Santa Gnome is Coming to Town …

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all TURTLE Loomers! We’re gearing up and looking forward to an exciting 2018, hope you’ll join us.

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There ain’t no white stuff on the grounds in Central Texas, but them green is good lookin, too!

More information about this adorable gnome, using Berroco Ultra Wool and Berroco Plush, can be found on Ravelry:

TURTLE Hexagon Pin Loom: Santa Gnome

Angels …

When I was thinking about weaving something nature, I thought of weaving a leafy garland, or using little wood twigs for snow man arms, or to weave something with straw (still thinking about that), or weaving something with angelically white feathers … (rabbit trail) … angelic … (rabbit trail) … angels … (rabbit trail) … can I make an angel? Yes! And it’s SO EASY! Continue reading Angels …

Baby’s First Thanksgiving

I get the notion of “Baby’s First Christmas”. However, the first Thanksgiving of each of our children has a very special place in my heart, as this was the first time for many of our relatives to meet our new additions. Continue reading Baby’s First Thanksgiving

Some Jelly Yarn is Spooky

I was collecting hexagon pins on Pinterest when one picture caught my attention: A crafter was holding up her quilt top, and the sun was shining through the fabric.

“Oh, wouldn’t a woven hexagon sun catcher be grand,” crossed my mind.

But common sense reminded me that yarns are typically not translucent. Weaving lace weight would be an option, but I really had my mind set on something like a stained glass effect. Continue reading Some Jelly Yarn is Spooky

Vickie Howell, WEBS Yarns, and How to Weave a Hexagons Blanket …

On October 5th, Vickie Howell will start a ground breaking adventure with a community-funded first season of her new Knitting Show. “A Knitting & Crochet Series for the D#igital Age”, as her website puts it.

What does this have to do with hexagon pin loom weaving? Continue reading Vickie Howell, WEBS Yarns, and How to Weave a Hexagons Blanket …

Variegated Yarn is Like a Box of Chocolates … (Swatching Part II)

Adopted from the all-time favorite movie Forrest Gump, the blog title shall be completed as “You never know what you’re gonna get”. And as exploring minds like our customer Cindy Adams (CRA on Ravelry) have already discovered, this is particularly true for weaving variegated yarns on pin looms of different sizes. Continue reading Variegated Yarn is Like a Box of Chocolates … (Swatching Part II)

Craving to Swatch (Part I)

Many of you enjoy crafts like knitting or crocheting as much as little loom weaving. But … how many of you have a big happy smile on your face when it comes to swatching for a sweater, or a shawl, or whatever project, to figure out the right needle size to hit the pattern gauge?

I do not support skipping swatching, I just don’t like doing it. I do feel rewarded every time I swatch, with the peace of mind that “it will work”, but I still find myself weaseling around that daunting task of knitting a 5”x5” at minimum to be sure I have the right tools.

However, ask me to swatch a new yarn on the hexagon pin loom, and I drop whatever I’m doing and go for it! Continue reading Craving to Swatch (Part I)

While You Are Waiting …

Pun intended.

First, we want to thank you for making the launch of our TinyTURTLE™ and TexaTURTLE™ looms such a memorable, humbling experience. All looms that were ordered on Saturday and Sunday are “in the mail” at this point!

So … for those of you who are waiting for the mail, we thought to offer a project idea for the original TURTLE Loom™ that can be done in the meantime. But also, a lot of people are waiting for the summer heat to go away. Others are waiting for beautiful outdoors fall colors to arrive. No matter the reason, here is a project that is worth considering while you are waiting …

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Continue reading While You Are Waiting …

The LOCKER HOOK Story

TURTLE Loom with Locker Hook

Years ago, when I first heard the term “locker hook” it took me some web surfing to find out what people are actually talking about. If you are in the same boat, know that you’re not alone AND … that we’re going to fix it with this post. We will also explain what a locker hook has to do with pin loom weaving, and provide some guidance for you to decide whether you need a locker hook or not. Continue reading The LOCKER HOOK Story

Story Telling Ornament “The First Snow”

It takes only three hexagons IMG_6986 (2) on the original TURTLE Loom™  to make an ornament that provides three “stages”. Combine that with a package of cute buttons IMG_6955 (2) , and you have a great story to tell to your toddler:

The First Snow of the Season

Sophia and Jackson have been waiting for what seems forever for the first snow. Finally, the day is today, and the snow is falling heavily, bright and white, with snowflakes dancing all around and everywhere!

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But it is cold, too, so they bundle up in their snowsuits, with mittens and hats and scarves, until only their noses peak out.

“What are we going to do first?” asks Jackson. “Let’s build a snowman!” suggests Sophia. “Woof! Woof!” agrees Charlie, and adds another “Woof! Woof!” to tell them that he wants to come, too. “Of course you can come!” says Jackson, and Charlie thanks him with a tail wag. “We should bring this green hat and scarf for the snowman, so that he doesn’t get cold,” says Sophia. “Snowmen like to be cold.” replies Jackson. “I know, of course,” Sophia confirms “but it will look cool, and I’ll get a carrot and make some black paper balls for the face and the buttons, too. Let’s go!”

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For hours, Sophia, Jackson, and Charlie have fun in the snow. The snowman turned out great and looks very happy with its outfit. But all of the sudden, Charlie has disappeared and cannot be found anywhere.  “Do you think he got lost in the deep snow?” asks Sophia concerned. “I don’t know …” replies Jackson thoughtfully. “Let’s look around, maybe we can see his tail sticking out from the snow.” “There he is!”, Sophia calls out as Charlie jumps out from behind the snowman. “He has taken the snowman’s scarf!” she proclaims. And sure enough, there’s a happy dog with a green scarf prancing through the snow.

“Charlie is right,” notes Jackson. “It’s getting cold. My hands are freezing.” “And my feet are getting cold,” confirms Sophia. “Let’s go inside.”

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When they open the door to the warm house, a sweet smell greets them from the kitchen. “Hot cocoa! How perfect!” exclaims Sophia. “I hope it comes with marshmallows,” adds Jackson. “And maybe a dog treat for me!” thinks Charlie.

And maybe some chocolate for the story teller …

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Be prepared to tell this story more than once!