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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.