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  • The All-New Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set

    Our Innovative Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set  breaks the mold of a traditional knitting loom. At first glance, you might ask a simple question:

    Why Oval?

    Oval Loom Kit Large Oval Loom, Small Oval Loom & Stitching Tool

    Easy Handling

    If you've ever held a traditional straight loom, you know spacing in the center of the loom can be tight.  The all-new oval shape is easy to hold and use, since it is just deep enough to allow plenty of room in the center to work.

    Oval vs. Straight and Round Looms

    Traditional Loom Assortment of Round and Straight Looms

    When compared to the straight loom, the oval loom is easier to use due to the room in the center to work.

    When comparing an oval loom and a round loom with the same number of pegs, it's easier to hold the oval loom.

    Yarn

    The peg spacing is ½” making it a small gauge loom perfect for lighter weight yarns.   A single strand of #3 light weight yarn and #4 medium weight yarns can be used.

    Ultimate Oval Loom Kit

    Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set Ultimate Loom Knitting Set Packaging

    Inside the Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set  you'll find the following:

    • Small Loom ~ 11 3/4" x 5 1/2" with 54 Pegs
    • Large Loom ~ 15 1/2" x 9 3/8" with 70 Pegs
    • Stitching Tool
    • 48-page Beginner's Guide to Oval Loom Knitting with 7 Projects
    54 Peg Loom, 70 Peg Loom & Stitching Tool from Oval Loom 54 Peg Loom, 70 Peg Loom & Stitching Tool
    Beginner's Guide Oval Loom Knitting Beginner's Guide to Oval Loom Knitting

    Projects

    This is ideal loom for lighter weight projects including baby blankets, mitts, hats, scarves, cowls, bags, afghans, and more.   The 48-page Beginner's Guide has clear photos and friendly step-by-step instructions.  Here are the projects you can make with the guide included with the Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set: Basic Beanie, Striped Beanie, Fingerless Mitts, Family Tube Socks, Twisted Garter Hat, Twisted Garter Scarf, and Lace Cowl.

    Oval Loom Basic Beanie Basic Beanie
    Oval Loom Striped Beanie Striped Beanie
    Fingerless Mitts made with the Oval Loom Fingerless Mitts
    Family Tube Socks made with the Oval Loom Family Tube Socks
    Twisted Garter Hat made with the Oval Loom Twisted Garter Hat
    Oval Loom Scarf Twisted Garter Scarf
    Oval Loom Lace Cowl Lace Cowl

    Each of the seven projects in the Beginner's Guide to Oval Loom Knitting has easy, step-by-step photo directions.

    Who Can Use this Loom?

    Loom Knitting is popular for a reason.  A loom lessens the need for repetitive movements making it a great alternative for someone with arthritis, carpel tunnel, fibromyalgia, or any other condition that might result in hand or wrist pain.  Loom knitting is also a great choice for beginners, including kids!  This set is a great way to introduce kids to knitting; we recommend the Leisure Arts Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set  for ages 8 and up.

    The oval loom steps up the benefits to the next level with the oval shape allowing for even easier handling and manipulation.  The extra room in the center of the loom makes loom knitting an even easier task.

    Get Started

    Oval Loom Back Cover Leisure Arts

    Now is the time to learn the basics of loom knitting while creating fabulous fashions and other small-gauge projects! In the Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set , you’ll receive looms in two sizes (with 54 and 70 pegs), a stitching tool, and the Beginner's Guide to Oval Loom Knitting.  Just add yarn and you'll be loom knitting beautiful creations before you know it!

  • Fourth of July Bracelet

    I cannot believe that it is July and in just two days it will be Independence Day. This year is just flying by so quickly. Any who! I realized I do not own anything patriotic. So I wanted to make something that I could wear on my wrist. I used some of my beads that I got at the antique mall. I had some old red, white, and blue buttons that I thought would be prefect for this project. I didn’t use a book for this I just winged it. I think that it turned out well. Here are a couple of books that I love and inspire me by Leisure Arts Easy DIY Jewelry Book 2 and DIY Jewelry Pendants. I bought some 19 gauge wire this morning at my local hardware store that has been around since before I was born. I just love going to hardware stores. I went to get a key made and came out with a new key and a couple different gauge wires. The one thing about using regular wire is that after you use it or wear it, it oxidizes and starts to lose its shine.

