Yarn Basics

One of the important things to consider when selecting yarn for a project is the weight classification. Today’s yarns can range from a gossamer silk thread to super bulky. There are many reasons for substituting a yarn. For some knitters, that’s the intent of selecting a different yarn and experienced knitters know how to make […]

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Types of Knitting Yarn

Now we’re talking about my personal favorite topic. I have to stay out of yarn stores – seriously. I think I still have yarn I bought in 1975. I’ve since learned that ALL yarn is irresistable (at least to me) and that I should not buy it unless I have a project planned for it. […]

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Knitting Needles and Tools

Knitting needles are a must for knitters (obviously!), but they aren’t the other useful tool you need to have in your basket. Knitting Needles Everyone has their favorite type of knitting needles. For the beginner, it’s best to ask your teacher what to start with. Straight knitting needles have the same thickness over their entire […]

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It’s all in the gauge

For many beginning knitters, a dishcloth or some similar small, square object is the first project. The knitting pattern is easy to follow and the knitting stitches are simple. The finished product has no seams and no curves. It seems simple, doesn’t it? Yet, even for something as simple as a dishcloth, gauging your stitches […]

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Remnant Buster project

I just know I’m not the only one with a bag or box of remnant yarn that looks kind of like the pile in the picture. (In fact, it didn’t take me long to find the yarn to pose for the picture!) If you’re anything like me, you can’t stand to throw away those bits and […]

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The marvels of mohair

I have had my struggles with mohair yarn, I admit. Once you get the hang of it, you find it’s actually one of the most versatile fibers in the world. Sometimes, people get confused about mohair, because it comes from the angora goat, as opposed to angora yarn which comes from the angora rabbit, a […]

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What about wool?

Wool is the oldest and most prevalent protein fiber and it’s as varied as the sheep on which it grows, running the gamut from rugged and ropelike to delicate and ethereal. Even within the same breed of sheep, there are subtle differences from animal to animal, and farm to farm. If you want to know […]

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Hand Knitting Patterns

I have an entire bookshelf of patterns – I collect those, too. My grandmothers (both of them) didn’t use patterns, but mostly they made blankets. When I get more instructions here, I’ll include some of my favorite patterns. Until then, you can see if you like any of these.

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Knitting Yarns

I think by now I’ve made it clear that I love yarn. I could unravel it and roll in it. I want to touch it, feel it, look at the pretty colors… you get the idea. And then the ultimate – to turn it into something I can wear or give to someone or wrap […]

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Knitting Instructions

Maybe you don’t have a grandmother who will show you how to knit and maybe I’m just more dense than the average person. I just couldn’t “get” it from book instructions. It’s always helpful to have someone show you how to get started. Most of your local knitting supply shops have classes or open hours […]

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