Bamboo Fiber – Fact vs Fiction

Consumers are being duped by misleading claims touting the environmental attributes of bamboo yarn and textiles. These products are being sold as “eco-friendly”. The premise that bamboo textiles are environmentally friendly is based on the self-sustainable nature of the plant. The following takes a closer look at the manufacturing processes used to form bamboo fiber,…

The Pros And Cons of Knitting With Cotton

Summer is usually the time knitters think about making a project with cotton. There are always pros and cons to the fibers that make up a yarn. Cotton is no exception, and there are characteristics about cotton that make it desirable to knit with, if you choose your project accordingly. Cotton Pros Tightly spun yarns…

Silk – The Fiber Wooed For Centuries

Legend has it that silk was discovered by a Chinese empress, when a cocoon fell from a tree into her tea, and extruded its fine filament. Thus were the beginnings of this brilliant fiber that has been wooed, prompted thievery, and created the longest road in China, the ancient trade route between China and Rome….

How to Deal With Those Annoying Pills on Your Fabric

Is your favourite sweater covered in pills? We’ve all experienced those unattractive, fuzzy balls on the surface of sweaters and other textiles. These balls of fibers are called pills. Pills are the short fibers or fibrils entangled on the surface of a textile, that are caused by abrasion or friction. Abrasion occurs in areas of…

My Love Affair With Wool

Wool is the oldest protein fiber, and by far is the  most popular fiber to knit with. Wool is the hair grown on sheep, and is so preeminent that knitters often describe any yarn as “wool”, regardless of its fiber content. It certainly is my favourite to knit with for its amazing properties, but also…

What is there to say about PINS?

Pins Every knitter needs a selection of rustproof pins in their toolbox. Sewing pins are not recommended because they split stitches, and get lost in knit fabric. There are three types of pins commonly used for knitting – straight pins, T-pins, and safety pins. Long, straight pins (knitter’s pins) with blunt tips and large, colorful heads…

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…