What I’m loving right now: Rainbow Loom

While hanging out a few days in LBI this past July, I got to hang out with a pretty cool girl named Jane.

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Jane makes these pretty awesome bracelets. In my day (yes I think of my pre-teens as "my day"), I was a fiend for friendship bracelets. So when Jane whipped out her Rainbow Loom and asked if I wanted her to make me one you can imagine how thrilled I was. 

First, I was to pick a color combo from her stash of rubber bands.

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Then she assembled the bands on her loom and with a crochet hook began to wrap each band around another. 

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When she was done wrapping she pulled the bracelet off the loom and WHOLA! The bracelet was done! It maybe took no more than 5 minutes. She could even go back and make it bigger or smaller depending on how it fit. 

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Jane ended up making all of us (even my husband!) a bracelet that afternoon. We still proudly wear them and get compliments when we do!

While it's obvious that I am late to the Rainbow Loom party, I can see why it's become so popular! It's pure genius! Quick to make bracelets that both boys and girls enjoy.  If you haven't read the story of how it all started – do so now. It will warm your heart. (thanks for the link, Cara!) 

Part of me wonders if it is appropirate to purchase one for myself. I got kid-cred, even though he can't quite stand or talk or knit yet. Right? Right.

Thanks Jane for sharing the obsession!! 

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It's out! The new Petite Purls magazine with a friendship bracelet tutorial from yours truly! It was an honor to work with the wonderful Allegra and Brandy for their fabulous e-magazine. I hope you'll go check it out, buy some DMC floss and make a few for you, your kid, your bestie, and the list could go on!

If you want an added frienship bracelet bonus check out my tutorial for a 4-sided braid which can be found here

Happy bracelet making!

 

Friday Links: Things I’d Like to Make This Weekend

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Coffee & Lavender Sugar Body Scrub : Joy the Baker 

A kicked up summer coozie! : Make Grow Gather

A pitcher of Sangira : Brunellos Have More Fun

More Friendship Bracelets for RockAndPurl's Swap : RockAndPurl

Toilet Paper Roll Creatures : Craft

I did come home with some goodies from the Oakland Fiber Fest, BTW. Another beautiful skein of yarn from Sincere Sheep and a super cute needle gauge from Girl on the Rocks! Lurve!

What I’m loving right now: Friendship Bracelets

Friendship Bracelets!

It all started with PomoGolightly's post!

I immediately flashbacked to 1993, middle school and 11 year old me furiously knotting together lengths of DMC floss. As you can imagine I was a girl obsessed. My plastic organizer case was filled with as many colors of the DMC rainbow as I could fit. Endless color combinations would dance through my head.

I remembered taping the bracelets to the underside of my desk at school. Doing a few rows in between learning about whatever it was Mr.Pulawski was mumbling about in those days. 

I would imagine my wrist adorned with hundreds of colored strands. I wanted them to be worn in and frayed to show how much a part of me they were. I always forgot that since I was a pretty active kid with summer baskeball camps and softball games that ideal was always ruined.

Friendship Bracelets!

Flash back to today and PoMo's bracelet swap! I have had so much fun choosing colors and patterns for the swap bracelets. I started out doing a simple stripe then to a chevron and then to a diamond and X pattern. I definitely do not see and end to making these. It's the perfect craft for when the weather is too hot to knit.

3-D Braid Friendship bracelet

I plan on sending out the 4 sided braid as my "swap bracelet". I figured if everyone sends thicker bracelets there would be a need for thinner ones to balance out the wrist! The braid is actually one of my favorite techniques. It uses 5 colors and you essentially weave the strands through your fingers to make the braid.

I'll be posting the tutorial here tomorrow!  It's easier to see it than to explain it!

Happy Friendship Bracelet Making Everyone!