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Wednesday, March 08, 2006Name: Joan Stroud

Subject: following patterns

Comment: I find that if I copy or scan my pattern and keep it in a clear page protector, then I can mark off my rows with a dry erasable marker. Then just wipe the page when finished and start again.

Saturday, March 04, 2006Name: Amy

Subject: Point protectors

Comment: i feel that it is stupid to waste money on point protectors. Instead when i am finished with a bottle of wine, i save the corks. Make a little hole atthe bottom of each and slip the needle in. It works like a charm.

Saturday, March 04, 2006Name: Amy

Subject: storage

Comment: When storing your yarn keep a fresh smelling bar of soap in the bin/container/basket. Your yarn wil always smell fresh and clean

Tuesday, February 28, 2006Name: louine

Subject: wooden needles

Comment: I love knitting with wooden kneedles but sometimes the yarn just doesn't move well on them so I spray an old tee shirt with spray wax such as Pledge and then wipe the kneedles with the shirt.

If the wooden kneedles begin to feel sticky for any reason, I rub them with 0000 steel wool.

Sunday, February 26, 2006Name: Ellen

Subject: Handy Tools

Comment: I always have a crochet hook in my knitting bag. A crochet hook with a shaft slightly smaller than the size of the knitting stitch makes picking up dropped stitches so easy. No need to rip out rows to make the repairs. In an emergency, straighten the end of a paper clip that has only one loop. Then use the smaller loop as a hook while holding it by the larger loop.

Friday, February 17, 2006Name: Carrie

Subject: Keeping track of rows

Comment: To keep track of your rows without using any extra tools, first, make a copy of your pattern. Then poke a small hole through the paper next to each completed row.

Friday, February 17, 2006Name: mmadams

Subject: picking up stiches

Comment: When picking up stitches (because the pattern tells you to or because you had to rip somethin out) use a size 1 or 2 needle. You won't stretch out your knit fabric- and it's a little easier to get into tight spaces

Thursday, February 16, 2006Name: Barb

Subject: No pain!

Comment: For anyone with neck, shoulder or hand problems, try using circular needles for everything. Knit back and forth as you would with straight needles. The weight of your project will be supported in your lap, rather than your wrists, etc. holding it up on those long needles.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006Name: Katie

Subject: Row Counting

Comment: In addition to using a spool counter to keep track of how many rows I've completed, I always cast on to the needle with the spool counter. That way if that needle is in my right hand I know I'm on an odd row (which comes in handy if, like me, you sometimes forget to change the number between rows!)
I don't own any markers either, so I use some small scraps of a different coloured wool as markers. I'm knitting a large scarf (100 st accross) out of feathered yarn, so I've used plain wool every 20 st as markers to prevent unwanted increases or decreases.

Monday, February 13, 2006Name: JUDY

Subject: Markers

Comment: My favorite markers are the small rubber bands for ponytails--very inexpensive!! Many of them come in bright colors. I've also used the rubber bands for braces on smaller needles.

Monday, February 13, 2006Name: iveenstra

Subject: keeping track of your patterns

Comment: i am a person who *used to* easily lose track of where i left off in my knitting pattern(s). especially when i take my knitting with me on my outtings.

***my solution:

each time i complete a row, i move the peg.
the cribbage board is great for multiple projects (3 at a time) for those who have a few projects on the go; red representing one project, white another project, and blue (you get the idea).
the most efficient cribbage board, happens also to be the most econimical coming in at under $10.oo. (if you don't already have one). the plastic foldable model, commonly offers a place for playing cards, which in turn is a great place to keep a small note pad and pencil for jotting down where you left off when its time to put the pegs away and pack up. (ie; r/16:red-16th row).

***and of course, you could play cribbage now and again, when you find yourself in a circle of friends who just want to change the day.

multi-purpose, portable and practicle.

happy knitting...

Thursday, February 02, 2006Name: sally

Subject: keeping up with pattern

Comment: I always make a photocopy of the pattern I am working with. This way I can make notes, underline the size I am working with, mark particular rows that might have a different annotation etc. Also always keep a notebook handy.

Thursday, February 02, 2006Name: sally

Subject: bobbles

Comment: when making bobbles, after you have got back to the one stitch on the right hand needles, bring the yarn towards you, slip this stitch to left hand needle, take yarn to back and slip st back onto right hand needles, now pull tight, this ensures that your bobble will not slip to the back as they are want to do.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006Name: Ruth Lepp

Subject: making cables without a cable holder

Comment: I love to make fisherman sweaters, and do a lot of knitting on the bus, I found a way not to always be dropping my cable needle: don't use one! Say you are ready to make a cable twist in a cable 6 stitches across. Simply knit those 6 stitches a bit loosely, then slide them off your right-hand needle. Now scoop up stitches 1-2-3 on your left needle, and scoop up stitches 4-5-6 on the right needle. Then transfer stitches 1-2-3 from the left needle to the right. All you have done is rearrange the order in which the stitches sit on your right-hand needle, and you have a cable twist. Don't be afraid to slip the 6 stitches off the needle "into mid-air" -- as long as you keep your needles close together, nothing will unravel.

Monday, January 23, 2006Name: Helen

Subject: Avoiding ladders w/ 3 needles

Comment: I got this hint from an other web site. When knitting in the round w/ double point needles, mark the beginning of the row and with each round work the last few stiches off the next needle for all three needles. It will eliminate the "ladders" that form due between the needles. I made several mittens this winter using this hint and it works very well.

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