In the Otherworlds, one of Jake’s monastery brothers made a knitting loom for me as a wedding present. I was looking up what the looms are like (and loom knitting had been recommended to me before) when I found one for a good price, thanks to the sale that was going on. The loom is adjustable, so it can be changed for any size of project I’d want to make on it, which is really cool.
The loom arrived two days before my and Jake’s wedding. After several YouTube videos, I got the basic e-wrap stitch learned, and I know how to purl on the loom as well. The part of loom knitting I struggled with at the beginning was the tension–I’m a tight knitter when I’m using traditional knitting needles, but loom knitting needs to be loose.
I cast on a blanket that I had the yarn for (which led to Jake’s dad making terrible “tying the knot” puns as I worked on the blanket) and so far I really like how it’s turning out. I’ve found that loom knitting really *can* be faster than needle knitting, as long as the tension is right. If I was working on this blanket (105 stitches a row, in worsted weight yarn) on traditional knitting needles, I would be getting a row or two done a day–with my loom, I’ve gotten 24 rows done in three days.