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Christmas is the time for crafts.  Making looped potholders is one of those childhood pasttimes that I had forgotten.  Over the summer I attended a cookout and one of the hosts daughters was busy making her own potholders.  I was instantly taken back and wanted reach my hand in the bag of loops and grab a loom.  I restrained myself.

Flash forward till a few weeks ago.  On the shelf at a thrift store was a lonely potholder kit for a dollar so I snatched it up for some Christmas fun.

Things have changed.  The loom was plastic, not metal and the loops seemed skimpier.  The following warning was printed on the back:

Great, potholders that you can't even use as potholders! 

Somethings haven't changed.  Some of the loops, no matter how you tugged and pulled would never be big enough to fit on the loom.  There weren't even enough of the full sized ones to complete one potholder so I had to work in 5 loops that where an inch too short resulting in a lopsided potholder instead of square.  The crochet hook that came with the kit was too flimsy to pull with, but I have lots of metal crochet hooks.  I hate to think of a young girl getting this kit and giving up in frustration.

Luckily, I knew what to expect and had ordered some heavy-duty loops on the web to supplement the kit.

So, I'll be making a few more pot holders.  That is once my sore fingers recover from the pulling and stretching of the loops.  Somehow I had forgotten about that part. 


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