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).