Want to try loom knitting? We review the Leisure Arts Oval Loom.
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We know that it can be hard to believe in a product that you can’t touch or try in your local store. Leisure Arts sent us a sample of their new Oval Loom to test and see how we felt about it. Katelyn took on the task of testing the loom and letting us know what she thought. We hope that this gives you confidence in making your next purchase.
Message from Katelyn:
Thanks for joining us this week for the Leisure Arts Oval Loom review. I want to start off by saying that I have never attempted a loom knit project before this review, total newbie going into this. There was a learning curve as my hands learned how to work the stitches but by the end I was moving along at a steady pace.
Just like with any new skill give yourself some time to learn what works best for you when it comes to getting into a rhyme of working the stitches. Leisure Arts states that a loom lessens the need for repetitive movements making it a great alternative for someone with arthritis, carpel tunnel, fibromyalgia, or any other condition that might result in hand or wrist pain.
First Impressions of the Oval Loom:
When I got the package in the mail and opened it up I was in LOVE with the color of the loom. No, not everyone loves teal but it is SO my color. I have a watch, water bottle, bracelet and more that are all the same color. They had me ready to work by the color alone! NOTE: the loom only comes in one color.
Inside the package you will find the two oval looms (54 and 70 pegs), the loom tool and an instruction/pattern book. Leisure Arts made sure that we could all easily figure out how to work the stitches by giving us videos tutorials on their website for how to complete the stitches. This was super helpful as a beginner.
Pros of the Oval Loom:
Taking the loom out of the package it felt sturdy and like something that wasn’t going to fall apart as I worked with it. I appreciated the fact that the pegs were stationary. There are looms out on the market that are tempting because you can change the configuration of them and have multiple looms. I worry that the pegs will fall out and I will loose my work.
The fact that Leisure Arts included a pattern book and video tutorials is great. It set me up for success before I even started.
Compared to a straight loom there is much more room in the middle for your project as it grows. You don’t have to worry about manipulating the project as you work the pattern.
Cons of the Oval Loom:
Although I stated that I liked the fact that the pegs can’t be removed I didn’t like that there wasn’t a starting peg. All of the pegs in the loom at the same color. This required me to use a stitch marker to mark my first stich so I knew when I was back to the beginning.
Because the pegs are stationary you can only have one configuration of the loom. You can work in the round on either loom or straight for a section of the loom.
The loom is not great for a lot of travel. Since there is nothing to hold the loops on the pegs if you are doing a lot of traveling where you project is in and out of your bag it will be more difficult. Leisure Arts has suggested putting a rubber band or large hair elastic around the loom for traveling. I am not sure if that will work as I only made one trip with my project.
Loom Knitting Testimonial from Good Knit Kisses:
Personally I don’t have any health issues that prevent me from knitting with regular needles. When it comes down to it I am much faster with regular needles and won’t be giving them up any time soon. I was able to chat with Kristen from Good Knit Kisses, a loom knitting expert, and she shared a few stories of people she knows that have switched to the loom.
Kristen has shared with me that she has heard stories from many people who have been able to get back in to the craft by using loom knitting. People with issues ranging from carpal tunnel, tendinitis, missing fingers or arms and even quadriplegics. She also shared that stroke victims have used loom knitting to gain their strength.
Be sure to head to Kristen’s blog to try out some of her patterns and video tutorials.
Where to Purchase the Leisure Arts Oval Loom:
Leisure Arts has a selection of books made just for loom knitting. Try one of these pattern books with your new Oval Loom for new possibilities.