Are You a Lover of Multi-Colored Yarns?

Today, self-patterning and hand dyed yarns are popular amongst artisans and knitters. I love the vivid colorways of Noro, and the subtle gradation of one color in kettle dyed Malabrigo. As you knit with self-patterning sock yarns, you don’t have to change colors, and a complex pattern appears before your eyes. Every knitter is different in their response to…

The End Of The Old: Joining A New Ball Of Yarn

Eventually, you’ll run out of yarn and will have to join a new ball of yarn. Whenever possible join the new yarn at the beginning of a row. Joining yarn elsewhere in a row is unavoidable when colour knitting or knitting in the round. The yarn required to complete a row is approximately equal to…

The Truth About Dye Lots

Today, I thought I would talk about dye lots and their importance. Dyeing is the application of colour to textiles. Yarn is dyed in batches or lots. Dye lots are numbers stamped onto the ball band, and it’s not uncommon for the same colour to vary from one dye lot to another. Solid colors are…

Summer Knitting

Well, it’s summer time once again, an all too short season in Canada. It’s a fact that knitters do fewer projects during the summer months. You hear all sorts of reasons for not knitting  – “doesn’t it make you feel hot, knitting with wool?” or “I’m outdoors a lot doing other work, like gardening”. Granted,…