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7 Reasons Why You Should Knit With Hand Dyed Yarn

7 Reasons Why You Should Knit With Hand Dyed Yarn

August 01, 2022 3 min read 0 Comments

If you are under the impression that hand-dyed yarn is overpriced and you can buy the same thing in the commercial yarn store for cheaper, this article is for you. There are distinct differences between commercially dyed yarns and hand-dyed yarn. If you have never had the pleasure of knitting with hand-dyed yarn, we highly recommend it.
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Get serious about your knitting

Ways to Get More Serious About Your Knitting

July 26, 2022 3 min read 0 Comments

Whether you have been knitting for decades or recently picked up knitting as a fun hobby, there are ways to get more serious about your knitting. Perhaps you want to knit more often or learn a new stitch technique. Maybe there is a knitting project you want to tackle, but haven't yet made the commitment. In this blog post, we will talk about several ways to get more serious about your knitting- whatever that means for you.
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Common knitting styles

Understand the 5 Knitting Styles

July 19, 2022 2 min read 0 Comments

With so many ways to knit, it is likely that you have adapted your own styles and techniques that work well for you. Maybe you wrap your yarn around your neck or knit left-handed. Like anything else, knitters develop unique habits that make their knitting personal to them. At the core of knitting, there are five commonly accepted styles and that is what we are going to talk about today.
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How to Condo Knit

How to Condo Knit

June 23, 2022 2 min read 0 Comments

If you have been knitting for many years, you may have heard of condo knitting. This type of stitch was very popular in the 1970s and 1980s and has recently made a comeback. 
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Knitting and ADHD

The Benefits of Knitting to Cope with ADHD

June 14, 2022 2 min read 0 Comments

People who are diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety, or other types of chronic restlessness may find themselves fidgeting in many different ways. Research has shown that fidgeting can help release excess energy, allowing the brain to focus on what it is trying to process. Many people with ADHD rely on knitting as their fidget of choice for several reasons.
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tips for eco-friendly knitting

7 Tips for Eco-Friendly Knitting

May 30, 2022 3 min read 0 Comments

We are always looking for new ways to reduce our carbon footprint. Investing several hours of your time and energy to craft something by hand is eco-friendly by nature, but we wondered if our knitting could have even less of an impact on our environment. After a bit of investigating, we came up with these seven tips for ensuring that your knitting is eco-friendly.

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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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embellishments to add to knitting

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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publish knitting pattern on amazon

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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