Sedona Knit Wits

One of our day trips while in the Phoenix area was a 150 mile drive to Sedona for some hiking, and to see a former coworker. It is beautiful in Sedona with it’s dramatic landscapes and famous red rock formations. We arrived there around noon, pulling into a commercial center to get some lunch. While sitting in the car eating my sandwich I happened to notice “Sedona Kit Wits”, a yarn shop across the way. Naturally I had to go and check it out.

This first thing I noticed in the yarn shop was a large triangular loom set up vertically in the front of the store. Someone else had just been telling me about her daughter-in-law’s triangular loom, so I was intrigued. This one was seven feet wide across the top, but the woman at the shop told me it can be disassembled and reassembled into various sizes as small as three feet across. The weaving is done with one continuous strand of yarn, without any warping process. The edges are completely finished when you are done with the weaving, although you can choose to add fringe, or a knitted or crocheted border. You can connect two triangles together to make a larger fabric.

Triangular weaving loom

There are many options for purchasing a “triangular loom” in various sizes online. It is just a triangular wooden frame with nails in it, so there are also instructions for making one yourself.

Close up of the triangular weaving

The following shawl woven with the triangular loom and with a knitted border was on display in the store window.

Shawl made using the triangular loom, with knitted border

Some other displays in the knitting shop that caught my attention are in the following photos.

I don’t need any more yarn, and I did not have a project in mind when I went in there, but it is hard to go in a yarn shop without buying something. I want to support the owner, and also it is soooo tempting. After one pass around the store I found something that called out to me. I bought a skein of Coboo cotton and bamboo blend yarn. Being very soft, breathable, and comfortable for wearing against the skin, this yarn is approved for “Knitted Knockers”, knitted prosthetics for women who have had a mastectomy. I had heard of these, and in the past had thought about making some for donation, but at the time I didn’t have the right yarn and then moved on to other projects.

Coboo yarn for “Knitted Knockers”

I don’t need two photos of the yarn, but the setting was so beautiful.

We had a nice visit with my friend Deb and her husband outside on their patio, which backed up to an undeveloped area, had mountains in the background, and was about three blocks from a hiking trail. Deb is also knitter and crafter, so it was fun to compare projects as well as catch up on news from our lives and families.

After the social visit, we enjoyed a beautiful afternoon hike.

It was a full day but worth the driving time to enjoy the beautiful scenery, see my friend, and have a bonus visit to a yarn shop. Later I completed a pair of knitted knockers, using a pattern on the website for the organization that collects and distributes them, free to the recipient (www.knittedknockers.org). There is enough yarn left in the skein for at least one more set, maybe two.

The pattern has instructions for knockers with or without nipples!

Published by Meg Hanson

Hello. I am a recently retired empty nester. My husband and I moved to Jewett Lake in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, after living most of our lives in the Minneapolis area. I have no trouble keeping busy with knitting and spinning of wool, selling yarn and handmade goods, reading, walking, watching movies, surfing on the internet, traveling, doing bookkeeping for our family cabin, and spending time with family.

10 thoughts on “Sedona Knit Wits

  1. Thanks for all the pictures of Sedona which is near where our daughter Julie and husband Phil have a cottage.
    Happy you are away from Minn. winter.
    Hope you come to Laguna Hills,CA again
    Love Barbara and Richard and🐶

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  2. Beautiful Meg!!! Happy you found a yarn store way out in the middle of Sedona. And the scenery looks gorgeous. I’ve never been to Sedona. Seems we are all headed to less crowded places.

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  3. What a nice outing. Perfect weather, good friends, and yarn shop. I have never seen a triangular loom, but the final product is very nice. Do you think there is one in your future? I hear a lot about the knitted knockers on a podcast I listen to. What a wonderful outreach. I am going to check out my stash.

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    1. I do want to try out a triangular loom, but I will probably try to make it instead of spending $300 for a ready to go one. My husband has a friend who does woodworking, who could make me the wood pieces for the frame, and then it is just putting nails in. Be sure to check out the knittedknockers.org website to make sure the yarn you might want to use is on the “acceptable” list. No scratchy wool! They do not use much yarn. I might be able to get 3 pairs out of the one $7 skein of yarn.

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