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    The tools that I used are needle nose pliers, and wire cutters. The supplies were 6 buttons two red, two white, and two blue. I used toggle, clasp, and a few jump rings. I cute a good 5-7 inch length for both sides of the button to wrap and make an eye to join the next button or eye for the jump ring. I know that I usually use head pins but I thought I would see what the wire would look like. I like the wire. Make sure that you feel around on the end of the wire so that it doesn’t have a sharp end, or a tiny bit of an end that can get snagged on say your shorts and cannot move your arm and have to ask a stranger at the grocery store if she could unsnag you. Yes!! Yes!! This actually happened a couple weeks ago.

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  • Bead Bracelet

    I got some new books from Leisure Arts. The book that I was most inspired by is the Easy DIY Jewelry Book 2. You know how much I like buttons. Well getting to play with beads to me is equally fun. I wish I had some silver peace signs like in the book's project, Peace Sign Bracelet.  It was the one that I really liked. I have wrapped beads, made earrings and wine charms as gifts but I rarely make things for myself. This is my first bracelet and I chose real pretty green glass beads, and a couple of green gemstones with silver beads on both sides. I usually give the things that I make away as birthday, Christmas, and just-because-it-made-me-think-of-you gifts. This bracelet would make a great gift for a friend or family member for any occasion.

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    I wrapped my beads on an eye pin, but before you wrap, put on another eye pin to make a chain for your next set of beads to wrap. Continue until you have the desired length you want. I used my wrist and a friend’s wrist to measure so that it’s not too small or tight. I used two pairs of needle nose pliers, a very small set that I found at Hobby Lobby several years ago, and another pair that I got at my local hardware store along with my wire cutters. The only thing that I did not have in my bead box were clasps. I will have to pick up some tomorrow at my craft store. I will then use two jump rings which I call o – rings. Have fun playing with your beads. I know that I will be after I restock a few things.

  • Button Barrettes

    Buttons! Buttons! Who’s got the buttons? I have the buttons. Remember when you were a kid and played this game on a rainy day at school. About a month ago I bought a jar of old buttons at an antique mall. One could say I have had button fever ever since. I have been looking at many projects that I could use my buttons on. I went to my current favorite book by Leisure Arts called Crafting with Buttons and Ribbons. I went and got some clip barrettes and sewed some different buttons to make Button Barrettes. I know that the book shows ribbon and a buttons. But I am not a fan of hair bows. After knotting the thread to secure that they do not come undone I dabbed a little super glue. It’s a very cute and unique style.

    Buttons! Buttons! Who's got the buttons? Buttons! Buttons! Who's got the buttons?

     

  • Summer Headbands

    FullSizeRender (18) Roxanne's Headband

    I created this pattern a couple of years ago right after I learned how to crochet. I can’t stand to have my hair in my eyes especially during the summer. This pattern is quick and easy. It should only take about 30 minutes. I also like to use Lily’s Sugar’n Cream yarn because it is 100% cotton. Cotton breathes a lot better than acrylic yarns, especially during this time of year - you want some ventilation. I used a size H crochet hook.  You can crochet headbands in all sorts of colors to wear with everything!

    First you chain 28.

    Then for your first row go into the 25th chain with 3 double crochets, and single chain in between the 2nd and 3rd double crochet.

    Then for the rest of the headband you will chain 3 at the start of every row and 3 double crochets with a single chain after the 2nd and 3rd double crochet.

    When you reach the length that you want, or use your head to measure the circumference of your headband, then you are ready to decrease.  I chain 3, and then decrease over the next 3 and then chain 25 and bind off. Tuck your ends in. Never just cut the end of your yarn; if it comes loose, your whole project could unravel. Here is a really cute epattern Too-Cute Kerchiefs Crochet  from Leisure Arts and yes it is really too cute. I was thinking about how to make one this afternoon - I'm totally going to try this!

    Too cute
  • My 5 Favorite Green Crocheted Fashion Projects!

    I just realized this: One sure way for a pattern to get my attention (besides just being a generally great design) is to see a photo of it in a pattern book created in my favorite color—green! I’ve discovered that I sometimes pick projects I’d like to work on based on the color of the photo model…Is that a little weird?
    Check out my top 5 favorite green fashion projects to crochet:
    Gaelic Charm Hooded Scarf
    from Barbara Shaffer's Hooded Scarves to CrocheteBook, too!
    Diamond Twist Cowl
    from Lisa Gentry's Crochet Cowls pattern book! eBook, too!

