The Proloops Potholder – Easy Enough for a Child
Once upon a time, many moons ago, in the land of Easy Bake ovens, Spirograph, and hook rugs, I received a potholder loom. I was what? Eight? I don’t remember my eight year-old self having a problem making potholders. And, like the aforementioned crafty stuff, I believe I made a total of three potholders. Truth be told, I made one hook rug and two Easy Bake cakes, but Spirograph fared better. I created quite a few Spirograph designs.
In her attempt to make me some sort of fiber “artist”, the lovely queenmaxine decided to gift me a Proloops potholder loom. Why? Because I apparently said, out loud, it might be cool to make potholders. A few months ago she came home with a Proloops loom and a few bags of loops. I’ve decided I need to think very seriously about what I say out loud.
I made one potholder. Yay. Several months flew by, as they do. Then a few weeks ago I dropped the queen off at Yarnorama for first Saturday spin-in, and Susan, Yarnorama shop owner, told me she could help me reach my full, potholder potential. Color me intrigued.
I decided to tag along with the queen for the March first Saturday spin-in to get some rad, potholder tips.
After searching Pinterest for designs, I found one I liked. After studying it for some time, I set my warp (that’s fancy loom talk for looping the first set of loops). Needless to say, I failed miserably. My talent does not lie in guessing potholder patterns. Susan steered me in the right direction and I was on my way. But then I had to get the thing off the loom. That’s where my trouble began.
Look at the picture of the orange and blue potholder, because I don’t want to talk about it. This is why wine exists.
Turns out, using the big ol’ hooky thing to finish the potholder is a YUGE mistake. Don’t even try it. You’ll hate your life. You know that crochet hook they give you. Use THAT. Susan gave me a crochet hook to finish off the second potholder. It made all the difference.
My next projects just might be a potholder rug. Maybe.
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