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Tuesday, August 28, 2012Name: lully
Subject: scraps of yarn
Comment: So when you are done with a scarf and you have like some leftovers you can finger knitted it into something pretty neat and pretty or even make it into a fringe
Monday, August 27, 2012Name: Cynthia
Comment: If your pattern starts with "K1, make 1" and ends with "make 1, K1", always add an extra stitch at each end when casting on. These two extra knit stitches will give you a nice edge to sew your garment together. On your second to last row, don't forget to take the two extra stitches off again, especially if you have to leave them on a stitch holder as in knitting a baby jacket with a yoke.
Monday, August 20, 2012Name: Cookie
Subject: Baby Blanket
Comment: Cast on 120 stitches on size 13 needles. Go up 7 rows, then go to size 3 needles go up 7 rows. On and on until you are bored. Easy and fun, enjoy.
Monday, August 13, 2012Name: Sara
Subject: Least favorite Part of project
Comment: If there is a part of a project that you either don't like knittig (sleeves for me!!) or is the "hardest" part of the pattern, start with that if you can... I know that I tend to procrastinate on parts of a project that I don't like to knit and then the whole thing gets held up. So I get the annoying bits out of the way ASAP so I can enjoy the rest!!
Sunday, August 12, 2012Name: Heather Ward
Subject: Sewing up a knitted garment
Comment: Quite the easiest way to hold two pieces of your garment together before stitching is to thread a knitting needle thru' both pieces. Longer than pins and sooooo much easier to extract!
Monday, July 30, 2012Name: janice
Subject: knitting with 2 colours
Comment: i have found knitting with 2 colours easier if you buy 2 large plastic jars with lids and drill a hole in the lids make the hole big enough to tape the inside of the drill hole or sand of so it wont fray the wool. then place the wool inside thread wool through hole and your set to go no more tangled wool.
Thursday, July 19, 2012Name: Naomi
Subject: scrap yarn usage
Comment: I had all sorts of odd and end yarn in my drawer, so I decided to make a neat scarf out of all the different colors. I used a simple pattern;,
Saturday, June 16, 2012Name: AweMe Designs (Ravelry)
Subject: Stop multi bobbins from tangling
Comment: I learned an interesting fact the other day. While working on 2-at-a-time / magic loop socks and doing multi-color cables for each sock, I was getting tangles all around. There were 6 bobbins per sock, which left me with 12 bobbins for the project messing me up and slowing me down.
I grabbed some small ziplock baggies!!! I grouped and placed each socks bobbins in one baggie. So, I had 2 baggies for the project.
Saturday, June 16, 2012Name: hey!!! (again!)
Subject: easy bind off
Comment: I have always had a hard time binding off without dropping at least a half of my stiches. (I'm not kidding!) I now use afgan crochet hooks. They look like knitting needles; but have a crochet hook end and once you get the hang of knitting with them, they make binding off so much easier. What you do is knit your first two stiches onto the afgan hook, then pull the second one through the first one as if you were crocheting. Keep on like that 'til the end of the row. That way you won't drop any stitches. : )
Monday, June 11, 2012Name: smckee51
Subject: New "old" knit techniques
Comment: For knitting, use the long needles and tuck the "empty" non-pointed end of the needle under your dominant arm or in your armpit with your arm holding it in place and with the working end at a comfortable distance from your body.
Saturday, June 09, 2012Name: JustJudith
Subject: Quick Update to Circular Knitting Cord Key (ever lost one?)
Comment: No surprise...no less than 10 minutes after I submitted this idea...I had a better one...
Monday, June 04, 2012Name: Sally
Comment: While putting my mom's hair up in rollers, I got the idea to use the plastic bobby pins (I prefer the pink ones) to hold pieces together while seaming. They are easy to see, slip between the yarn wonderfully and will never rust like straight or safety pins, and are cheap.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012Name: Cynthia
Subject: two pieces alike
Comment: When knitting two pieces that are alike (sleeves, front of a cardigan (reverse shaping) make them at the same time using circular needles, if necessary, then use the same skein of yarn (to reduce tangling) there will be no doubt that they will be alike.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012Name: hey!!!
Subject: use for leftover sock yarn
Comment: Take leftover pieces of sock yarn and knit them together to make a one- of-a-kind pair of socks. I can only imagine what creative pairs of socks would be made! : )
Monday, May 28, 2012Name: Stitch Diva
Subject: Save Money on Supplies
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