Monday, November 24, 2014

So Much Looming News

I have a bunch of very exciting loom knitting news to share with you. The first is "The Great Loom Knitting Afghan Project". This is a wonderful collaboration of 8 designers for the benefit of Doctors without Borders. We are all contributing afghan square designs to an e-book. The e-book will be available for pre-orders in a few weeks, and published January, 2015. All proceeds will be donated to Doctors without Borders. Books that are pre-ordered and purchased in January will be entered in a prize drawing for a loom and loom pattern books, and some other surprises. The book will only be available during 2015. Every month of 2015, the Loom-a-long group in Ravelry will have a loom-a-long for one square. I'm the lucky editor of the book, and I must say that the patterns are AMAZING. Watch for more announcements as we get closer to publication.

The Ravelry Loom-a-long group has been working on making mitts and mittens from my Kitten's Lost Mittens e-book. The loom-a-long ends in November, but December is our "unfinished objects" loom-a-long, so please bring anything you are working on and visit with the group. 

We've started a group for loom knitting pattern designers over on Ravelry.  If you are designing and entering your patterns in the Ravelry pattern database, we would love to have you join our conversations. 
Starting this Friday, November 28, 2014 through Monday, December 1, 2014, I have a 20 percent off sale for all of my patterns and books. Enter the code LOOMLOVE at check out for the discount.

 Marly Bird will also have a huge listing of yarny specials over the holiday week and weekend for you to check out. 
This little page of gift tags might be fun for your holiday gifts. Please feel free to print it out and enjoy the tags. 
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Friday, October 3, 2014

Perfect Pegs, Perfect Gauge, Perfect Loom


It’s no secret, I adore CinDwood looms. I’ve been designing patterns using Cindy’s ½ inch gauge looms for five years, and they are my favorites. But, before I fell in love with the ½ inch CinDwood, I designed on the Purple Knifty Knitter Hat loom. Why? It wasn’t the usual ¾ inch gauge loom. It was a 5/8 inch, and that small change in gauge made all the difference. When Provo discontinued the loom, I, along with many other loom knitters, were very sad.
     When CinDwood began making their hat looms in 5/8 inch gauge by special order, I ordered a set immediately. The wonderful design and pegs of a CinDwood loom and my beloved 5/8 inch gauge. What more could a loom knitter want?
     Well, I can answer that question. The perfect loom. A CinDwood 48 inch Universal S Loom – in a 5/8 inch gauge. Loom knitter heaven.
     Why? Well, let me count the ways.
1. Pegs. 254 of them if you are working on a single rake (single sided) project, and 82 pairs for a double rake (double sided) project.
2. Adjustability. The “slider peg” lets you adjust the size of the loom to any size you would like, so you have every size loom possible. You may even work on several projects at the same time on one loom.
3. Color. This amazing loom comes with the pegs in two colors, marking which pegs pairs are used when loom knitting a double rake item. Easy and clever!
4. Gauge. I adore the 5/8 inch gauge, but for this loom it is particularly nice. If you have any trouble with your hands and find working in the S shape a little tricky, the 5/8 inch gauge provides just a little more room, and makes working a large single rake item much easier than smaller gauges.
5. Pegs. CinDwood’s wonderful peg, with their smooth surface and wonderful tops let your yarn slide smoothly over the pegs without the loops falling off the top.
6. Yarn, yarn, yarn. On a 5/8 inch gauge you may use anything from a super bulky weight to a fingering weight yarn. The possibilities are endless. (I’ve even worked with lace weight.)
7. Size. The loom is compact and lightweight. The length is about 18 inches, and the width about 10 inches. It fits easily in your lap. If you have been trying out the Edmunds Stitch Master Stand, it also fits nicely on the stand.
8. Sturdy. The base and pegs on this loom are sturdy and will not bow or bend when you load it up with a heavy afghan. It is not going to break or pull out of shape with a heavy fabric on it.
     There you have it. When we loom knitters talk about our perfect loom, we want adjustability, lots of pegs, sturdiness, a small size and a gauge that works with many yarns. I think the 48 inch 5/8 gauge Universal S loom fits that description. 
Little Scarves: Baktus and Karius for the Loom
A collection of eight patterns  $12.00 US e-book  
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It's Time for a Drawing!

Thanks to everyone for joining in the September fun. Here are the prize winners:
Yarnaholic's tote: bobbalu

Two skeins of Ice Alpaca yarn: Kjean

Three skeins of elann superwash wool yarn: cece72

One skein of Universal Deluxe Wool yarn: Chris Baudery

One skein of Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer yarn: RoundandRoundIGo

One skein of Knit Picks Chroma Fingering: Keetara

One skein of Knit Picks Stroll Handpaints yarn: KLggrammie

Travel themed tote bag: wirefox

Three Invisible Loom $5.00 gift certificate winners were: 
dadadeedee
Sophiezours
Linda Rapp
Congratulations to all the winners! Watch for an email from me to get your addresses.

Our good friends at CinDwood Looms need your votes to help them get a grant to expand the business. You can vote here.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Little Scarves: Baktus and Karius for the Loom

I am happy to share with you my new e-book pattern collection, "Little Scarves: Baktus and Karius for the Loom". Be sure to read to the bottom of the post about some special promotions and drawings.

