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…

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…