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Knitting Tips and Tricks

How to get through obligation projects

How to get through obligation projects

Last year, I posted on Instagram and asked what others did to motivate themselves when working on a project that you wanted to finish but which you didn't feel motivated to work on at the moment. I got some great answers (bribery seem to be the most common response), and I've been thinking about other ways to provide motivation, so I'm including a few suggestions here.So if you have a project that you need to finish (say...for a holiday gift...), here are some ways to motivate yourself: Bribery Some people might suggest that you limit yourself: something like you can't...

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Why You Should Use the Ravelry Queue

Why You Should Use the Ravelry Queue

When I first started using Ravelry, I didn't completely understand the queue feature. I used it as a place to save all of the patterns that I thought I might want to knit some day. Now, instead of doing that, I use the favorites feature to save patterns I might want to knit and the queue feature to save patterns that I'm truly planning to knit, usually those projects where I already have the yarn. And if you use the queue in this way, it can be very powerful. First, if you haven't used the queue before or are unclear...

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Storing Your Yarn Stash

Storing Your Yarn Stash

InĀ episode 6 of my podcast, I answered a viewer question about how I store my stash. So if you're curious about that, check out the Questions for Karen section of that episode (jump straight to that point of the episode). Before we get into some practical suggestions for how to store stash, keep these thoughts in mind: Consider your environment: do you need to worry about pests such as moths or carpet beetles? Humidity? Cats? Kids? As much as you might want to display your stash, make sure to keep it safe. Out of sight, out of mind. If possible,...

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Why You Should Have Multiple WIPs

Why You Should Have Multiple WIPs

Let's talk about WIPs or works in progress. How many do you have? Be honest. How do you feel about the number of WIPs you have? How many is too many? Some people are monogamous knitters or crocheters. They work on one project at a time and don't start a new project until that one project is finished. There's nothing wrong with being a monogamous knitter, but there's also nothing wrong with not being one. In fact, having multiple WIPs going at one time can be beneficial. If your multiple WIPs cover different types of projects, then you can fit...

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Finding a Local Knitting Community

Finding a Local Knitting Community

Although I love my online communities, sometimes it's nice to have a physical group of fiber friends that you can meet with, share projects in person, and even get help choosing a color or picking up a dropped stitch! But how do you go about finding that local community? Your Local Yarn Shop If you have a local yarn shop, try there first. Frequently, shops have specific knitting groupĀ times, either once a month or weekly. Sometimes shops even have space available to sit and knit anytime the shop is open. Not sure what your shop's policy is? Don't hesitate to...

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