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Carry it up September 5, 2013 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

I am always thankful when I encounter questions or problems during the week that give me an idea for my next post. This time around it was the fact that I got asked if, when knitting stripes, do you cut the yarn after every stripe? Well now, I said, that depends. (Doesn’t it always?) It really depends on the width of the stripes. Many of you might have knit a “Color Affection” or a similar…

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Exceptions prove the rule. August 22, 2013 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

You know how much I like my long-tail cast-on. You also know that sometimes it is not possible to use the long-tail cast-on, or it would make for unnecessary hassle. Let’s say you are knitting a raglan top down. When you have separated the stitches for the sleeves and continue to work on the body, you usually have to cast on stitches for the underarm. That is if the pattern is well written and considers…

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Make your own! August 15, 2013 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

As you might have noticed, we have been busy in the store accommodating new yarn arrivals for fall. In fact, I am guessing the ladies are still busy today and we will be so for a while longer. I have been busy at home also, there are some renovations going on and I am not as well organized as I would like to be and almost forgot that it is actually Thursday. My post today…

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Yarn Cocktails August 1, 2013 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

Do you like cocktails? There is something about that mix of different ingredients that come together to make the perfect drink, don’t you think? Sometimes it is surprising what those ingredients are, and that goes for yarns, too. You might wonder where I am going with this. Well, I have been a fan of yarn cocktails of late, meaning using two different yarns at the same time. There are various reasons why one should/could do…

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Short and Sweet July 18, 2013 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

It is hot. I mean, it is REALLY hot. And I do not feel like knitting at all. However, I do have a morsel of hopefully interesting information. This week a customer stumbled across an instruction that is “k1, yo, k1 into the same stitch”. This is also called a double increase. It is useful when you need to increase more than one stitch at some point in your knitting or it is used in…

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Easy does it July 11, 2013 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

Sometimes. I am all for making it easier. Anything really. If there is a way to make it easier, bring it on. In the age of top down sweaters (so easy, no?) there are patterns lingering that have you knit pieces and then sew them (gasp!) together. Seams add structure to your knitting that top down pieces usually do not have. I am not talking about one being better than the other, they are just…

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Twisted July 4, 2013 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

Hello again. Yes, I am fully aware that it has been five weeks since I blogged last – however, to me it does not feel that long. I have done a lot in the meantime: packed up and moved, went away to TNNA and tried to get the act of the internet and phone together (which is a story I don’t want to bore you with). In order of the good, bad and ugly: TNNA…

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Back to Basics – Stitch Mount May 30, 2013 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

I don’t know how to mount a horse but I do know my stitch mount! Do you? Are you aware of the correct stitch mount? Well, having asked that, it all depends on your style of knitting. In this case let’s assume we all either throw or pick and knit and purl the common way. Which in return means your stitches are mounted all the same. They have to be to follow instructions like k2tog…

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Flashback May 23, 2013 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

To the 80’s. The 80’s are Retro. Neon, drop-shoulders, dolman – they are all back. Today let’s talk about intarsia – which is apparently back also, though in a better, 2013 modernized way in form of this sweater. As always I have an ulterior motive, and yes, you guessed it, I am going to show you the necessary technique. Intarsia is used to work motifs into your knitting – geometrical, animalistic or free form. I…

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At Knit's End… May 16, 2013 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

…comes binding off. How often have you anticipated finishing a project? Sitting there knitting on the last couple of rows, starting to bind off – only to realize that when you were done and tried to put it on or pull it over your head that you…cannot do it. Or, are barely able to get it over your head. Or, oh my, this rib is really much shorter than the sweater. Do not assume that…

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