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Knitting Tips and Tricks

Yarn and Needle Size

Yarn and Needle Size

I have some yarn in my stash (leftovers and handspun) that I either don't remember or am unsure of what weight it is. I can use tricks such as a WPI to check how many wraps per inch in the yarn and look it up on a chart to find the weight. But there's another way that can help, and you can even use this tip for figuring out the needle size to use when you're holding two strands of yarn together (whether the same yarn or two different yarns).First, take the yarn in question and fold it on itself...

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Ruler Check

Ruler Check

A while back on Instagram, I saw someone post a picture of several different types of rulers/measuring tapes lined up to see if they were all the same. And I remember that, quite shockingly, there were some pretty big differences in some of them. I've been meaning to do the same thing and finally tried it this weekend. Here's a sampling: Note: The wooden one is a yardstick that is a three-dimensional cube, so this pictures makes it look like the rulers/measuring tapes are not lined up at the beginning (and also makes the overall alignment look worse than it...

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What Is BFL?

What Is BFL?

A couple of my yarn bases include BFL, and at events, I'm frequently asked "What is BFL?" I want to respond with "BFL is awesome!" and leave it at that (because it is), but I give a quick answer like "it's a breed of sheep" and sometimes provide a little bit of a comparison between it and Merino. I thought this might be a good time to give you a more extended answer. What Is BFL? BFL stands for Bluefaced Leicester (pronounced like the name Lester), a breed of sheep in the English Longwool family (along with Leicester Longwool and...

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Brioche Again

Brioche Again

You might say that I'm a bit obsessed with brioche. And if you're not obsessed, you might be tired of hearing me talk about it. But seriously. If you haven't tried it yet, do it. If you tried it once before and didn't quite get it or didn't quite like it and it's been a while, give it another go. The first time I tried it years ago, I thought that I hated it and that I would never want to do it again. I'm super happy that I didn't stick to that idea!So in the interest of progressing your...

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Brioche Decreases

Brioche Decreases

Previously, I explained the basics of brioche. Now, I'm going to expand on that and talk about two of the common brioche decreases, the brRsl and brLsl decreases -- basically right slanting and left slanting brioche decreases.

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