Thursday, August 5, 2010
AKB Sock Loom -Review
I finally received my Authentic Knitting Board Sock Loom today. I was waiting for them to arrive at the local Hobby Lobby and sure enough they came just in time to use a 40% off coupon. Yeah!! So instead of 24.95 - it was 14.97. It came with an Instructional DVD, Allen Wrench, Knit Pick and of course the loom.
I am getting ready to start a new sock class for looms and I always like to show the latest tools so that the students have an opportunity to see and practice what's available. This also means I'm amassing quite a nice loom collection to go with my regular knitting needles. What's one more gadget anyway?
I find that the loom has one major improvement, the metal pegs now have a round/flattened head and a grove along the body. This makes picking up the stitches far easier than their older looms of which I was not a fan.
The spacing of the pegs is 3/8 inch. They say that the loom can use any sock weight yarn. I think that if you want a dense sock, you might try using two strands of yarn if you use a very light weight sock yarn. It seems that a #3 yarn would work perfectly. It looks like that is the weight of yarn being used on DVD. I will try a couple test swatches in the next few days. If I had to pick a yarn this second, I would try the Yarn Bee Snowflake yarn (can be found at Hobby Lobby and I love it for socks.)
The loom is made of wood and is not overly heavy. I must say that Da Loom has spoiled me with their new high impact plastic looms. I really wish these other companies would find a way to go to that type of material.
It is adjustable and has a slide similar to the Da Loom and KISS rectangular sock looms. This loom can be adjusted to knit socks for babies to adult men. The slide and the end piece have 5 pegs each and the two long sides have 25 pegs/each. Total pegs = 60.
The Instruction DVD: I must say that as an instructor I spend a lot time watching instructional DVD's and online tutorials. All of the folks that take the time to make these videos and put them out there for the rest of us should be highly commended. They are a great resource for students and instructors alike. Now, all that being said, the DVD that comes with the sock loom should get a knitting equivalent of an Oscar. The video is sharp and clear, the close-ups of the stitches are very easy to follow and the narrator has a clear and easy speaking manner. This is by far the best instructional video that I've seen to date. It's worth buying the loom just to get your own copy of the DVD. Honestly!!! It's going in my knitting arsenal as one of my top 5 process tools. If you decide to use another loom, I think that's fine. I'll never give up my Da Looms, but because this loom has a larger peg spacing it makes it far easier to understand how the process works on a rectangular loom. From cuff to toe - there is a nice section for each phase of making the sock.
I'll try to remember to put some pictures of the test swatches on the blog when I get them done.
Hope this helped.
Peace and joy to you all...
The Green Girl