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ethical and sustainable cashmere

What Is Ethical and Sustainable Cashmere?

May 25, 2022 2 min read 0 Comments

Cashmere is a favorite among knitters. It is ultra-soft and super luxurious.Yarn blended with cashmere is fun to knit and results in a high-end knitted garment. In recent years, the democratization and overproduction of cashmere has resulted in claims that cashmere is unethical and not sustainable. Many cashmere lovers have switched to alpaca as a sustainable alternative to cashmere. Many brands have found ethical ways to source cashmere and that is what we will dive into here.
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Teddy Bear Knitting Projects

5 Fun Teddy Bear Knitting Projects

May 16, 2022 2 min read 0 Comments

Teddy bears are a childhood staple for most people. They evoke sweet memories of innocence and nostalgia of yesteryears. If you have never knitted a cuddly teddy bear, the project can range from beginner to expert, depending on the pattern. Knitted teddy bears make thoughtful gifts.
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Truth about knitting subscription boxes

The Truth About Knitting Subscription Boxes

April 27, 2022 2 min read 0 Comments

Have you been considering a subscription to a knitting box? There are so many available out there now and it can be tempting to dive right in. Zen Yarn Garden offered a subscription box at one point in time and then we transitioned toknitting kits. We are here to talk about the pros and cons of knitting subscription boxes.
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Fun Embellishments to Add to Your Knitting

April 19, 2022 2 min read 0 Comments

If you are ready to spice up your knitting a bit, consider adding embellishments. They are quick and easy and great for adding a bit of complexity to any knitted garment. With so many ways to embellish your knitting projects, we list our favorites here.
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Benefits of Knitting with Merino Wool

Benefits of Knitting with Merino Wool

April 12, 2022 2 min read 0 Comments

High quality knitting is synonymous with merino wool. The indisputable advantages of creating hand knitted wool garments are plentiful. Merino wool is one of the world's most popular fabric materials, but the history of the fiber is not commonly understood.
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How to Publish Your Knitting Patterns on Amazon

March 23, 2022 3 min read 0 Comments

Are you a fairly experienced knitter who loves creating original knitting patterns? Maybe you have offered a few free patterns on Ravelry or even sold them on Etsy. If this sounds like you and you are ready to scale up and make some real money, it is time to consider Amazon KDP.
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How to mosaic knit

How to Get Started with Mosaic Knitting

March 15, 2022 2 min read 0 Comments

There are  many ways to add color to your knitting. Striping, intarsia, and variegated yarn are a few ways- but have you heard of mosaic knitting? Mosaic knitting is a little known way to add color that is perfect for beginners and experienced knitters alike. If you are a fairly new knitter and have been afraid to dive into color knitting, mosaic knitting is a great place to start. 
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Knitting in solidarity

Knitting in Solidarity

March 09, 2022 2 min read 0 Comments

We are part of a powerful, creative fabric arts community. We mostly sit in the background, not garnering attention or notoriety- happy to be quietly knitting. While dark, frightening news dominates our news channels and social media feeds, we feel that it is important to illuminate the wonderful contributions the knitting community has already made to Ukraine. If you have not yet contributed and want to, keep reading for some fabulous ways to knit in solidarity.
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how to felt your knitting

How to Felt Your Knitting (On Purpose)

February 22, 2022 3 min read 0 Comments

We take great care of our knitted garments- hand washing with gentle detergent, laying out to dry, etc. We want to maintain the integrity of our carefully stitched garment so that it will last for years to come. However, if you are looking to transform your knitted piece into a fabulous, fabric-like garment, you will love felting. Seeing each carefully composed stitch in a garment is lovely- but sometimes you want a sweater with thick, soft, fuzzy fibers that looks like a continuous fabric. 
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5 Fun Ways to Add Color to Your Knitting

February 15, 2022 2 min read 0 Comments

As the colder months draw to an end, you may be thinking about knitting projects with bright pops of color. Whether you are a beginner or intermediate knitter, there are lots of fun ways to add color to your knitted garments. In this article, we talk about a few of our favorite ways.
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Steps for Knitting Your First Sweater

Steps for Knitting Your First Sweater

February 07, 2022 2 min read 0 Comments

Are you bored with knitting scarves and ready to move up to knitting a sweater? Knitting a sweater means that you've arrived in the knitting world! Very few things are more exciting.
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Knitting Pet Projects

10 Adorable Knitting Projects for Your Pet

January 25, 2022 3 min read 0 Comments

The pet industry in North America is estimated to be more than $110 billion this year and is expected to grow at a rate of 5% by 2025. We love our pets and it shows in how we invest our time and money. Knitters are no exception. The knitting community has created an unlimited number of creative and fun projects for our furry friends and we have compiled a list of our favorites. 
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