Can you really fix a shrunken sweater?

Marketing advertisements at their worst present information that is either completely false or deceptive. Marketing products on the internet, which promote better health of humans can tread on dangerous territory. The internet is also filled with DIY hacks for fixing the endless number of household problems, some worthy of trying, some not so much. I…

Blocking Wires

Knitting gadgets and accessories are as abundant as for any other craft. Most of the time, the basics are all that’s required to get the job done. Recently, I splurged or rather indulged in purchasing a blocking wire set. Historically, lace knit shawls were blocked using thin wires or even strong lengths of cotton thread,…

How To Put Your Cardigan Or Sweater Together

“How To Put Your Cardigan Or Sweater Together” is one of my most popular posts, so I wanted to update it and add some information that wasn’t included initially. I think this type of topic is an essential how-to, and is a basic topic that is often overlooked in books and even knitting classes. Assembling a…

Blocking is Magic!

I’ve professed the benefits of blocking in previous posts and this phrase “yarn + water = magic” is apropos. Yarn really does come to life in water, and will reveal its good and bad properties. Blocking your gauge swatch helps to determine the appropriateness of the yarn for a project, and also makes it easier to measure…

Details Do Matter: Secrets To Better Knitting

You should knit how you like, but one of the secrets about the knitting journey is details do matter, if what you desire is a project that looks like it was knit in a skillful manner. From my experience this list includes my top secrets to better knitting: Gauge is key. If you want a project…