An Experience Not To Be Missed – Cashmere

Owning a classic cashmere knit garment has always been a cherished symbol of luxury fashion. The UK is home to some of the most famous cashmere knit manufacturers and retailers. This beautiful chunky knit turtleneck for Fall/Winter 2018 is designed in 100% Mongolian cashmere from one such store, N. Peal. In October, I walked into this…

Is Graph Paper in Your Knitter’s Toolbox?

If you’re anything like me, you prefer designing with paper and pen. Grid or graph paper is very useful for drawing precise schematics, charting pattern shaping, and charting colorwork for Fair Isle and Intarsia. There are two types of graph paper, standard graph paper with a square grid, and specialized knitters graph paper with a…

Double Pointed Needles (dpns)

As the name suggests, double pointed needles have points at both ends, they come in sets of four or five, and are made in the same materials as for straight and circular needles. Double pointed needles range in length from 10cm(4in) to 20cm(8in), and longer. Double pointed needles are used when the circumference of the…

Let’s Talk Alpaca

This summer has been a record breaking hot one. This fact alone makes it difficult to think about knitting cozy garments for Fall/Winter 2018. However, I still want to discuss alpaca fiber, one of the natural hair fibers that has been bred for thousands of years for its excellent quality. Alpaca is an option that…

Addi Flip Stix – The Perfect Double Pointed Needles For My Project

It’s important to find the right needles for a project, and recently I needed short, 6 inch double pointed needles to knit sleeves in the round with fine mohair. I tried bamboo needles, but the mohair stitches didn’t glide smoothly across them. I also tried metal, but the aluminum ones I had in my collection…

How A Yarn’s Characteristics Affect Your Knit Fabric

  That beautiful ball of yarn goes through many transformations before you find it in your hands, wanting to turn it into something amazing. Everything that goes into yarn production, from the natural or synthetic fibers it’s made of, how its dyed, spun, twisted, and wound into a ball affects the fabric you’re knitting. So…

Confusing Terms Found On Yarn Labels

Yarns are packaged with paper ball bands containing information to help you choose the most appropriate yarn for your projects. I outline this information in my e-book “It’s All About The Yarn”. The following are “confusing terms” you may find on yarn labels. Yarn Weight – Typically you won’t see the weight category (thickness of…

The Ultimate Summer Yarn – Linen

100% linen is one of my favorite, albeit underrated yarn. “Linen” is a generic term to describe flax fiber, woven textiles, and yarn. It is made from the stem of the flax plant, a bast fiber. Many flax species have beautiful blue flowers sitting on a high stem. The plant is cultivated as a food…

Am I Really Allergic To Wool?

When I owned a yarn retail business, one of the most common complaints I heard from customers, was that they couldn’t wear anything wool, because they were “allergic”. I am going to set the record straight, because wool doesn’t deserve a bad rap. In my posts, “My Love Affair With Wool” and “It’s All About…

Fiber Properties That Can Be Your Friend Or Foe

It always amazes me that you can take two sticks, some yarn and create a fabric. Yes, knitting is one of the categories of fabrics. I’ve discussed fibers and yarn construction in my ebook It’s All About The Yarn.  I want to take a closer look at some often neglected fiber properties that affect your…