The Right Tools February 20, 2014 – Posted in: Thursday This and That

Let’s be blunt: Knitting as a hobby is not cheap. More than once I’ve encountered a knitter balk at the idea of having to buy yet another needle – and bite the bullet since there is usually no way around it and you need the right tools to knit what you want. Today’s post is inspired by those “high/low” editions in magazines, be it a design or fashion version. They do put together how to…

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Are You Working With Your ABS?* February 13, 2014 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

In case you were horrified and suspected that I am going to make you do sit-ups, relax. (I could use them, I should do them, however…huh? what was I saying?….never mind.) I am not talking about a workout for your, well, abs, I am talking about using up left-over yarn in a fun way. The rule is: *Anything But Stockinette Since most left-overs are smaller quantities, you are going to have to combine them to…

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The Value Of Colour February 6, 2014 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

…literally. If you have done Colourwork in knitting before, and I mean using more than one colour in one piece of knitting, you might have realized that the colours you picked worked differently together than imagined. I don’t mean a striped sweater in navy and white – hello, Mariner or Marinire – which is a perfectly fine combination, I mean the more subtle ways of combining different hues. It all depends what you want. There…

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Got Swatches? January 30, 2014 – Posted in: How to, Project Ideas, Thursday This and That

Thank you all for your comments on the last blog. I am quite over the slump, I assure you! However, it was good to talk about it and so get it out of my system. Here is a picture of the little something I started last Thursday night and finished Saturday. This is “Chevzam”, knit in Manos del Uruguay “Maxima” – I love it! During the two years this blog has existed I have been…

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The Winter Blues January 23, 2014 – Posted in: Thursday This and That

That says it all. I’m sitting here trying to think of something really useful for you to write about, and, I got nothing. Nothing at all. I hate the cold, it makes me cranky, tired, and it seems I want to eat all the time. I’m talking about this arctic cold we’ve been having on and off for a while now. On the other hand, it does not make me want to knit. Shouldn’t it…

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A New Technique For The New Year January 16, 2014 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

As a subsequent post to my last – well, not that any post wouldn’t be – I have an addendum to my hat talk. On Monday I started a new class, we are knitting the “Seasons Hat” by Brooklyn Tweed. This is the perfect project to get started with colour knitting, since it only takes up 27 rows of the hat, so there is space to pick up another interesting technique. I have used the…

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This Is Not My Hat* January 9, 2014 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

*A hilarious children’s book by Jon Klassen. Also, a thought a knitter might have after finishing a hat that is too small, large or just not wearable. Happy 2014 to you all! It is cold and we knitters like that. We get to knit all those things that hopefully keep us cozy and warm – which, I have to admit, has been difficult these past three weeks since it has been really cold. I’m speaking…

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How To Knit A Basic Mitten – Part 2 December 12, 2013 – Posted in: Thursday This and That

Hello there. Let’s pick up where I left off last week. We have put 6 stitches on hold and now we need to cast on another 6 to make up for them. Using the backward-loop cast-on, cast on 6 stitches onto the last needle. You are going to redistribute them at the end of the next round. Now continue knitting in the round until you have about 1 3/4″ less than required length – I…

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How To Knit A Basic Mitten – Part 1 December 5, 2013 – Posted in: How to, Project Ideas, Thursday This and That

These mittens are easy to knit and do not take long at all. Perfect gift knitting!! Follow the instructions step by step, today just up to the part where the stitches for the thumb get put on hold. What I used: Cascade Eco + Wool plus some Kid Silk Haze (exact amount to follow in the pattern) 5.5 mm (US size 9) double pointed needles small stitch holder tapestry needle I got a gauge of…

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