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The idea of passing down skills through the generations is something that I hold near and dear to my heart. I come from a long line of sewers and knitters in my family, so of course I agreed to take a class from TheAmazings.com when they offered. The Amazings is an online platform where you can take craft related classes with a mission of learning from Elders. Pretty neat, huh? I think so!

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I chose the Loom Knit Beanie course because I love knitting, but haven’t learned to knit in the round yet, so this class was the perfect opportunity for me to finally knit my own hat. The Amazings class differed from a similar class on Craftsy in a few big ways, which I found really neat. Firstly, this class was very low key and informal. It didn’t feel like I was taking a class at all! It felt more like I was at a local knitting night, listening in on a woman teaching someone to loom knit. The instruction was less direct, but no less effective, because clearly I have an awesome new hat to prove I learned something! Another big difference is in the American vs English yarn terminology. The instructor, Dot, had a lot of funny things to say about “strange things the Americans do” (I don’t think knitting bath towels is one of them hehe! Has anyone heard of that?) and apparently we use a lot of fat yarns.

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Well in my case, yes, I certainly used the fattest yarn I could get my hands on! But even our standard worsted weight yarn is on the fat side in the UK from what I can tell. With the help of this yarn conversion chart I figured out the two strands of 4 ply yarn, as shown in the video, is almost the same thickness as worsted weight, so I could have used that for the same effect. I wanted a really chunky and tight looking knit though, so I ended up using Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn (which is a super bulky weight acrylic), color: Grand Rapids Green.

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I have to say, loom knitting is sinfully easy and fast! I made up this whole beanie using the e-wrap stitch and it only took me a few episodes of Supernatural on Netflix before I was finishing up and making the pom for the top. It was awesome! I guess I am super American in the sense that I like fast projects and I like fat yarn. Sue me ;)

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(Recognize the dress?)

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All in all I really enjoyed taking a class on The Amazings, and would certainly try another one of their classes in the future. They have some really unique ones to offer that you won’t find anywhere else (at a really reasonable price!) and I’m still in love with the fact that I’m learning from someone’s grandma!

If my hair was longer, I’d take the Retro Hair Dos class right now!

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If you’ve thought about getting into knitting, but don’t have a lot of time or patience, then I highly suggest learning to knit on a loom. It’s very calming and repetitive, without all the frustration of regular knitting (for me at least!), so I think I’ll keep my loom close by in anxiety inducing situations. The plastic rainbow colored looms do feel a little childish, but hey, who am I to judge? I just spent my afternoon in the woods flopping over logs and giggling like a school girl. I looked pretty spiffy doing it in my new amazing hat, though!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

p.s. I do not have a pompom maker. When I was a kid, my mom taught me how to make them the old fashioned way with a bit of cardboard. See? I told you I’m all for learning from your elders!

xo
Rochelle

 

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  • sewcookgardenrepeat

    That last picture of you is just way too cute!!!! Rochelle, you’re so gosh darn pretty!

  • Tasha @ By Gum, By Golly

    Awww that came out so cute!! Sometimes churning out a fast project is sooo satisfying. You’re going to be super glad to have that in a couple of months, too. I’m really looking forward to taking a coupe of classes on The Amazings site– I LOVE their concept!

  • Hazel

    Your hat is awesome, I love it! I’ve always wanted to learn how to knit, I suppose I’ll have to check out The Amazings and eventually give it a go!

  • Kelly

    These classes sound so neat. I love the concept. Your hat turned out super cute, you chose a great color :)

  • Jessica Cangiano

    What a delightfully cute hat – I love that rich, elegant shade of green used for such a fun, causal hat. The juxtaposition is stellar!

    ♥ Jessica

  • geebeew

    SO cute! I bought a few of those round looms second hand last year for my class, but never ot around to teaching myself (of the students) how to use them! I’m totally inspired by your hat though – it’s a lovely colour, and looks great!

  • Mags

    I think I need to apologise for my countrywomen! I’ve no idea what she meant either. Still the hats fantastic and looks so cosy. Is this technique like the French knitting we did with cotton reels and nails as a child?

    • Betty M . Bird

      I bet it is that’s the way I learned too it was always fun to make cords never found anything to use them on but we made them anyhow.

  • Melissa Ormonde

    I love loom knitting! I made a few things for gifts last Christmas and it was a lot of fun and much more do-able for me than regular knitting (my projects always seem to mysteriously grow or shrink as I go). Your beanie turned out adorable!

  • the Garment Farmer

    I have a knitted scrubby thingy for washing dishes–a friend’s grandmother knit a bunch of them. It’s just made with a coarse yarn, and it really does work great for scrubbing dishes. Random. Your beanie is awesome; love the green.

  • Jannapy

    I must say I like the leather belt better than the tied one with your dress.

    Now you have me wanting to try knitting on a loom. My Grandmother would crochet the most colorful afghans, so I had more interest in that over knitting. Sadly, I only had one “lesson” from her before she passed away. Happily, my Mother-in-Law taught me to crochet when I inherited my Grandmothers needles. :o)

  • spinneretta

    Yes, yarns over here are MUCH fatter. It is quite a lesson in frustration trying to find a nice variety of yarns in the thinner thicknesses ;)
    And as for the towels… well… just searching online will lead you to discover that Americans DO knit very strange things ;) (Toilet covers, anyone?!) :p
    As for knitting in the round- can you cast on and do the knit stitch? Then you can knit in the round! :D
    Looms are fun and fast though!

    • Rochelle New

      Haha! Toilet seat covers?! There’s no way that’s a thing… that’s hilarious!! Can I knit a toilet seat cover in the round? Because that might be worth learning how to do :P bahaha

      • Betty M . Bird

        crocheted it so is I used to have one that was pineapples and another one that was an xmas pattern with matching solid cone freshener cover and tissue box cover

  • Pat

    I took the retro hair class. They have a good variety of classes.

  • Kat @ Petticoats & Peplums

    That is so cool! I love a fast project with thick yarn too. I might have to check out that retro hair do class.

  • Veronica lewis

    I love knitting, have done for years, taught by my Nan and my Mum and passed it on to my daughter, her first project was on a loom. Great way to get the kids started. Oh wow, what an awesome site. Thank you for sharing. I really would not know about 90% of the sites I do now if it was not for you passing all of this information on. THANK YOU!

  • Jennifer

    You had me at Supernatural on Netflix. When I am sewing, I always put on Supernatural. It is my muse. Also, cute beanie. I’m going to have to try a loom.

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A Blog By Rochelle New

I'm a fabric wizard and wielder of needles with a passion for quilt industry cottons, bygone eras, and natural things.

i.e. I mostly do nerd things like pretend I'm a wizard, collect moldy books, and spend too much time picking up acorns in the woods, all with my spirit animal (a dog named Lucille), my personal photographer (a man named William), and a few literal fat cats in tow.

Making magic and messes in the backwoods of New York.

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