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Knitting Tips and Tricks

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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How to get through obligation projects

How to get through obligation projects

Last year, I posted on Instagram and asked what others did to motivate themselves when working on a project that you wanted to finish but which you didn't feel motivated to work on at the moment. I got some great answers (bribery seem to be the most common response), and I've been thinking about other ways to provide motivation, so I'm including a few suggestions here.So if you have a project that you need to finish (say...for a holiday gift...), here are some ways to motivate yourself: Bribery Some people might suggest that you limit yourself: something like you can't...

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Why You Should Use the Ravelry Queue

Why You Should Use the Ravelry Queue

When I first started using Ravelry, I didn't completely understand the queue feature. I used it as a place to save all of the patterns that I thought I might want to knit some day. Now, instead of doing that, I use the favorites feature to save patterns I might want to knit and the queue feature to save patterns that I'm truly planning to knit, usually those projects where I already have the yarn. And if you use the queue in this way, it can be very powerful. First, if you haven't used the queue before or are unclear...

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Storing Your Yarn Stash

Storing Your Yarn Stash

In episode 6 of my podcast, I answered a viewer question about how I store my stash. So if you're curious about that, check out the Questions for Karen section of that episode (jump straight to that point of the episode). Before we get into some practical suggestions for how to store stash, keep these thoughts in mind: Consider your environment: do you need to worry about pests such as moths or carpet beetles? Humidity? Cats? Kids? As much as you might want to display your stash, make sure to keep it safe. Out of sight, out of mind. If possible,...

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