Books I Love: (More) Sensational Knitted Socks

A Review
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If you are a sock knitter and you don’t like knitting the same patterns over and over again you will sooner or later come to a point where you need inspiration and instructions to create your own. But how do you do that? Where do you start? What would even be a good stitch pattern to use on a sock?… Read more »

8 Beautiful & Fun Things I Loved in March

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Things I loved in March - Escape Reality by Lisa K. Ross

Another month is over. And again it’s time for another round-up of things I loved last month. So let’s jump right into it. 1 – 10 Light and Airy Patterns to Knit this Spring by Susanne @ Wooly Ventures Susanne put together a beautiful collection of feminine spring knits here. It came out while it was still freezing and grey here,… Read more »

22 Amazing Patterns You Will Love to Knit This Spring

spring knitting patterns - Sudden Bliss by Kristina Vilimaite

Spring is coming around the bend – at least in these parts. Actually, it should be here already, but it doesn’t quite feel like it yet. I do love winter, but it’s been cold and grey for so long that I can hardly wait for spring. I can even feel a bout of startitis coming! Right now I am just… Read more »

5 Knitting Tools You Need to Begin Your Knitting Life

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You’ve heard magazine after magazine and website after website proclaim knitting to be the new yoga. You’ve heard of all the benefits of knitting for you and your family and friends. And you’ve seen all those cute hats, those beautiful shawls and adorable children’s clothes you could be making. And now you want to give it a try yourself? But… Read more »

Beautiful Yarn, Excellent Knitting and Spring in Paris

An Interview with Katie of Unicorn Yarn Co.
interview yarn teaser (image ©Unicorn Yarn Co.)

Do you love hand-dyed yarn? Let’s be honest, if you are a knitter, the answer is most likely a resounding “Yes!” I have shared beautiful yarn with you before and will continue to do so. I love yarn and l like to share what I love. And I especially love hand dyed yarn. My friend Katie – the creative mind… Read more »

13 Great Things I Loved in February

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things I loved - My workspace with my current nemesis. I've knit on this thing much longer than I should, I keep messing up parts of it.

Oh, my lucky number 13! Another month is over, and once again I’ve picked out a few things – mostly knitting related – that I enjoyed or loved in February to share with you. So, let’s dive right in, shall we? Knitting Blogs and Websites 1 – Why Vegan Yarn? On the Baa Baa Brighouse blog Baa Baa Brighthouse will… Read more »

How to Get Your Yarn Tension Just Right for Stranded Colorwork

yarn tension - Catching a float with the yarn held on each hand.

I’ve recently been asked by a reader (hello Clelia!) how I avoid my stranded colorwork from puckering up in some places and being too loose with floppy floats in others. Those of you who have tried to knit colorwork before probably recognize those problems from their early attempts. Maybe even your only attempts. Maybe you decided that stranded colorwork just… Read more »

Books I Love: a Quick Look at The Yarn Whisperer

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yarn whisperer review - No, that's not the correct book. I don't have a physical copy of it but at least this one is also by Clara Parkes (Knitter's Book of Yarn)

Many of us knitters like to read. There are tons of knitting pattern and instruction books out there. Books teaching you a specific method or teaching you about tools of the trade. Stitch bibles with exciting stitch patterns to incorporate into your own design. But there are also books that are about knitting and knitters. The Yarn Whisperer – My… Read more »

8 Great Things I Loved in January

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Things I loved: My Woolly Mama Yarn stash enhancement. Isn't it just gorgeous?

Is it just me or was January over in a flash? I didn’t get to read as many blogs as I would have liked. I didn’t manage to finish everything I wanted to by the end of the month. But it was still a great month, filled with things I loved. Fun experiences, great blog posts, new acquisitions. In this… Read more »

How to Make Gauge Swatches Work for You, Part 2: Possible Problems

gauge swatches -Soaking gauge swatches

Last week, we talked a lot about how to knit gauge swatches and how to measure them. This week it’s all about possible pitfalls and problems. As a reminder and navigational help, here is the table of contents for this two-part part series again. How to Knit a Swatch (in part 1) When Designing (in part 1) How to Measure a Gauge Swatch … Read more »