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Knitting Tips and Tricks

Understanding Yarn Weight, Part 2

Understanding Yarn Weight, Part 2

In Part 1, I basically confused the world of yarn weights. And I admit that I did it on purpose—because yarn weight classification is confusing and I don't want you to feel that there's anything wrong with you if you can't quite understand it or be able to automatically classify a yarn according to its weight. Because even though there are technically measurements for weights, those are so subjective sometimes. Haven't you heard a yarn referred to as a "light worsted" or "heavy fingering"? Well, light worsted really is probably quite close to DK weight and heavy fingering is probably...

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Understanding Yarn Weight, Part 1

Understanding Yarn Weight, Part 1

You've heard terms such as DK weight and sport weight thrown around. But what do they mean? And what weight is sock yarn? (I'll be honest from the beginning. This article is going to completely confuse all the yarn weight determinations—don't worry. We'll come back to this topic in another tip and clear things up!) What Is Yarn Weight? The term yarn weight is used to describe the thickness (diameter) of a yarn. This can be measured in various ways and the distinction between different weights isn't always perfectly clear, but it's a way to categorize yarns so you have...

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How to Use Ravelry to Destash

How to Use Ravelry to Destash

How often do you go through your stash? Have you ever found some yarn and thought "when did I buy that? And why?" Or maybe you bought some yarn a few years ago that you fell in love with back then but have fallen out of love with now. What do you do with yarn like that? Yes, you can donate the yarn or give it away, but there's also something else you can do with it: sell it to someone else. This is usually referred to as destashing. Will Trade or Sell Tab Ravelry makes it fairly easy to...

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Tips for Traveling with Knitting

Tips for Traveling with Knitting

If you’re like me, you take your knitting with you wherever you go. But sometimes traveling with knitting can be a bit challenging. These 10 tips can help with planning for traveling with your projects. 1. If you're driving, try to get someone else to do most of the driving if possible. Being a passenger allows for a good chunk of knitting time. (I got almost all of a sock finished while traveling from Florida back home to Texas. I would have finished the whole sock if I hadn't done part of the driving. *grin*) 2. If you're flying within...

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Gift Giving Tips

Gift Giving Tips

Whether you've made one gift or a dozen or more this holiday season, you and I both know how much time and love goes into knitting or crocheting for someone else. Whether your giftee has received a handmade gift before or not, you want to make sure that they understand how wonderful this item they're about to open is and how to take care of it so it will last far into the future. What can you do to help the giftee understand?1. Make sure the gift is wrapped in a manner befitting the honor of a handmade gift. You've taken the...

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