    Mitts
    from Drew Emborsky's Use Up That Yarn! eBook, too!
    Embedded Shells for Women
    from Darla Sims' Learn to Crochet Socks for the Family!
    The Triangles Poncho
    from Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby's Crochet Ponchos! eBook, too!
    What’s your favorite color and creative passion? I could go pattern shopping for you too!
  • Win It Wednesday: Fall & Winter Crochet Fashion!

    Update!
    Drum Roll, Please!!!
    Our Winner is ShaRhanda Lawson!
    It’s Win It Wednesday, and I’m so looking forward to sweater weather, so I’m doubly excited about sharing the new publications for this week’s giveaway! I’ve got two more new crochet fashion pattern books to give away— Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s Crochet Ponchos and Cool Weather Fashions! Just think—you could win them in my Crochet Fashion Giveaway! Take a peek at the fab patterns in these two book:
    Crochet Ponchos
    Easy to crochet and easy to wear! These stylish poncho patterns by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby will update your wardrobe with comfortable good looks. The six designs for medium weight yarn range from elbow length to below the hip: Circle Poncho, In The Round Poncho, Rectangle Poncho, Triangles Poncho, Accent Panel Poncho, and Border Poncho. Pair them with jeans, slacks, or skirts to enjoy warm and original fashion every day!
    Circle Poncho
    In The Round Poncho
    Rectangle Poncho
    Triangles Poncho
    Accent Panel Poncho
    Border Poncho
    Cool Weather Fashions
    Exciting cool-weather fashions that are easy to crochet and fun to wear? Yes! From the comfortable Boyfriend Hoodie to the elegant Front Wrap Cardi, these five patterns from Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby also offer a wide range of sizes. The Perfect Cardi and the Vintage Opera Jacket are refreshing new updates on classic designs. Need something special for days at the office? The Uptown Jacket does an excellent job of making you look good! You’ll enjoy crocheting each warm garment while adding more style to your wardrobe.
    Boyfriend Hoodie
    Front Wrap Cardi
    Perfect Cardi
    Vintage Opera Jacket
    Uptown Jacket
    Meet The Designer: Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby!
    Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby of Shibaguyz Designz is a professional crochet and knitwear designer whose award-winning designs have appeared in publications worldwide. He also is accomplished in art, master gardening, and the culinary arts.
    Just leave a comment at the end of this post before next Wednesday, September 5, and you might win the giveaway of my copies of Crochet Ponchos and Cool Weather Fashions! (Please remember to give me your EMAIL address in the comment or in your profile, so I can contact you if you are the winner.) Just imagine how much you’ll enjoy wearing these designs once cool weather finally gets here! If you can’t wait to win, order your copies of Crochet Ponchos and Cool Weather Fashions now! Both books are also available as downloads— Crochet Ponchos eBook and Cool Weather Fashions eBook!
    You might also want to take a peek at all of Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s crochet pattern books from Leisure Arts! Cool designs for everyone!
  • Win It Wednesday! Hooded Scarves to Crochet Giveaway!

     

    {Update! Drum Roll, Please!!! Our Winner is shadow mountain jacobs farm!}

    Win! There’s that magic word again—Win! I’ve got another great new pattern book to give away this week—Barbara Shaffer’s Hooded Scarves to Crochet! You could win it in my Hooded Scarves to Crochet Giveaway! It's easy to win.
     
    Hooded Scarves to Crochet
    Let the new-again look of a hooded scarf add style to your winter wardrobe! These easy crochet designs by Barbara Shaffer range from everyday casual to refreshingly feminine. Explore the fun of crocheting all five scarves. You'll want to share them as gifts for birthdays, secret pal surprises, and Christmas presents. Their textures are delightful, their warmth so welcome! Each made using medium weight yarn, the designs include Aruba Sea, Dramatic Stripes, Warm and Woodsy, Blue Shells, and Gaelic Charm.

     

    Aruba Sea
    Dramatic Stripes
    Warm and Woodsy
    Blue Shells
    Gaelic Charm
    Meet the Designer: Barbara Shaffer!
    Barbara Shaffer enjoys organic gardening and cooking, but her favorite pastime is crochet! The California designer inherited her fondness for wielding a crochet hook from her great-grandmother. Besides dreaming up sweet baby blankets to crochet, Barbara also creates gorgeous full-size afghans and fashion accessories such as hooded scarves.
    Just leave a comment at the end of this post before next Wednesday, August 22, and you might just win the giveaway of my copy of Hooded Scarves to Crochet! Just imagine how wonderful these hooded scarf designs will feel this winter and what great gifts they’ll make, and if you can’t wait to win…Order your copy of Hooded Scarves to Crochet now!
    You also want to take a peek at all of Barbara Shaffer’s pattern books from Leisure Arts! I reviewed Reversible Baby Afghans on the blog last Monday if you want another look!
  • Textured Knits, Pattern Stitches, & More

    Knitters! Have I got a new knit pattern book for you, Easy Textured Knits by Margret Willson! It’s the ultimate stitch reference guide to textured knitting with over 70 pattern stitches for you to learn plus 29 projects! There’s really something for everybody!

