20.12.12

my first touque

I’ve never had much luck with knitting. I’ve tried it, and I’ve made a few scarves that are one width at one end and another width at the other end. I get distracted easily and get lost. It’s just never worked out, which is fine because I can leave the knitting to people who are adept at it and who can make beautiful knitwear. When I was making the pom pom wreath recently, I really loved working with the soft yarn, and it made me want to use yarn more often.

I find myself in craft supply stores all the time, and I recently came across a loom kit that I thought I would try with one of my half-off coupons. It took me a few hours to pick up knitting on it and to have the first hat or touque made by me. Very satisfying! For some reason my brain can work with a loom in a way that it can’t work with needles. I added little dot stickers on the pegs so I could remember when to knit and when to purl (the knitters among you might laugh at me but it worked). I’ve started making another hat, possibly to give as a gift, weaving a few rows every once in a while and setting it aside again. 


When I finished the first hat I noticed that I had woven a few of my long dark hairs into it, because my hair gets into everything (gross but true). So I’ve had Leonard Cohen’s “Winter Lady” running through my head for days:

She used to wear her hair like you
Except when she was sleeping
And then she’d weave it on a loom of smoke and gold and breathing



It’s not perfect but I really like this touque (I used this pattern as a guide). It’s slouchy and super warm and doesn’t fall off my head as some other slouchy hats do. I’d like to try making a woven throw blanket at some point.

I’ve also continued with my pom pom habit. I just love to make these guys. I made the ones below with cotton yarn, inspired by this Design Sponge garland tutorial (I love the one that Katy made).

27 comments:

  1. Yay! This is the greatest. Your hat looks wonderful.

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    1. So glad that you like it! I kept thinking that if you were the only one who did, that would be just fine by me.

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  2. Firstly, your toque looks adorable! Secondly, I always love a leonard cohen quote - he is a genius.

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  3. I have been on such a pom pom kick lately, too! I made my mom and myself both pom pom wreaths for Christmas.

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  4. So cute, I've always wondered about knitting on a loom like this. Sometimes I really want to knit but my hands hurt so bad I can't. I also have the problem of knitting hairs into everything I make.

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    1. Aw, that's too bad about your hands. I don't find the loom to be too bad on the hands. Less cramping than when making pom poms, I think.

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  5. this is bitchin and i love those poms. keep it up! perhaps you can put them up for sale after a few :)

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    1. Thanks! And I don't know about that... not sure if they're sale-worthy!

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  6. it's very cute! I am a crazed knitting obsessed woman now but in the beginning i used looms too. It's fun and quick and easy and you can knit in a circle without circular needles or double pointed needles!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I kind of don't want to learn how to knit because then it would just be one more thing to obsess over. There's only so much time in a day...

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  7. Great hat — congratulations! I get so excited whenever I see anyone take up knitting/crochet/weaving. It's such a rewarding skill to have, and there's just nothing like spending time with good wool. And marking your place in any way that works for you is a key part of knitting, nothing goofy about that!

    I am another knitting addict who's never tried one of those knitting looms, but it looks like great fun. I'll have to give it a go.

    By the way, to Jen, lots of people have hand or wrist pain when knitting and find it not to be the case if they try a different size or type of needle. Straight needles kill my wrists, for instance, but I can knit all day with circulars. (Which is good because I prefer knitting in the round anyway!) Some find large needles hard to work with but small ones fine, and vice versa. So you might just try switching things up and seeing what happens.

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    1. Thanks so much! And yeah, it seems that there are so many different things you can do with that particular loom kit, so I'm looking forward to trying a few of them.

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  8. The toque you made is so adorable, and I love your pom poms! I would love to learn how to knit!

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  9. It turned out so cute, I prefer crochet to knitting ;)

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    1. My mom is so good at crochet and she's tried to teach me but I could never get the hang of it either. I'm too impatient to learn sometimes!

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  10. this is awesome! wow, i have such a love/hate relationship with pompoms, just love them ,but cringe to make em, if you're ever in the market to wholesale some pompoms i will take them off your hands indeed (seriously)

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    1. Ha! I have a few of those pom pom makers that make it a little easier.

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  11. It turned out so great!

    x missdottidee.blogspot.com

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  12. I think it looks great! Well done!

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  13. This is great! I am definitely going to try it. Thanks!

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  14. oh, i'm so glad i'm not the only one who has issues with knitting! when i tell my knitting-savvy friends that i can't manage to even make a scarf without help they look at me like i'm nuts. ("but...it's so easy!" ugh!)

    i've been tempted to keep trying, so maybe this is just the way i need to do so! it's that or crocheting. (or, if i get really desperate, friendship-bracelet style weaving.) either way, your hat looks amazing!!

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  15. Anonymous5.1.13

    Hi Anabela, I live in Toronto and was just wondering where you bought your hat loom? This looks so fun and I'm always burning my money on toques so this seems the perfect project for me!

    I'm so happy I found your blog (and your totes too -- I've seen other bloggers with them and I had *no* idea you were based in Toronto! So proud!) since it gives me the inspiration to start crafting again. I haven't really tapped into Toronto's crafty resources yet, so you've really inspired me :)

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    1. Hi! Thanks for saying hello & for the kind words. I got the loom at Michael's! I'm not sure if Lion Brand products are available anywhere else in the city. The full retail price at Michael's is about $50, so make sure to watch for those 50% off coupons they post online from time to time. I love this thing! I've already made so many hats and one very poor first attempt at weaving (I'll get there...).

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  16. The loom technique is so interesting. I've never thought of that, but want to try it now, too!
    And the pompoms are lovely!

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