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…

New E-book: It’s All About The Yarn

The yarn store is like paradise for the knitter. Walking into a yarn store is to experience an immense color palette and tactile pleasures. Choosing the perfect yarn for a project is largely determined by its fiber properties and its construction. This e-book looks at the fibers and the construction of hand knitting yarns. I’ve also included a…

The Pros And Cons of Knitting With Cotton

Spring/summer is the time we tend to think about knitting a project with cotton. As with any fiber, there are pros and cons, but there are certainly things about cotton that make it desirable if you choose your project accordingly. Cotton Pros Its high strength creates a durable fabric; perfect for such items as dish…

It’s All About The Yarn: Yarn Construction

My last “It’s All About The Yarn” post I discussed getting to know fibers. In this post, I look at the part of the manufacturing process, in which the fibers are spun into yarn – yarn construction. YARN CONSTRUCTION Yarn selection is an enjoyable part of knitting. The variety of yarns has expanded enormously since the late 1950s when…