My newest toy is a knitting loom. My sister-in-law introduced me to it a couple of weeks ago and I just had to have one. Because of the numerous surgeries on my right wrist, knitting with needles is awkward and painful — crocheting and tatting don’t bother me, but knitting was just not comfortable. So I was delighted to find out that I could knit.
A knitting loom has pegs that you wrap the yarn around and then stitch by using a small pointed tool to lift the loops over each other. The looms come in various sizes and can be found in craft stores (like Michaels and Hobby Lobby) and of course, your neighborhood Wal-Mart.
I had seen them in the stores before, but assumed they were just for kids. A quick google search showed me how wrong I was. You can knit darn near anything on them!
I got a sock loom and jumped right in. The sock loom is adjustable so you can get the socks as large or small as you want. Almost. Richard’s size 13 feet would require 15 more pegs than the loom has at its largest.
The loom comes with instructions for the basic stitches, and how to turn the heel and stitch the toe, and finish the sock.
The loom produces a nice, even gauge. I did have a few dropped stitches when I did the heel and toe of the first sock, but all in all, I am pleased with my new socks.
And here is my first pair of socks!!
If you are interested in loom knitting, here is one of many sites that will give you a sampling of how it works.