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Understanding Knitting Needles

Beginner's Guide to Understanding Knitting Needle Size

July 13, 2020 3 min read

As a beginner knitter, you may have stood in the knitting needle aisle staring wide eyed at the options. Or maybe you scrolled through page after page of knitting needles in your favorite online knitting store without a clue about which one to purchase. We have all been there and we hope to clear things up for you now. 
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A Brief History of Knitting

A Brief History of Knitting

June 30, 2020 3 min read

Anyone who loves socks, sweaters, scarves, and big comfy blankets owes a big "Thanks" to the craft of knitting. The repetitive process of creating interlocking loops with yarn and needles is responsible for the most gorgeous and high quality garments in existence. 
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10 Knitting Supplies Every New Knitter Needs

10 Knitting Supplies Every New Knitter Needs

June 26, 2020 2 min read 1 Comment

Knitting is considered to be a minimalist hobby. It can be enjoyed virtually anywhere and doesn't require many supplies. As with most hobbies, there are always some extras that spice things up a bit.
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Turn Your Knitting into a Side Hustle

How to Turn Your Knitting Into a Side Hustle

June 16, 2020 3 min read

Do you love to knit but also love to make extra money? If your yarn and pattern shopping has gotten a bit out of hand and you love the prospect of earning money with your favorite hobby, you will love these ideas.  
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Connect to Knitting Community

5 Ways to Stay Connected to the Knitting Community

June 02, 2020 2 min read

Depending on where you are located, you may have been feeling pretty isolated for a while now. Maybe your regular knitting group hasn't been meeting for a few months and you are desperate for some interaction. The knitting community is a tight *knit* group and we rely on each other in more ways that we originally recognized. If you are desperate to reconnect with your knitting community, keep reading for a few of our best ideas. 
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Staying at Home Is Simple When You Knit

Staying at Home Is Simple When You Knit

May 27, 2020 2 min read

Only knitters understand how beautifully relaxing and therapeutic the rhythm of active knitting needles are to the soul. With hands engaged, your mind can wander and decompress. Knitting has even been compared to yoga when considering themental health benefits. Watch a movie, chat with a friend, or listen to your favorite tunes all while busily knitting a beautiful piece.  
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First Knitting Project

Tips for Starting Your First Knitting Project

May 18, 2020 2 min read

Let's start by saying, "CONGRATS." The knitting community welcomes you and you are now part of a very cool group of people called "makers." As with most things, there are pros and cons to knitting. 
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Knitter's Guide to Knitting Terms

The New Knitter's Guide to Knitting Terms

April 28, 2020 3 min read

Learning a new craft also means learning a new language, in a way. The knitting community has a complete set of jargon that new knitters will need to learn to thrive. From knitting stitches to types of yarn and gauges, it may all seem so out of reach. We have compiled the most common knitting terms in hopes of making your new hobby a bit easier to learn.
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What is Knitting Gauge

What is Yarn Gauge and Why Does It Matter?

April 22, 2020 2 min read

When you are new to knitting, the terminology can be confusing. Skein, gauge, ply, strand, weight- what does it all mean? One of the most common questions we hear is, "Why don't you post yarn gauge in the yarn product descriptions?" 

The simple answer is- gauge is unique to each individual knitter. But, there is a more in depth explanation that may help.

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Stay Busy During COVID

5 Productive Ways to Stay Busy While Sheltering in Place

April 14, 2020 3 min read

Let's start by clarifying that during this challenging time, it is absolutely fine to NOT be productive. We are all under unimaginable stress and sometimes the best we can do is to simply get through the day. Surviving another day in this new COVID19 world is an accomplishment worth celebration. 

However, if you are beginning to get antsy and need some activity ideas to take your mind off the tragic news, these are our best ideas.

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How to care for knitted garments

How to Care for Hand Knitted Garments

April 07, 2020 2 min read

Creating and gifting handmade treasures is part of the joy of knitting. Your hard work will be coveted for years to come as long as your garments are cared for properly. Consider providing a hand knit care guide with each knitted gift you give.
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5 styles of knitting to try

5 Knitting Styles to Try Today

March 31, 2020 2 min read

As you become a more experienced knitter, you will undoubtedly develop your own style. Maybe you use more or less tension than average, or maybe you don't wrap your yarn around your fingers in the traditional way. There are hundreds of ways to hold your yarn. The exact way you knit is specific to you, like a fingerprint.
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