This is surprising, isn’t it? The idea that you can create a washcloth from a toilet paper roll, some sticks and some yarn. But if you knit flat pieces on a round loom (more on that here) you can sew them together to create just about anything really – a washcloth, an afghan, a rug. I made the cloth from four 4″ squares that were knit on a toilet paper roll stick loom made with 14 narrow craft sticks. The […]
This was a fun project because it combined three things I love: hangers, color-blocking, and coming up with new ways to use the toilet paper roll knitter! I really do love hangers. Do any of you remember the Hold Everything catalog? They used to have collections of different cool hangers that I found so exciting (never underestimate the benefits of being easily amused). I’ve sewed padded hanger covers in the past (green and navy tartan), covered old wire hangers with […]
These cosies were knit with Lion Brand Alpine Wool on an 8 stick toilet paper roll knitter. I closed the last round of loops by pulling the yarn tail through each. Paper mache reindeer antlers by Michaels. Happy winter! For additional spool knitting posts and projects, please click here.
I recently found a yoga mat strap in an Athleta catalog that was made from a single piece of webbing and two rectangular rings – that’s it. I’ve always loved the idea of a strap for carrying a rolled up picnic blanket or what have you. But until I studied that catalog strap, I wouldn’t have believed I could make one in such an elegantly simple way. That’s where the wonder comes in. You can spool knit a tube to […]
Aliana started ballet class today. She was a little nervous about it. But her teacher was impressed with her flexibility … and her form. The teacher did, however, tell Aliana that she needs to point her toes. And that though her outfit was very cute, she’ll need to wear the proper attire for her class level – pink tights, pink leotard, pink slippers, and no leg warmers. Aliana wasn’t happy about this. Let’s hope she can find another studio without […]
This is a great spool knitting project for spiffing up the poles in your life – lamp poles, table legs, etc. And this particular spool knitter uses narrower craft sticks that can take your knitting to new levels of tightness. They are so narrow, however, and I’ve placed them so close together that the duct tape surrounding them does not actually adhere to the toilet paper tube. So I put the rubber bands I used to allow me to position […]
I did a bit of toilet paper roll knitting with kids at Samantha’s school last spring and many of the girls that came out (boys came too) were quite taken with the wrist warmer I made using a bigger popsicle stick spool knitter made with an embroidery hoop. The next thing I knew one of them had taken a short tube knit with cotton yarn and stretched it to fit around her wrist. She just put her thumb through the […]
It wasn’t until I figured how to knit a hole into a spool-knit tube (see Spool Knit Wrist Warmer) that I realized that a spool knitter could be used to knit a flat panel. Why it took me so long I don’t know. Spool knitters are knitting looms after all – just because they are round doesn’t mean you have to create a tube with them. What I did to create the flat scarf above was to start knitting on […]