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What if Fiber Labels Were More Like Yarn Labels?

Lately I’ve been thinking about what information is helpful to know before I start to spin a commercial braid of fiber. That led me to thinking, “What if Fiber Labels Were More Like Yarn Labels Yarn labels have lots of useful information for knitters. Granted, knitters are mostly trying to do one thing, hit that mighty gauge number, but the information on the the label helps then know what their fabric will be like. Spinners are working with a more ...

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Keeping Track with Tags

Sometimes it’s the little things that save your sanity in knitting. The humble hang tag has come to my rescue many times. I’m a process knitter. Which is a nice way of saying I love to knit but it take me a while to finish projects. I might have a dozen or so projects and swatches for future projects going at once. I’ve tried keeping track of it all with sticky notes, with notebooks, with computer programs, for me, none of that works because they are all separate from the knitted piece. When I start a project or swatch I attach a hang tag after a few rows of knitting. I note the pattern name, yarn, ...

Attention non-woolly sock knitters!

The day has arrived. Sock Candy, the non-woolly version of Blue Moon’s Socks That Rock, has returned in beautiful hand-painted glory! Says Tina, “We are offering our Sock Candy for a very limited time as a hand paint. It is not our intention to continue to hand paint this yarn. Instead we’re venturing into having it mill dyed in multicolors.” One last chance to grab the most beautiful hand-painted cotton sock yarn ever! [Yup, Singer was made for me. Literally. How flattering, and irresistible, is that? No worries, I placed my order before I posted this. Because I know what you knitters are ...

WWW: Squids & Bridges

Congrats to the winners of our most recent contest, chosen by Shannon Okey herself: Big winner [prize: a copy of The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design, plus the choice between one of her online classes OR an one-one consultation with the pro herself] Allison August 4, 2010 at 12:49 pm Cracked Shannon up by mentioning zombie apocalypse winner [prize: a copy of The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design, plus one online class] Susan August 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm Mentioned tweets about this contest winner [prize: a copy of The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design, plus one online class] ...

5 Tips for a Dye Day

Two or three times a year, my fiber gang gets together for a dye day.  Here are 5 tips from our group to yours to keep your dye party running smoothly. 1) Plan and work ahead and after. Know how many people are coming and what’s for lunch. Mix your dyes ahead of time and soak your fiber the night before. Plan on rising and drying your fiber at home. Just dye and play on dye day. 2) Time and space for all. No one wants to wait on dye day. Have spots for everyone to work their color magic and enough pots, crock dyers, burners, etc to set the fibers. 3) Have some color ideas, but let it flow. I usually come with ...

Knitting quickie

Something I realized while frogging [to fix the extra repeat of the lace pattern I somehow decided was necessary to insert between vertical columns — aka a real mess] last night… [Knowing that I almost always choose simple lace with a purl- or knit-back row will help this next  part make more sense.] When it comes to frogging lace off the needles, which I often do with simple lace, I always frog with the wrong side facing me. This means I’m undoing decreases and increases that I’ve just done, and for some reason, it’s easier for me to keep things tidy and not drop stitches or former ...

Knitting from Knitty

I don’t choose what to publish based on what I want to knit [especially since I have stupidly annoying restrictions in my knitting due to my wool allergy]. But lately, I have found two Knitty patterns that were just up my alley for right-now knitting: First to cast on, Annette. Cute, quick to knit, because it’s lacy and it’s not a huge body-coverer. I chose to go a different route, yarnwise, pulling some gorgeous Hempathy from my stash [bought at my LYS, The Purple Purl] in the most amazing deep dark purple (color #12). I’m almost at the 2nd buttonhole [it starts at the hem] and it’s an ...

Obsessed with linen

I hate hot, and I don’t do summer well. But about 3 or 4 years ago, Jillian took me to Acme Mercantile before a speaking engagement at the Ann Arbor Public Library, and she introduced me to my new summer love. Flax Designs. Brenda Dayne, goddess of the Cast-On Podcast, tried to do the same thing with me, calling the style Lagenlook [the German word for “layered look”]. But I kept finding pages like this and never quite got the fever for it that she had. That’s because I had been looking in the wrong place. Flax Designs are also Lagenlook, but pared down. It’s about layers of linen, ...

WWW: Getting ready for fall in the Northern Hemisphere; An Important Birthday

Although we’re having a hard time imagining it right now, we know that fall is coming.  And with that in mind, we offer some things to get you in the mood for cooler weather knitting… The oldest woolen mill in Canada, and manufacturer of truly great yarn, Briggs & Little is offering a free download of the pattern for the 2010 Canadian Olympic sweater.  Styled in the tradition of the “Mary Maxim” or Cowichan sweaters, this sweater had a modern twist, and would make an excellent jacket for those crisp and cool days.  Adult version, youth version (PDF links). The yarn companies are rolling ...

The Walker Treasury Project

Here at Knitty, we’re big fans of the Barbara Walker Treasuries.  There are four books, each containing hundreds of stitch patterns – lace, cables, ribbings, texture patterns, color patterns, you name it. They’re revered by knitters all around the world, and Ms. Walker herself is a genuine treasure in the knitting community. An international group of knitters, inspired by Nicole Hindes, is leading a giant knit-along, with the objective of swatching up every stitch pattern in the four books – and the unofficial fifth book in the series, Mosaic Knitting. It’s all at The Walker Treasury ...

Knitty Spotting Around the Web

Some more gorgeousness from our readers. Uncoolhelen‘s stripey and handsome Flo the Elephant. OnlyLouise‘s Mad for Plaid quartet SophieBegonia‘s nearly-solid, slightly modified Coquille And WinterFoliage‘s absolutely stunning, knock-your-socks-off upsized Trellis. Upsizing notes on Ravelry.  Thanks to KnittedBliss for bringing this one to our attention! CraftyBrooklyn‘s Hourglass socks. DocSteph‘s Skew socks. And Orangeus‘ summery Minty hat.