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Friday, May 25, 2012Name: Cat Lover
Subject: Cat Toys
Comment: I make cat toys often and they need to be stuffed. I don't always have stuffing on hand, so I stuff them with paper instead. Put some catnip in them and you'll have a crinkly, irresistible toy for your kitty.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012Name: Cynthia
Subject: tangling when using two strands of yarn
Comment: Whenever you use two strands of yarn whether to combine two strands to get the required weight for the pattern or to use two strands according to a pattern; use both ends from one skein of yarn. There will be less tangling than using two different skeins.
Saturday, May 19, 2012Name: suzie9757
Subject: hot hands
Comment: In the evening I sit and knit whist watching TV. My hands get very hot and the wool does not handle as well. I used to wash my hands in cold water to cool them off. I did the washing up one night in really hot water and came straight in and picked up my knitting. My hands did not get over heated all evening.
Saturday, May 19, 2012Name: JustJudith
Subject: Circular Knitting Cord Key (ever lost one?)
Comment: Just discovered this one. Ever have one of these useful bits pop off and disappear somewhere in the room? To prevent it from going 'too far' across the room (LOL), attach a paper clip (the plastic coloured ones are easier to 'locate') to the eye-end of the key...it is easier to grab when you need it and should it decide to travel, it is not likely to go too far and easier to find when it does! I am confident that I am not alone and this will help someone...happy knitting!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012Name: smckee51
Subject: knitting and crocheting
Comment: Crochet and knit techniques
Wednesday, May 16, 2012Name: s mckee
Subject: pattern holders
Comment: I use a clipboard to hold my current pattern and then place the clipboard on a music stand set at the height that I need it so I don't have to keep bending down to the table to read the pattern. I also use blank cardstock held in place by squeezable paper clips to mark my place on the page.
Monday, May 14, 2012Name: Nikki
Subject: yarn in a tangle
Comment: I recently purchased some beautiful yarn from an online auction website. Being a novice knitter I didn't realize that it was too thin a ply for my pattern. Rather than waste my purchase I used two balls at a time. As you are all probably aware I spent more time untangling than knitting. I finally came up with the idea to use baby nappy sacks to keep the balls of yarn seperate. They seem to have the right of amount of static to stop the yarn tangling and they also smell nice!
Sunday, May 06, 2012Name: Susan
Subject: Bamboo Needles
Comment: When my needles begin to drag, I polish them a little with a dryer sheet - stitches will glide easily once again. I also use clear candle wax to keep my needles from cracking. Simply lightly cover (wax on) and lightly buff (wax off).
Sunday, May 06, 2012Name: Knit-a-scarf
Subject: Scarf patterns
Comment: What I would do, is buy wool with different colours in them, so you don't have to follow patterns, and you get a really cool pattern in your scarf. Try keeping your scarf about 25 stitches from the start, it will help.
Friday, May 04, 2012Name: Oldknitter
Subject: Yarn holder
Comment: I haven't tried it, but how about a fliptop plastic cereal/food container to hold knitting yarn while knitting? Needles and small projects could also be stored. When on the go, just pop the container (with project) into a tote bag.
Monday, April 30, 2012Name: mary mc connell
Subject: To make neat edges for sewing parts together
Comment: Always always slip the first stitch. My mother was the best knitter in Ireland and she taught me this useful tip.
Sunday, April 29, 2012Name: Chloe
Subject: Stuffing the toys
Comment: I learned a cheap trick this past summer when i found i was out of stuffing:
Thursday, April 26, 2012Name: Lee Whitaker
Subject: Keeping track of my rows
Comment: I use a wooden clothes pin, with 1 on one side 2 on the other, to keep track of what row I'm on. Row 1 is my decrease/increase row, Row 2 is my knit row. I leave it on the table and turn it as I change rows and attach it to my work when I set it down so I know what row I'm on!
Sunday, April 22, 2012Name: ChelleB
Comment: I keep my patterns in page protectors, in a 3-ring binder. When I complete a project, I take a picture and place it with the pattern, along with any notes for changed numbers or if I want to try something different with the pattern next..
Thursday, April 19, 2012Name: ldf
Subject: on the cheap
Comment: Beginners. Don't bother buying straight needles, save money by buying only circulars & dpn. For small project use dpn & put st, saver on one end to make short straight needle. Circular ndls are stored in notebooks with page savers. To store dpn. put into the narrow bags the cirdular needles come in. Mark size on bag & store in old bowl (bought a fancy one cheap @ yard sale. Have tons of needles that are organized & can find right size quickly (& saves me from buying needles because I know what I have on hand) And best of all it doesn't take up much room.
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