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Knitting Tips and Tricks

Pets and Yarn

Pets and Yarn

A while back, I asked you guys about your current knitting challenges. One respondent wrote the following: "My dog will steal my project and prance around the living room with it. Sometimes I feel bad for knitting instead of giving them attention (even though they get plenty of attention when I'm not knitting). It just seems like the second I start knitting, they want love!" For myself, I have a  yarn-loving cat. I cannot turn my back on my knitting for 5 seconds without Wall-E grabbing it and running off. If I accidentally leave out some yarn (even a small...

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Developing Color Confidence

Developing Color Confidence

A while back, I asked in a survey about your biggest knitting challenges. And one of you wrote: "Maybe color choice is an intuitive skill, I have a color wheel have taken color theory classes, making a faded sweater from my leftovers has not produced results I am happy with, buying and matching colors on line is not working for me." First, if you wrote this or could have written this yourself, I feel you. Picking colors can be challenging, and perhaps some people do have more of an intuitive sense of color. But, let's go back to what I...

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A growth mindset

A growth mindset

I started working on an article for the newsletter and realized that there was a mindset issue I wanted to discuss in relation to that topic. But then the more I started writing about the mindset issue, the more I realized that it was a whole topic by itself. So instead of trying to fit it into another article, I wanted to give this topic its own article (and I'll save the other idea for the next newsletter). Psychology professor Carol Dweck wrote a book called Mindset, in which she describes two different types of mindsets: the growth mindset and the...

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The Amazingness of Wool

The Amazingness of Wool

Wool is pretty darn amazing. It's a renewable resource (the sheep keep growing it!) and has a lot of properties that make it special. Here are just a few of the magical qualities wool possesses: it has memory (the ability to go back to its original shape) and can stretch it doesn't need to be washed as often as other materials such as cotton it has a high ignition temperature and is self-extinguishing it is hygroscopic (can absorb a great deal of moisture - 30 percent - before it start to feel wet), which makes it quite good as an...

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Blocking equals washing

Blocking equals washing

Blocking. When you hear that word, what happens? Do you groan? Do you think, "I never block anything"? Do you wish blocking were easier? I used to have those reactions. That's because I had a very specific definition for what I thought blocking meant. And in my mind blocking means stretching and pinning something out. So I didn't understand why anyone would block socks (stretch them out! no way!) or a sweater (but it fits perfectly right off the needles; why should I stretch it?). Maybe that's how you feel about blocking. What if I told you that stretching is...

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