It’s Okay To Be Neurotic About Caring For Your Hand Knits

Call me weird, but I’m neurotic about taking care of my wardrobe, especially my hand knits. Why not when you spend many hours making something beautiful. One of my favorite business sites is The Laundress, a company based in New York City who have taken fabric care to a whole new level. The Laundress specializes in…

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One of my favorite magazines is Interweave Knits, and I was pleased to see the latest Spring 2017 issue on the racks. It’s a great issue; one of the themes is “Ship to Shore”, loaded with cable pattern stitch garments. The Charlestown Pullover pictured above by Cheryl Crow is one I’d like to add to…

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If you were a knitter during the early 1980s, Kaffe Fassett was the knitter extraordinaire, revolutionizing knitting at the time, applying his keen sense of colour and texture, and his relationship with Rowan Yarns. The above wrap was first released in 2007 by Fassett in Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze. The same wrap is updated using the latest colors of Kidsilk Haze,…

Important Knitting Tasks When Shaping Garments

Shaping knitted garments requires working increases and decreases where the fabric conforms to body contours – waist, side seams, neck, armholes, and sleeves. Most hand knit garments are shaped along the outside edges. “At the same time” and “Reverse shaping” are two necessary tasks that need to be dealt with when shaping garments. “At the same…

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The latest trend and Danish word of the year for 2016 is “Hygge” referring to a lifestyle, broadly defined as anything that makes you feel content and comfortable. I liken it to “cocooning”, a term coined in 1981 by Faith Popcorn, trend forecaster and marketing consultant. It was defined as home-focused behaviour, people snug in their homes…

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Designers always say how difficult it is to make a simply structured design look professional. I believe this, as the workmanship has to be perfect, well almost perfect. This design by Amy Christoffers for Churchmouse Yarns is a great example of simplicity at its best, worked in Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca elevated by a few design…