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Addi Clicks Lace: wait or buy? »

Addi Clicks Lace: wait or buy?

Well, at long last, the Addi Clicks Lace interchangeables are available for order! And a lot of people, including me, have been waiting for them. Should you buy now on pre-order or wait? If you're asking that question, you probably already have got the funds ready and waiting. But if it's a matter of what they're like, here's something to consider. The first generation of Clicks Lace needles will be about 4" long [...]

Quick Tip: Weighing In »

Quick Tip: Weighing In

One of your handiest available tools as a knitter is a digital food scale; the kind you can get in any kitchen gadgets section of any well stocked grocery, department, or other store. You might even already have one in your kitchen. Get the kind that shows weights in various formats; the ones you'll need as a knitter are ounces and grams. (I've seen scales range anywhere from $10 to $50.) Also handy is the kind of scale [...]

The Truth(s) About Swatches and other news »

The Truth(s) About Swatches and other news

Okay, if I'm being honest, swatches annoy me. Sure, I know, they're supposed to be wonderful and helpful and a learning and spiritual process, blah blah blah, but frankly, if I've got a pattern or idea in mind and yarn and needles in hand, what I really want to be doing is knitting the latter into the former. I don't actually want to be knitting a square of a fabric up, washing it, blocking it, and hoping I don't need to [...]

Continental knitting, Austrian style »

Continental knitting, Austrian style

I knit by the English or throwing method. I can knit with two colors using both hands. But knitting straight-forward Continental has always eluded me. I knit fairly slowly (although I'm informed that I'm not as slow as I think), and would like to speed things up a bit so I can get projects done more quickly, and of course Continental streamlines up the knitting movement process, which means knitting faster. Peggy Stuart of [...]

Reverse Single Crochet, AKA Crab Stitch »

Reverse Single Crochet, AKA Crab Stitch

I was looking at a knitting magazine and spotted a top with a very pretty but subtle edging at neck, armholes, and bottom edge. The accompanying blurb said that it was finished with Reverse Single Crochet. I liked it, it was just a little bit lacey, a little bit stiffer than the body of knitting (so it made the edges firmer and added a tiny bit of flare). It's also a bit like a very light cording on the edge of the [...]

Warm Weather Knits »

Warm Weather Knits

A new Deborah Newton book! Due out the first of November, 2010, Deborah Newton and LeisureArts are releasing a book of Warm Weather Knits. From the LeisureArts website: "Paying attention to shapes, details, pattern stitches and fibers that work especially well for summer, Deborah Newton presents more than 20 sweaters and accessories to knit. The designs use a variety of cool fibers and blends, from classic [...]

iPad: Document Reader apps »

iPad: Document Reader apps

Right, here's the second look at using the iPad in your knitterly or crocheterly life. Now, let's face it. For a stitcher, the important thing (if not the most important thing) is, how do I get my patterns onto the iPad, and how do I read them, and how good is it to use for reading patterns, really? Very very first thing. As you have probably already heard the iPad is a fingerprint magnet. Yes indeed. You will have [...]

Do the Hokey Croquis »

Do the Hokey Croquis

Okay, how did I miss this?! Idly going through the websites that I normally scan when living my "normal" life (anyone who knows me knows why "normal" has rabbit ears there), I spotted this on Our Robynn's web shop site, Purlescence, which also qualifies as one of my favorite places to shop. The Hokey Croquis Fashionflats (okay, it's not a very upscale name, but you know what? now everyone knows how to pronounce croquis, [...]

The Tulips Buttonhole »

The Tulips Buttonhole

The TECHKnitter's new buttonhole: the Tulips Buttonhole (so-called because the buttonhole has two lips that are symmetrical on the top and bottom). The buttonhole specifically solves the problem of buttonholes that need to successfully make it through the life of the garment, especially when the buttonhole has to contain one of the beautiful, heavy, hefty buttons that we so love to use on our hand-knitted creations. It's a [...]

A Summer beauty »

A Summer beauty

I don't often go for the Caron free patterns. Usually they're just not something or other for me, whether that it's not quite stylish enough, or not quite flattering enough, or not quite whatever. However, this week they're featuring a Kristin Omdahl pattern called the Equinox top. It rings all the right changes: not too much yarn involved (it features Caron Spa, a bamboo rayon/acrylic mix with lots of drape), so it's a [...]

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