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Well it is officially winter. This past week has had daytime temps no greater than 17 degrees fahrenheit and nighttime temps in the negatives. Because we own four horses we do not have the option to stay nice and toasty inside. We spend a great deal of time outside, 7 days a week. There is never a day, even if we are sick, that we can say – sorry… The horses don’t really understand “sorry”. I actually don’t wear scarves to the barn – I put them on after we are done with the chores. It wouldn’t exactly be safe to have something hanging around our necks.
I have been crocheting for years – nothing too fancy but have been crocheting since I was four years old. I spent many quality hours with my mother while I was learning to crochet and then as I got older, many quality hours with me teaching my grandmother how to crochet. I have tried teaching my kids over the years but sadly none of the five have ever really wanted to learn. I’m afraid in the day and age of iphones and ipads – good old hands on activities take a backseat.
But I still love the hands on activities – and I appreciate it even more as I get older. The rare moments of time I have to myself allow me to really appreciate just having the ability to create something.
So now I don’t even need to learn how to officially knit – we can learn on a loom. Looms have been around for generations but now you don’t have to make one yourself – you can buy relatively inexpensive plastic looms. One set I use is this Loom Kit.
Both scarves pictured above were made on the same style loom – both on rectangular looms. One a little larger than the other. The black and white scarf was made with Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick Yarn – Tiger. This is a heavier yarn and makes for a really nice and warm scarf. The black and gray scarf is made with some yarn I had on hand – it is also wool but a more soft, less thick wool.
How do you make a scarf? This is the method I started with – a nice and easy scarf on a rectangular loom.
Once I finished each scarf, I added tassels on each end. You don’t need to add tassels but we like them. Tassels are really easy – you cut equally sized sections of yarn, fold them and half, push the looped end through equally spaced sections at the end of the scarf, then pull the un-looped strands through the loop forming a knot and pull tight. For ours, I used three strands of yarn for each tassel – since they end up in half, each tassel has six strands of yarn.
Stay tuned to The Stuff of Success for future loom projects.