So I have a dirty little secret. I’m absolutely obsessed with knitting. There… it’s out there and I said it.
I’ll get into a whole post about living with anxiety but I actually started knitting to help me calm down when I felt a panic attack coming on. It started out as a let’s try and see what this whole thing is about, to buying ALL the yarn I can find and getting all the gear. For me it really does work in calming me down so you can call it my emotional support hobby.
The dirty part of the secret…depends on who you ask…. is that I can only knit on a loom type device instead of the needles. I can barely use chopsticks so knitting needles was completely out of my skill level. It really is a good starting point but for sure not the hardcore knitter that will stab you in the neck with the needles if you make them miss a count. I think the levels are needle knitters, loomers and now they have knitting machines that all you need to do is turn a crank and boom..you got a scarf in like 20 min. Can I look down on the machine people since my skill lever is higher? I really just want to feel like I am on an intermediate level rather than rookie.
So far I have made what seems like a million scarfs and I just finished my very first blanket. It looks a little wonky but hey it’s all mine and I did it all by myself.
My addiction so far has me buying all the loom items I can find. So many options but I have linked the ones I have below.
For the newbie I would suggest starting out with just simple rectangle loom. This is were you will get to make some cute scarves. It’s super easy but I would suggest watching a few YouTube videos rather than reading the directions that come with it. Just follow along..pause..then continue.
Wayion Knitting Loom Set with Hook Needle Kit Yarn Cord Knitter 4 Hat Looms Long Knitting Loom DIYfor Scarf Sweater Shawl Blankets
Once I mastered the rectangle loom I moved on to the blanket maker. I do admit I freaking LOVE this one. It’s the same concept and the rectangle but it weaves around in an S shape for a longer width for a blanket. You can then decide how long you want to make it by knitting your way down. SO MUCH FUN. For my first blanket I used a crushed velvet luxious yarn. It’s so silky smooth and cozy.
Authentic Knitting Board Afghan Knitting Loom
I also bought this sock loom but to be honest I’m a little bit confused on how to do it. Remember I’m a knitting virgin so it’s a bit confusing with the instructions but after this current blanket I’m determined to figure it out. It’s getting cold here in Colorado so I want all the fuzzy socks I can make.
AKB Adjustable Sock Loom, Fine Gauge
Do you have a dirty little crafting secret? One where it’s getting out of hand. Where you are on all the blogs, facebook groups and Pinterest boards? I actually had a dream last night that I sold my knitting pieces and that paid for my living expenses. If anyone wants to buy wonky blankets and weird shaped socks I’m your girl. Hit me up.
Ok I’m off to become a stereo type. I have a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks a window cracked to feel and smell the fall air and getting ready to knit more of my blanket. Next stop Hallmark movie channel. OH God.. somebody stop me:)