The simple triangle scarves known as Baktus and Karius are based on the premise that the size of the scarf is determined by the amount of yarn that you have. This e-book contains eight patterns, each written for three loom gauges: 5/8 inch, 1/2 inch and 3/8 inch. Sizing and yarn are also included for all yarn weights, as well as instructions for variable sizing. Your Baktus and Karius are limited only to your imagination. Below are some preview photos of the patterns.

Simple Baktus for the Loom

Lace Karius

Rippled Baktus

Rippled Baktus

Framed Karius

Striped Baktus

Picot Edged Baktus

Simple Karius with a Beaded Edge

Striped Karius

Lace Karius

The Little Scarves e-book comes with two pdf files. One is a 66 page large print 24 point font text, with a cover and photo gallery. The other is a 32 page paper-saver version in 12 point font. Both files work with screen readers and the pdf read out loud function. Both files are tablet friendly. You may read and print your patterns just the way you prefer them.

To celebrate the publication of this new e-book, all purchases of the e-book made through September 30, 2014 will include a $2.00 off coupon, good toward any pattern purchase of $6.00 and up from Invisible Loom during the month of September. 

All purchases of $6.00 and up through September 30, 2014 will also be entered in prize drawings . 
The drawing prizes are:
A yarnaholic tote
1 skein of Knit Picks Glimmer yarn in Carnation
1 skein of Universal Deluxe Worsted in Shamrock
3 skeins of elann.com A-series W02 wool
1 skein of Knit Picks Stroll Handpaint in Make Believe
2 skeins of Ice Yarns Pure Alpaca
1 skein of Knit Picks Chroma Fingering in Misty Morn
The drawings will be held on October 1, 2014

But wait, there's more - 
Everyone who has purchased or purchases the Geranium Petal Shawl pattern will receive $2.00 off the Little Scarves e-book. 

Little Scarves: Baktus and Karius for the Loom e-book $12.00 US plus a coupon for $2.00 off any Invisible Loom purchase of $6.00 and up through September, 2014.  




Geranium Petal Shawl - two versions: $4.00 plus a coupon for $2.00 off Little Scarves e-book.  


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Coming Soon


Previews coming...

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Almost September Looming

September will be an exciting month for me. The Geranium Petal Shawl will be the Ravelry Loom-a-long group project. In anticipation of the loom-a-long, I've updated the pattern and added a second version of the Geranium - a full sized shawl. 

I'm also nearly finished with a new e-book pattern collection. The book is called "Little Scarves: Baktus and Karius for the Loom". It will contain 8 patterns based on the triangle scarves known as Baktus and Karius.
 To celebrate the loom-a-long and the new e-book, I'll be having a drawings. The prizes will include lots of yarn and a very cute knitting tote. All September purchases $8.00 and up will be entered in the drawings.
 In addition, all purchasers (past and future) of the Geranium Petal Shawl pattern will receive a coupon for $2.00 off the Little Scarves collection, and all purchasers of the Little Scarves collection will receive a coupon for 20% off the Kitten's Lost Mittens pattern collection.
I hope you will join in the loom-a-long, and watch for the previews of the Little Scarves patterns next week.
The Loom Knitter's Stitch Dictionary
$24.00 US ebook, including the Stitch Sampler Pattern Collection 
The Geranium Petal Shawl: Two Sizes
$4.00 US  


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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July Looming

 I wanted to share some recent projects with you. The first photo is my loomed version of the "B-4" felted bag. This was such fun to make, and was my main project for the Looms in Bloom Challenge in the Ravelry Loom Knitters group. The four "b"s are baubles, bumps, buttons and beads. The bag was made on a 90 peg CinDwood loom in 1/2 inch gauge.
 The second photo is a summer weight Mostly Harmless Scarf. I made this from crochet cotton in a light fingering weight on a 3/8 inch gauge loom. There are pink glass beads added at each point and along the long cast off edge.
Another Looms in Bloom project, in the third photo, a pair of Little Kitten Mitts with the addition of a small ruffle on the wrist. These were made from a cotton-alpaca blend yarn.
This fourth photo shows a prototype for a lace jacket panel pattern I'm working on. This first one is a small, rough version done in kitchen cotton. The pattern will adjust to fit different sized jacket panels. 

There are some great Loom-a-longs happening this month. Continuing from June, the Silky Shawl Theme loom-a-long. Come and see all the beautiful shawls, even if you aren't going to join the loom-a-long. The yarn, patterns and colors are all beautiful. This is a choose you own pattern loom-a-long. I'm working on a Rosebud Lace shawl in a pink alpaca silk yarn. 
The July loom-a-long is a lovely Waffle Stitch baby afghan. The pattern is not difficult, and everyone is enjoying making a little afghan. I hope you'll be able to join a loom-a-long.

Kitten's Lost Mittens e-book: three mitt and mitten patterns
$8.00 US   


The Loom Knitter's Stitch Dictionary: over 100 single rake stitch patterns just for loom knitters, and including the Stitch Sampler Pattern Collection
digital e-book $24.00 US

Copyright 2014 by Renee Van Hoy, Invisible Loom, All rights to content, text, pattern and images reserved. Do not distribute or copy in any form.