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Lost in a sea of yarn and needles. Lusting after handmade socks and all things lacy


This and That

Vamanta asked what CIC is. CIC is Children in Common. A group that supports orphanages in Eastern Europe and Russia. It was started by people who adopted children from these countries and saw the condition of the orphanages there. All the items made are carried to Russia, so they don't end up on the black market. For more information check out
Children In Common Funding for the orphanages is a very low priority and the need is great. The children are turned out at age 16 and have limited education and no skills at living in the outside world. Many turn to crime, prostitution, drugs or suicide. The children are not integrated in the surrounding society. So there is no support in place when they are forced to leave. The caregivers work very hard with the little they are given.

The loom is just like the spool knitting things we had as kids. You wind the yarn around the pegs once. Then a second time. Then lift the bottom strand over the top one. The usual way produces a twisted knit stitch, but it is possible to work a normal knit stitch and even to purl. It is a fairly easy way to get people to try knitting. They do have big limitations. Your gauge is set by how big the pegs are and how far apart they are spaced. There are some looms with metal pins set sideways to give you a finer gauge. But they are much more fiddly to work with. And it truth, they can not replace a size 2.50mm needle. Never mind anything smaller. Cables, yes cables are why I took up knitting with needles again. As I struggled to create a cable pattern on the loom, I decided it would be easier to learn to cast on and knit them on needles. Did I mention although I could knit, I never cast on. My Mom always cast on for me
I had a lot of fun with the looms (round) and the rakes (straight) Before I ever heard of Barbara Walker I worked out how to turn flat patterns into circular ones. I gave away almost all my looms so now of course I have to buy one from my daughter to use. I always seem to get rid of the wrong stuff :-)
You can see some of this loomy stuff at my Tatting site Tatting


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Blogger jayne Says:

I've seen sets of looms like that at Michaels. I think they're called "Nifty Knitters." Have you seen those -- they come in sets of two or three sizes. I think it's a great way to get started.

Blogger Vamanta Says:

Thanks for the CIC info! I had no idea, sounds so horribly tragic, poor things.


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