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One For My Fellow Sock Knitters – This Is How I Do It May 14, 2015 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

Hi there. Today I have something to show to my fellow sock knitters – it’s a little trick I do and that I teach in my sock class, so nothing special, unless you’ve had to deal with these pesky holes before and want to try to avoid them. When you knit socks and have just finished the heel, you need to pick up the stitches for the gusset. This requires picking up one stitch into…

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WWMD* May 7, 2015 – Posted in: How to, Random, Thursday This and That

Today another edition of *What Would Mona Do. As you might have heard me say, I do love knitting with linen. I do like the crisp fabric – often called ‘scratchy’, however, I don’t think it is – of 100% linen. Everything that follows is valid for 100% linen, not mixes, not cotton, I am talking about LINEN. We have a variety of 100% linen at the store: Euroflax Sport from Louet – it is…

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Fine Tuning January 15, 2015 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

Let’s talk a bit about VHS tapes. Yes, I am aware that ‘VHS’ is not what comes to mind first when hearing the term ‘tuning’ but since I am more familiar with VHS tapes than cars, this analogy will have to do. Do the lot of you even remember VHS tapes? My VHS remote control had two buttons, side by side, that said ‘tune’ above them. With those you could try to improve the picture,…

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Vermonter Mods October 30, 2014 – Posted in: How to, Project Ideas, Thursday This and That

After posting the picture of the ‘little’ Vermonter last week I received some requests for the modifications I made. Well, here they are: (Everything I have done differently is written here, otherwise I worked as pattern says!) CO 39 sts. (Rest as pattern says.) Brim: As pattern says. Crown: Rounds 1-3: knit Round 4: purl Rounds 5-7: knit Round 8: purl Rounds 9-11: knit Round 12: p2tog, purl 18, p2tog, p to last 2 sts,…

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Measure Once… September 11, 2014 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

Today I do not have much, but what I want to talk about is one of the tools I use often. If I may say so myself, I am pretty good at knowing the size of a knitting needle just by looking at it. Most of the time I am right. Sometimes I am not. Those are the times when you want to use your needle gauge. Don’t worry. This gauge is way less hive…

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Take Good Care Of Your Stash September 4, 2014 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

If you consider yourself a serious knitter, building a stash is unavoidable, really. I cannot explain it. It just so happens. You’ll buy yarn that you won’t use right away – and that is called ‘stash’. Granted, some stashes are larger than others and some contain only left over yarns from projects, but they all have something in common: they need to be stored. I have yarn that I like to have on display, because…

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Those Pesky Sticks July 24, 2014 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

Also called Double Pointed Needles. As I have mentioned before, and probably more often than you might want to hear, I do love knitting socks on dpns. Love it. Can’t get enough of it. Having said as much, when I got started I had most certainly the same issues that you have when you get started knitting with five needles at once. Well, you don’t really. You still only knit with two, the other three…

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One Rule To Follow July 3, 2014 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

If you asked me, I would answer that there are no ‘rules’ in knitting. You can do (knit) whatever you want and do it any style you like. However, there are rules around the knitting that I highly recommend to follow. Especially the one I am going to talk about today. I don’t do Math well. Really, ask me about calculus of probabilities, graphs with x, y and z thingies going on, anything more complicated…

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And Now Back To…Knitting June 5, 2014 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

After posting about the ‘pxtog’ last week, I do realize that there might be questions about the ‘kxtog’. Of course there is a way to make those easier, too. The idea is the same, however, instead of slipping the stitches first and then passing them over, you have to knit 2 together first and then pass the remaining stitches over. Not difficult, but I want to show you anyways. Shown is k5tog. Knit two together.…

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…And Then Purl Some May 29, 2014 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

As it happens ever so often, when I stumble upon the same issue with knitting in one week more than once, I feel it is worth mentioning in one of my blog posts. This time around it has to do with lace knitting, or rather one particular technique sometimes used in lace. The “purl x stitches together” – p2tog, p5tog, p10tog (Oh yes, those patterns exist. And somehow I doubt they were intentioned to torture…

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