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Welcome to TangoBrat. - hand-knitted scarves, dishcloths, cowls and more! All knit with love for you!

Visit my shop at TangoBrat.etsy.com

My name is Mary but I'm more commonly know as TangoBrat on the internet. I'm from Minnesota born and raised. Have a husband and a cute little girl. We also have a zoo - three dogs, one cockatiel, a guinea pig and a kitty. The zoo is never allowed near my yarn hoard. I enjoy knitting without needles. Needle knitting is a mystery to me. Never learned crochet either for that matter. One day, I picked up a knitting loom and some yarn and a hook and my yarn addiction steadily grew from there.

My dishcloths are quite famous on the message boards I frequent. I've knitted and sold over 100 of them before coming to Etsy so I must be doing…

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  • Born on January 5
  • Joined April 1, 2009

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About

Welcome to TangoBrat. - hand-knitted scarves, dishcloths, cowls and more! All knit with love for you!

Visit my shop at TangoBrat.etsy.com

My name is Mary but I'm more commonly know as TangoBrat on the internet. I'm from Minnesota born and raised. Have a husband and a cute little girl. We also have a zoo - three dogs, one cockatiel, a guinea pig and a kitty. The zoo is never allowed near my yarn hoard. I enjoy knitting without needles. Needle knitting is a mystery to me. Never learned crochet either for that matter. One day, I picked up a knitting loom and some yarn and a hook and my yarn addiction steadily grew from there.

My dishcloths are quite famous on the message boards I frequent. I've knitted and sold over 100 of them before coming to Etsy so I must be doing something right! Another popular item is my nosewarmers. A friend approached me asking if I could make something for her boyfriend to keep his nose warm. What you see listed is what I came up with. They make a great gag gift and they are functional. ;o)

I've got oodles of yarn and in my spare time I work on projects...when I HAVE spare time that is. :o) I make things on a whim...once I finish something, I go downstairs to my yarn stash and see which one calls to me next...so you never know what I'll be listing! Check back often.

Loom knitting is an ancient art that has recently seen a resurgence with the Knifty Knitter and In the Attic Looms. It has been known by many names throughout history: frame knitting, rake knitting, ring knitting, box knitting, bung knitting, spool knitting, reel knitting, french knitting, loom knitting, knitting in the round, knitting board. Perhaps even Penelope knit the Shroud of Laertes on a knitting loom!

Looms were used during the Middle Ages in France, Britain, Germany and other parts of Europe to knit tasseled caps, shawls, petticoats, blankets, stockings, bags, purses, sacks, nets, hammocks and curtains. It's believed that the apprentices of Guilds knit the carpet required for their Master on frames (knitting boards) as well.

Something similar to knitting looms were used by the Amerindian tribe, Taulipang, of the Roraima Mountains (between Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil). They used a separate rod for each horizontal band of the fabric — — essentially a knitting frame without a base! Other Amerindian tribes which knitted with rods include the Arecuna, Macushi, Patamona, the Palikur, Uaça and Warrau. It’ is believed that these tribes' discovery of knitting was not connected with the Eurasian tradition.

Why is loom knitting becoming popular again? It could be because it's a fast and easy way for someone to get into knitting. The stitches come out even your first try. It's also a way for knitters who have mobility issues such as arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome to continue with the craft. Loom knitting and needle knitting both have their strengths — there's no reason why you can't do both!

I also have a buyer only account. It's for my mother as she doesn't have a computer at her home. It's GBeech.

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