loom knitting. I usually have it sitting on my lap and have my left hand on it for stability or sometimes holding it in my left hand. It is nothing to strenuous though. I would guess that everyone has their own way that they do things. I dunno if I was able to help all that much.  Undecided
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« Reply #671 on: May 02, 2008 12:36:50 PM »

I don't know if this has been asked before, but can anyone tell me if this could be used one handed?  My mom had a stroke last year, and her left hand really doesn't function well.  I was thinking of getting this for her as something she might use to get a little function back into her hand (she won't do the exercises because she thinks they're stupid).  I was hoping this would appeal to her since she used to knit sporadically.  However, if it's just going to sit in a corner because she can't use it, it's not much help.  Undecided

I've seen plenty of people do this. When my wrists get tired, I rest the loom under one hand, then pick and turn it with the other hand. Works like a charm everytime Smiley You just have to be careful to be sitting at a place it won't slip away from you, and make sure its not such a big loom that you have something else up and going to support it.

Some older people in my knit club also use it with one of those stand thingys for holding embroidery hoops. Some have the holder thingys for the big looms, like this one:



then you can definitely work one handed! Cheesy
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« Reply #672 on: May 02, 2008 03:13:49 PM »

Thanks for the input! Maybe I'll get her one with some nice yarn.  I'm not sure how much really nice yarn she's actually worked with, as most of what I've seen her make has been acrylic (nicer acrylics, but still acrylic. Of course, she was making stuff for kids, so the machine washable aspect may have been the deciding factor).
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« Reply #673 on: May 02, 2008 05:38:34 PM »

Thanks for the input! Maybe I'll get her one with some nice yarn.  I'm not sure how much really nice yarn she's actually worked with, as most of what I've seen her make has been acrylic (nicer acrylics, but still acrylic. Of course, she was making stuff for kids, so the machine washable aspect may have been the deciding factor).
You could get her some yummy soy or cottons. There are some really nice ones out now. Smiley OR perhaps a nice blend? I think the idea is very sweet!
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« Reply #674 on: May 02, 2008 05:50:23 PM »

Thanks for the input! Maybe I'll get her one with some nice yarn.  I'm not sure how much really nice yarn she's actually worked with, as most of what I've seen her make has been acrylic (nicer acrylics, but still acrylic. Of course, she was making stuff for kids, so the machine washable aspect may have been the deciding factor).

The acrylic or cotton or something might be easier for her to use, at least until she gets used to it. The loom is very easy to use one-handed, but it's also easy for the loops to slip off until you get the hang of it (at least, it was for my DD when she was learning), so something with a little "grab" might be best to start. Also, I would recommend the round looms at first, because they have larger pegs and are easier to work with than the long looms (again, just my experience).
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« Reply #675 on: May 02, 2008 07:44:56 PM »

Thanks for the input! Maybe I'll get her one with some nice yarn.  I'm not sure how much really nice yarn she's actually worked with, as most of what I've seen her make has been acrylic (nicer acrylics, but still acrylic. Of course, she was making stuff for kids, so the machine washable aspect may have been the deciding factor).

The acrylic or cotton or something might be easier for her to use, at least until she gets used to it. The loom is very easy to use one-handed, but it's also easy for the loops to slip off until you get the hang of it (at least, it was for my DD when she was learning), so something with a little "grab" might be best to start. Also, I would recommend the round looms at first, because they have larger pegs and are easier to work with than the long looms (again, just my experience).
Agreed on the looms. I find my yarn coming off the pegs on the long looms way to easy, usually from me forgetting to hold the yarn as I wrap.
Also I find the pick tool works better on the larger looms.
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« Reply #676 on: May 03, 2008 11:28:19 AM »

Now THAT'S a nifty Knifty Knitter, cfbandit! I wish I had time between now and Mother's day to do one of those for her.
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« Reply #677 on: May 05, 2008 01:50:49 PM »

That S-shaped table loom thingy is awesome!  I've never seen anything like it before.  Very clever.

I bought a multipack of Knifty Knitters a few weeks ago.  I made my sister a hat following the instructions, but it's ridiculously small, so I'll just rip it out and make her a hat the old fashioned way lol.  I was pretty discouraged with the whole idea of loom knitting after that, but this thread has shown me how cool they can be.
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« Reply #678 on: May 05, 2008 03:58:20 PM »

That S-shaped table loom thingy is awesome!  I've never seen anything like it before.  Very clever.

I bought a multipack of Knifty Knitters a few weeks ago.  I made my sister a hat following the instructions, but it's ridiculously small, so I'll just rip it out and make her a hat the old fashioned way lol.  I was pretty discouraged with the whole idea of loom knitting after that, but this thread has shown me how cool they can be.
Use a bigger loom! IF that comes out too big I posted directions for making a baby hat in this thread(a few pages back) that will custom fit a babies head. use the same directions jsut think adult any where I put the word baby.
The thing to keep in mind is your knitting will only stretch to as wide around as the pegs are. So if the head you are trying to fit is smaller than that loom go up a size. Smiley
It makes me happy that you didn't stay discouraged because I find KK so much faster than knitting with needles and much more rewarding. Smiley And I love to hear other people with the same feeling! Don't give up it can be done!
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« Reply #679 on: May 06, 2008 01:06:17 PM »

cfbandit: where does one get a loom like that? WOWZA!
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