A need for mindless knitting led me to make a blanket from scratch, using up leftover yarn in the process.
There are a wide variety of knitting and crochet patterns available for projects inspired by The Lord of the Rings including wearables appropriate for humans, elves, and dwarves. My favorites are for gauntlets, shawls, helmets, and – surprise! – beards. NOTE: Any pattern that I link to is something I thought looked cool. I don't... Continue Reading →
As an introvert, it's easy to think that I don't need to belong to groups, especially for activities that I normally do by myself. I've been a knitter for decades, but have never joined a club. When a friend asked me to join a small on-going group of knitters for a weekly get-together, my eyes... Continue Reading →
I love knitting socks. I've made so many pairs that I have my favorite pattern memorized. At the same time, doing the same thing over and over can be a little tedious. New approaches to a familiar activity can liven things up. Unfortunately, working with a new pattern also has it's challenges. An interesting book... Continue Reading →
Even for those who don't know anything about textiles, Threads Around the World: From Arabian Weaving to Batik in Zimbabwe by Deb Brandon is a beautiful book. The photographs are rich and colorful, augmenting the text without replacing it. A textile sampler that talks about weaving, dyeing, knitting, and embroidery traditions from many different cultures,... Continue Reading →
To calculate the number of stitches you need for my pattern for a flat circle, you need to measure a stitch in your swatch. Units don't matter. You can use inches, millimeters, whatever you like, as long as you use the same units for both width and height. Looking at the smooth side of a... Continue Reading →