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Knitting Tips and Tricks

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. So, 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...

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A little encouragement

A little encouragement

Have you even found a pattern that you really want to make but which looks way beyond your skills? What do you do? Make it anyway? Sigh and put it aside, wishing you could make it "someday" (but never actually arriving at that someday)?I want to encourage you to go ahead and give that challenging project (or even a challenging yarn) a try. Although many of us knit or crochet because it is our source of relaxation and we don't want to feel frustrated with our projects, sometimes working through a little frustration is worth it in the end.I had...

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Cowl Blocking Tip

Cowl Blocking Tip

In my cowl patterns, I usually have a line about my favorite way to block cowls is to use pool noodles. Here's what that looks like: Basically, I get some pool noodles (right now is a great time to get them at a discount, though they're relatively inexpensive anyway) and cut one into four sections (in half and then half again) to get smaller tubes. I start by putting a tube on each side of the cowl and then start putting tubes inside until I've got it filled.The pool noodles have a few advantages:1. The rounded shape will keep your...

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A little tough love

A little tough love

So many of us face the same challenge: finding time to work on your projects. I've written before about how to find time to knit, but all those suggestions won't work if you don't do one thing.It's tough love time. You're never going to find time to knit/crochet just by wishing you had more time to knit/crochet. You have toMake time to knit/crochet.As I've said previously, you have to believe, truly believe, that knitting/crocheting is worthy of your time. You have to believe that you are worthy of your time. Because knitting/crocheting is a huge form of self-care. I know that's true for so many...

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Instagram Tips

Instagram Tips

Wish you could be at a retreat/event? Just want to see tons of pictures of knitting/crochet projects and yarn? Instagram is perfect for that. I know a number of you already use Instagram, but I know not everyone is there. Whether it's because you're not comfortable with Instagram and/or don't know how to use it or you're not sure why you'd even want to be on Instagram, I hope the tips that I share below will help you. (And those who already use IG, I have some recommended hashtags, so be sure to check that part out.) Why Use Instagram? The...

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