Featured Etsy Shop: Frame Knitting – Knitting Without Needles

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So to continue on my looming path I found a wonderful Etsy shop to share with you today. It’s called Frame Knitting. This shop sells a terrific line of knitting boards also called knitting rakes by some. They are very similar to the round and straight looms that Provocraft and Boye sell but I would say they are a step or two upwards in the loom knitting hierarchy.

I cannot tell you how well these looms work because I haven’t personally used one but this shop lists very detailed pictures such as this

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of their looms. I have seen similar looms in crafting stores so I can say with a fair amount of certainty that this is likely a good product. The looms appear to be well made and come in three sizes. There is the Noble Knitter 25 which has 25 pegs per side, the Noble Knitter 50 which has 50 pegs per side and the Noble Knitter 100 which obviously has 100 pegs per side. 

The pricing is very reasonable and pretty comparable with other knitting boards out there. Only here you get the added benefit of supporting an Etsy seller. Each knitting board comes with 

  • Knitting Board
  • Instruction Pamphlet
  • Knitting tool

This Etsy seller also sells two different books. One is 

Knitting for the Knitting Board, Knitting Loom, Knitting Rake Book

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which contains a whole lot of instructions and detailed photographs. The other is a book of projects that you can do on your loom or rake or board whether or not you buy one of their Noble Knitters. 

I highly recommend you check out this shop. If (when) I get one of these looms I will surely post a  review for all of my loyal readers and then you’ll have even more of a reason to check them out!

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Idle Hands Are a Trichster’s Enemy

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It’s my personal experience that my hands being idle is a bad thing. So I’ve endeavoured to find a couple of things to keep my hands busy.

One of my new hobbies is my blog and the research I do for it. I have always been a major information gatherer and now I’m putting it to a use. I’ve often wished it was something I could do as a job actually, I’ve always been good at ferreting out information. Whenever my family or friends need something found, I generally find it for them.

My other major hobby right now is loom knitting. I would love to be able to knit with needles but I just can’t seem to get the movements down. So I pulled out my yarn and looms that I had put away a while ago and started looming headbands to cover my bald spots. I had some realizations while I was looming, here they are:

  • Looming keeps my hands busy which means they aren’t in my hair
  • I can loom and watch television at the same time which means that I am not pulling my hair while watching TV
  • Running the yarn through my fingers while looming, plucking the loops over the pegs… well it satisfies part of the compulsion I have to pull my hair. I’m pulling and plucking something that is smooth and hair like. 

I’m not a doctor. I’m not a psychiatrist, a nurse … I’m not a health professional so don’t DON’T take anything I say here as medical fact, these are merely my observations, my experiences and my suggestions. 

So my fellow trichsters … pick up a hobby. I of course am recommending looming because it satisfies something in me and I think it very well could satisfy something in other people. If you don’t want to make headbands, don’t worry there are patterns out there for just about everything. Blankets, sweaters, scarves, hats and purses. If you don’t want to make something for yourself? Make preemie hats. According to the research I’ve done many many hospitals are in need of warm, soft, tiny hats for the preemie babies in their NICU wards. 

How satisfying to knit up some hats for some tiny babies that need the extra protection for that part of their body that we so often abuse? I mean really that gives me a great deal of happiness to know that I am producing something to protect a tiny innocent little baby’s head. I’ll have to post up some pictures of the hats I’ve done so far. They honestly don’t take long and once you get going you could probably whip them out and get one done during an episode of Dr. Who or Grey’s Anatomy or whatever show you watch.