• Zoom Loom! Where have you been, all my life?

    I am in love.  Unexpected, giddy love.  I was ordering stuff for the Baby Wolf from Webs, and as long as I was clicking away, the Zoom Loom somehow jumped into my shopping cart.  Yesterday I got it out and started to experiment with it.  The world fell away, and hours later I was still going strong.   John Mullarkey developed this little jewel for Schacht looms, and everyone in the world needs to have one of these.

    I started by raiding my bag of leftover sock yarn, and started with a single strand.

    This was the first warp I did on the Zoom Loom, using a single strand of varigated sock yarn.

    This was the very first warp I did on the Zoom Loom, using a single strand of varigated sock yarn.

     

     

     

    That seemed a little lacy and weak, so for the next one, I used 2 strands of sock yarn.  That worked pretty well, but making sure that I was grabbing both strands was tricky.

    This is doubled sock yarn - one solid dark green, and the other is varigated.  I did a double-crochet edging on the bottom one, using a single strand of the varigated yarn.

    This is doubled sock yarn – one solid dark green, and the other is varigated. I did a double-crochet edging on the bottom one, using a single strand of the varigated yarn.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    So, I moved to a different stash, and tried worsted wool. Bingo!

    Here is the cotton block, with 2 blocks woven with 100% wool.

    Here is the white cotton block, with 2 red blocks woven with 100% wool.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Then on to worsted weight cotton.  Whoopee!

    Here is a finished block of cotton!

    Here is the finished block of cotton!

     

     

     

     

     

    I see a bunch of coasters developing, don’t you?  I know there are a zillion opportunities for discovery, here, but I’m going to start with coasters.  It is so much fun!  I haven’t timed myself, but I’m guessing each one is taking about 30 min. to make. It could be faster, the time ZOOMS by.  Heh, heh.

    John Mullarkey, the next time I see you, prepare for a big hug.  I love this loom!

    Off-kilter is blocking, happily.  It doesn’t look anything like the pattern sample, since I really went off-kilter, but I like it.  I will wear it to work this week, and get back to knitting Strandwanderer.  When I’m not busy with my Zoom Loom!

    Here is Off-kilter, off the needles and blocking. The patterning is simple, just garter stitch and a basic mesh.  But the random short rows and changing of color create quite an interesting result (now that it is not crammed on the needles and I can see it!)

    Here is Off-kilter, off the needles and blocking. The patterning is simple, just garter stitch and a basic mesh. But the random short rows and changing of color create quite an interesting result (now that it is not crammed on the needles and I can see it!)