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Thursday, January 26, 2012Name: Charly
Subject: Bamboo Needles
Comment: One of my cousins gave me this tip. She told me that if a little part of one of your bamboo needles (whether its the bamboo circular needles or bamboo double pointed needles) breaks you can take a nail file and re shape it so it looks normal (or back to normal). It doesn't have to be perfect just usable
Wednesday, January 25, 2012Name: Joann
Subject: following patterns
Comment: I use index cards to keep track of what row I am working on. If you are doing a piece with several different patterns in each row, write out a card for each row, then just flip it over after you finish that row and you never lose your spot
Sunday, January 22, 2012Name: Knit Wit
Subject: Buying Cheap Yarn
Comment: The dollar store has good yarn that is cheap, but be aware that it might have many snapped ends. I have also found that you need to buy lots of yarn each time. They do not have many shipments of the same yarn.
Saturday, January 21, 2012Name: Barb
Subject: knitting in the round with double point needles
Comment: Here's a trick I learned the hard way:
Tuesday, January 17, 2012Name: Beverly Perry
Subject: knitting patterns keeping track of rows
Comment: I use recipe cards and write each row on a card flip cards for each row.
Thursday, January 12, 2012Name: jojo
Subject: sewing up seams
Comment: I've found that when I sew up different seams sometimes it's easier to keep the two together. When one sews with a sewing machine, they use pins. Well, that doesn't always work with knitting. I use safety pins instead. It keeps the two pieces together so that I don't sew up more on one end than on the other.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012Name: Jeanine
Subject: Tracking your pattern
Comment: When I have a pattern that requires me to check off each row or when I write out a complicated pattern I put it in a sheet protector. I then put this on a clipboard for stability and mark off each row finished with a dry erase marker. Not only does this keep you on track but you can easily erase repeated patterns and write the number of repeats on the sheet. Then you can use the sheet protector for your next pattern without marking up your pattern.
Monday, January 09, 2012Name: Cynthia
Subject: Patterns put on graph paper
Comment: I write my patterns out on graph paper, especially for Aran patterns where you have several different patterns in a row. The instructions usually say work row 1 of pattern 1 then row 1 of pattern 2 and row one of pattern 3. Place markers between each pattern and also on the graph paper. When you come to the end of a pattern on the graph paper you should be at a marker in your work. If not you have made an error in that space. Now go on to row 2 of pattern 1 etc. I get very accurate results. I have been able to do panels all in one instead of sewing them together later. A right twist on two edge stitches on right side will make it appear as to be stitched together uniformly done.
Sunday, January 08, 2012Name: Minnasnowtan
Subject: Easy and cheap project holder
Comment: I purchase plastic 2 quart beverage pitchers (for small to medium-sized projects) at dollar stores and place my yarn inside, feeding the working end through the opening for the pour spout and snap the lid back on. A gallon-sized pitcher works great for larger projects.
Sunday, January 08, 2012Name: Cynthia
Subject: A new skein in the midst of the project
Comment: When coming to the end of a skein and you are going to a new skein of the same color hold a small amount against the previous yarn for a couple of stitches. You will have two or three stitches with both yarns but it is in there secure and you won't have any ends to worry about at the end of the project. This can be done anywhere in the project and not have to do it on the end of a row, with left over yarn from the previous skein, and no bulky knots.
Thursday, January 05, 2012Name: elouisa
Subject: neat edges
Comment: To make a neat edge which is easy to sew up, always knit into the back of the last stitch on the needle and purl into the first stitch of each row.
Thursday, January 05, 2012Name: Angie's Kneedle Works
Subject: Pattern for using up those yarn ends that pile up over the years
Comment: Knitting pattern- Triangles and Strips.
Thursday, January 05, 2012Name: knitter
Subject: scraps of yarn
Comment: little tiny balls of yarn always bug me,so I use them to make hackey sacs!!! they are simple you just knit 2 small squares and sew 3 sides together. Next you get small seeds (like bird feed) and put them in pantyhose and put it in the sac and lastly you sew the last side together and you have a great gift!!!!!
Wednesday, January 04, 2012Name: Angie
Subject: keeping patterns clean and crease free
Comment: I keep my patterns in a ring binder folder in the clear plastic sleeves. One page to each sleeve. there is no need to remove the patterns from sleeve when using them.
Wednesday, January 04, 2012Name: Charly
Subject: Reduce reuse recycle
Comment: One thing i like to do is write patterns on the back of paper that i printed. So instead of printing off patterns re use paper that has a blank side
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