    Easy Textured Knits
    Textured knitting requires only the simplest of skills and only a little more attention than plain knitting. The purpose of Easy Textured Knits is to share a collection of the countless fabrics that can be created with only knit and purl, and to give you the inspiration and confidence to enjoy using them. If you can cast on and bind off, knit and purl, you can make the majority of the projects. Add a basic increase and decrease, and you can make them all! Designer Margret Willson makes it fun and easy to discover textured knitting with 72 pattern stitches complete with photos, row-by-row instructions, and charts. Organized from easy to intermediate, 29 projects include dishcloths, pillows, a sampler throw, and a variety of afghans and family fashions.
    Check out just a few of the 29 designs in Easy Textured Knits:
    Cropped Cardigan
    One-piece construction enables the use of larger pattern stitches!

    Ladies V-Neck Cardigan
    Dishcloths
    Nubby, reversible pattern stitches make great dishcloths!

    Empire Coat
    The Basket Weave Rib Stitch creates a fresh coat in 8 different sizes!

    Garter Diamond Throw
    These diamonds will be anybody's best friend!

    Wavy Rib Sweater
    Boy's Crewneck Pullover
    Peplum Pullover
    His ZigZag Pullover
    Her ZigZag Tunic
    Girl's Diamond Tunic
    Man’s Basket Weave Pullover
    Pillows
    Add texture to a living room or bedroom with lots of knit throw pillows!

    Sampler Throw
    What a warn, lovely way to learn a variety of pattern stitches!

    Sugar Cube Shell
    Tumbling Blocks Baby Blanket
    V-Neck Vest
    Meet The Designer: Margret Willson!
    When knit and crochet designer Margret Willson is in design mode, she finds everything around her inspiring, from nature and architecture to world textiles. She often works from these inspirations, attempting to recreate something she's seen. In the end, it comes down to swatching—trying different stitches, making up new ones, ripping out and trying more until the yarn whispers, "Yes, that's what I want to be." 
    Margret Willson's Easy Textured Knits is another one of those books that makes me want to learn to knit. I’m loving all the different textures in Margret’s textured knitting designs! 
    While you're online, be sure to check out Margret’s other Leisure Arts publication, Simple Scarves Made with the Knook!
  • Tunisian Crochet

    {Note: Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Tunisian Crochet went up on the Leisure Arts site for sale a couple of days ago and promptly sold out! So while we’re waiting on more copies to hit the warehouse, consider this post a sneak peek at this wonderful new book!}


    I’m intrigued again! This time I’m contemplating Tunisian crochet, and I can’t wait any longer to show off this long awaited how-to book—the Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Tunisian Crochet by Kim Guzman!
    Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Tunisian Crochet
    If you like the ease of working with a crochet hook, but admire the look and feel of knitted fabric, you'll love learning Tunisian crochet. Award-winning teacher Kim Guzman walks you through the basics and takes you through each step with clear photos and friendly instructions. Nine fresh projects for you to explore will help you develop the skills you need. Designed for a variety of yarns, the nine unique projects include:
    Seed Stitch Ruana
    Drop Stitch Cowl
    Diagonal Hearts Crib Cover
    Felted Duffel

    Cabled Mitts
    Hoodie Vest
    Mitered Vest 
    Stockinette Scarf and Hat

    Meet The Designer: Kim Guzman!
    Kim Guzman is an award-winning designer of knit and crochet projects, including Tunisian crochet. She has authored several pattern books, and her designs have appeared in yarn craft magazines. “My goal is to produce crocheted items which more closely resemble knitted garments,” Kim says. “Even my ribbed garments are designed to specifically avoid bulkiness.” You can see more of Kim’s creations at KimaneDesigns.net and CrochetKim.com. She maintains a blog called WIPs ’N Chains at KimGuzman.wordpress.com and is an active member of Ravelry.com.
    You can get your copy of the Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Tunisian Crochet just as soon as we get the new shipment in—which should be any day now! Then, you, too, can be intrigued by this easy technique and these pretty, pretty designs!!!

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