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…

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…

It’s All About The Yarn: Getting To Know Fibers

The knitting process begins with the yarn. Your project will come to life by the inherent qualities of the yarn, and how it is knitted, that is the combination of the yarn, stitch pattern, and the tools. For this post, I want to address fibers, the raw materials of yarn, and in a later post…

What Needles Can Do For You

  Just as a painter uses brushes to achieve strokes and textures, a knitter uses needles. As your knitting years go by, your needle collection will grow. My collection is huge, from trying many different types in search of the best needle for the job. Needles are manufactured in a variety of materials, range of diameters…

Knitting With Mohair: The It Fiber For Fall 2014

Mohair sweaters are prevalent in the Fall Collections for 2014. It is a luxury fiber, with a lustrous sheen, that is durable, lightweight, and warm. However, its prized qualities can make it a challenge to knit with, particularly for beginners. Understanding its properties, and learning some tips can help anyone to knit with this fiber….