I’ve talked before about the importance of crafting with friends, and I can’t say it enough: group knitting (or spinning) is the best way to get inspired to work on a project and have fun while you work. So when Mom told me that she and a couple of lady friends were getting together to have some “intro to the rake loom” time (with wine and food, of course), I was thrilled. Unfortunately, our camera shy ladies were not so thrilled with the idea of having their faces floating around the internet, so we have no evidence of the event to present. Boo, ladies, boo.
The ladies were all working with rake looms, but a few tips that might help beginning knitters and crocheters emerged from the afternoon:
- Choose the right yarn. Your first project will not be your best, so experiment with something cheap and resilient. You may be pulling out a lot of stitches. Art yarns often have a non-standard ply, which makes it difficult to tell what you should be picking up or dropping.
- Choose the right tools. I’d stay away from narrow needles, small crochet hooks, and rake looms with very close pegs. These all produce smaller stitches, and it can be harder to tell what’s going on with your yarn when it’s packed tightly together.
- Learn from someone, a real, living and breathing person. Now, I’m being hypocritical here, since I learned to spin from YouTube, but that’s definitely the hard way. An experienced crafter can show you how to avoid common pitfalls, and offer encouragement when your scarf ends up wider on one end than the other. The internet isn’t known for being super supportive.
That’s all I can think of, other than this: go for it! Creating something, whether it be yarn or scarf or hat, is very rewarding.