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Knitting Tips and Tricks

Finding Time to Knit

Finding Time to Knit

In one of my newsletter surveys, I asked about your biggest knitting challenge. And one of the answers that popped up over and over was that many of you were having difficulty finding time to knit. One person even wrote, "Any tips on inventing a time machine?" I don't have a time machine, alas, nor do I have access to the Time Turner Hermione used. But I do have a few tips to offer. With knitting being more hobby and luxury these days than a necessity for clothing yourself and your family, it can be hard to carve out time...

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The Benefit of Keeping Your Stash in Ravelry

The Benefit of Keeping Your Stash in Ravelry

Keeping track of what's in your stash can be a bit daunting, but listing your stash in Ravelry can help you keep up with it. Plus, once you've got your stash entered, there are a lot of things you can do with it that will help in planning your projects. If you don't know how to add yarn to your Ravelry stash, I've created a tutorial video for how to do so. Take the time to add your stash to Ravelry. If you've never done it before and you have a large stash, it could seem overwhelming, but split your yarn...

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Using a Digital Scale

Using a Digital Scale

Do you have a digital scale? Do you use it in your knitting or crochet? Are you wondering why and how you might use one? My scale is an important part of my knitting equipment, and I hope it will be for you as well if it's not already. First, what kind of scale should you get? You want one that measures in grams because that will give you more accurate measurements than one that weighs in ounces (unless you get one that weighs to the tenth or hundredth ounce). The scale accuracy can be to the gram or to...

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Using Ravelry Yarn Database to Find Pattern Suggestions

Using Ravelry Yarn Database to Find Pattern Suggestions

Do you have yarn in your stash that you just don't know what to do with yet? I'd be shocked if you didn't say yes as I'm sure almost everyone has at least one skein stashed without a pattern idea to go with it. (I know I have way more than one skein that meets that!) So what can you do to help find a pattern to match up to the yarn? Ravelry to the rescue! Ravelry offers quite a few different ways to help you figure out which pattern to choose. Check Other Projects Using the Yarn First and...

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Don’t Fall Asleep While Knitting!

Don’t Fall Asleep While Knitting!

My son is in bed for the night, and my husband is at a baseball game. I have the whole house to myself and time to knit. I curl up in my super comfy reading chair, start up an audiobook, and get out my knitting. Before I know it, the audiobook has skipped ahead a few chapters and my head is sagging over my no-longer-moving knitting needles. Did I fall asleep? Has something similar ever happened to you? Your day has been busy but finally you have some time to knit, yet you find yourself falling asleep. Perhaps you're working...

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