So as a hand busy work hobby I started looming again. I’ve been doing mostly headbands to keep my baldness warm and well…hidden. I have the basic Knifty Knitter round looms in all the sizes and a couple of knitting boards that I had tried with the help of my husband to make that didn’t quite work the way I wanted them to.
The looms I have worked alright but I really wanted something that was a smaller gauge, So when I saw Martha Stewart’s contribution to loom knitting I said to myself THAT is what you need. No you don’t want this you NEEEED this. I did manage to hold off till my 50% off coupon from Joanns was valid and got it for half price. Which is good because full price was $44 plus tax.
So here is my totally honest review.
First for the pros and cons
- It’s pretty, it really is, it’s not bright or gaudy like most of the looms.
- It has about a zillion different configurations
- It comes in a decent little storage box
- You can easily weave on it and it comes with a weaving tool.
- The book is pretty, it has a few beginners projects and is really very Martha Stewart-ish. It’s also written in several languages which is cool and a good thing if English is your second language.
- It falls apart while you’re looming unless you don’t pull on your yarn AT ALL. I mean seriously if you like to pull your yarn tight when doing the no wrap method or you tug on your yard at all, you’re going to be dealing with pegs falling out.
- Some of the pieces don’t fully join together, what I mean by this is that there were a few pieces in my loom set that weren’t properly machined, there were areas inside them that had defects that caused them not to fit together properly. Which in turn caused the pegs not to fit in properly, which in turn made it so that the whole dang thing could fall apart at any second.
- The tools included with the kit sucked. Period, the knitting tool sucked, it was a cheap piece of junk, the crochet hook was a cheap plastic piece of crap…I have to admit it really ticked me off when I opened it up and saw the cheap quality of these items. I mean HELLO the knitting tool is quite important to the whole process and I really really REALLY doubt Martha would be using this thing. I think she would demand a higher quality knitting tool.
- The cost. It ends up being around $50 after tax if you don’t have a coupon.
In the end, I sadly took it back to Joanns and got a Tadpole and some yarn. I SO wanted to love this thing. I worked with it for a few hours over a couple of days, telling myself that it would get better, telling myself that maybe the pegs will stay put now that I pushed them in yet again. By the end of it I had a headband that was going to be too big, sore fingers from trying to force the pegs to stay put and a totally bummed out attitude.
I read a lot of blog reviews on this item before I bought it and just about Every. Single. Blogger. Had gotten a free loom from Lion/Martha Stewart/Whoever gives these free things to bloggers. So I feel like that very well may have colored their reviews. I’m not accusing anyone of anything but I know when I get something for free it makes me a little more inclined to feel very generous towards any imperfections.
My totally 100% honest review of the Martha Stewart Crafts Knit & Weave Loom is… don’t buy it. There are other options out there for smaller gauges that I wasn’t aware of before. I’ll be writing about those within the next couple of days so if you’re interested in that follow my blog and you’ll receive an email letting you know when I’ve posted.