Cutting Down

Everything has a season and each season comes to an end. My loom knitting season has lasted 12 years. It has been awesome. It has taken me many places that I never thought I would go (or that I wanted to go, hahaha). I have been on national television (while being fat–yes, I have gone on "tv history" as the fat loom knitter). That took me out of my comfort zone like nothing else ever has. However, it was a wonderful opportunity, one that has come back a few times over the years. I have also been blessed to meet some of the most amazing individuals, some of them have become good friends and most of them have been co-authors with me. By the same token, I have met the opposite too but I am not going to dwell on that part.

Most importantly, my little hobby was able to get millions of loom knitters started in their journey and expanded their knowledge to more than just the ewrap stitch and tube hats. Thanks to the technology available, more than ten years ago, I was able to launch little videos to help others in their looming journey. Twelve long years…it has been a fun ride!

At this point, I have decided to step back from a lot of my loom knitting efforts to focus more on my family, my "day job" and on my physical fitness dreams. Ideas are forming in my head of going back to school and getting my master's degree, or perhaps, I'll just dedicate myself 100 percent to just working out (ha! I am no longer the fat loom knitter).

For the past five years, I have tried to juggle, my family, my job, and my hobbies. After sitting down and putting everything into perspective and filling the jar with the rocks and the pebbles and sand, I realized that it is time to put more time into other areas of my life.

The website will stay open however all the patterns that were for sale have now been taken down. Eventually, I hope to put them on the site, free of charge, but it is not a priority right now. I thought about closing the site down completely, but there is so much loom knitting information within its pages…years and years of work….I can't bear to take it down and throw it in the garbage…not just yet.

I will continue designing but on a much smaller scale and behind the scenes. Videos will probably still make an appearance, but they will focus more on little things such as stitches, tips, etc.

It has been a great ride! Thank you all for your support.


Published by Isela Phelps

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13 thoughts on “Cutting Down

  1. Thank you so much, Isela, for all you have done for the loom knitting community! None of us would be where we are today without you. You are a true blessing to us all! You will surely be missed. Take care and please pop in and keep us updated, promise? We love you! I wish you the best that your future holds for you!

  2. Thank you so much Isela, you’ve been an inspiration to me from when I first started looming last year to now. You’ve taught me so much in such a short span of time… I will miss you and I hope things go great for you with your fitness and family! 🙂

  3. Thank you. Your videos and directions have been really easy to follow. Thanks for the time you invested in others. Take care.

  4. Good for you Isela, Family should always come first–Actually God first and then family. You have done so much for the looming community–THANK YOU!! Stay in perspective! God bless.

  5. simplytracy63 – 46 year old African American Female. Two grown children. Fibromyalgia sufferer. Beginner knitter.
    Tracy says:

    Isela you were the face of loom knitting when i first started and I am still learning from you till this day. Thank you for all you do and have done. It has been my honor taking care of your facebook groups. Wishing you all the best in your new endeavors and praying they are a huge success.

  6. Abi Elizabeth – Grand Rapids, Michigan USA – My name is Abi Elizabeth and this is a place where I share my random thoughts. I'm a creative person and I express myself in my artwork. I also enjoy watching TV and Film while I create. I like being inspired by what I see. Feel free to leave positive feedback. I enjoy reading what you have to say.
    Abi Vasquez says:

    Isela.. good for you. Im happy for your and for what the future will bring to you and your family. <3 <3 Thank you SO MUCH for all the help you've given us through the years, and thank you for allowing us access to the information in your blogs. I appreciate you and all your hard work. Thank you so much for everything.
    I wish you the BEST as you continue on your journey. <3

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    Bethany~ says:

    I completely understand (have been feeling better myself, after cutting back) and wish you the bestest there can possibly be for you in all your future adventures…and I know that there will be many! 🙂 I am so blessed to have been able to work and play with you over the long haul, lol. I have an excellent memory when it comes to who did what, when, and you will always be at the top of my list for the most progressive and valuable advocate for the art of looming. Hats off to you, Girlie! 😀

  8. Thank you so much for all you have done for the loom knitting world, we all have learned so much from you. I’m glad to hear you will leave the site up so we can refer back to it.
    Good luck in your future endeavors and god bless. Barb in SW MO

  9. Best of luck on your future endeavors! Your legacy will remain in all of us you have influenced along the loomy path.

  10. Thank you for all Isela. You’ve always been my first reference in loom knitting for our french members. Good luck in your new life.

  11. I can’t thank you enough for all your effort over these years. You are the sole reason I learned how to Loom Knit! Enjoy your new journey!!!

  12. Thank you, Isela, for all you’ve done for the loom knitting community over the years. I first started loom knitting about 10 years ago. I’ve watched a TON of your YouTube videos, and I have all of your books. For some reason, it never occurred to me to look on Ravelry or Facebook for other loom knitters until very recently. D’oh!
    Although we’ve never met or spoken before, you’ve been my loomy mentor for years. You were my Yoda and I was your young padawan, even though you never knew I existed. You’ve shared a wealth of knowledge with so many over the years, and we are all so grateful for your guidance and creativity.
    I love everything about your videos…I love your adorable accent, that makes it sound like one of my tias is teaching me. I love how your nails are always PERFECT. I love how you take the time to explain everything while you show us how to do things.
    Thank you…for everything!

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