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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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Difference Between Knitting and Crocheting

What's the Difference Between Knitting and Crocheting?

March 24, 2020 2 min read

If you are new to crafting with yarn, you may wonder what's the difference between knitting and crocheting. It's understandable because the two styles share many similarities but they are also very different in many ways.
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Give Back with Knitting

7 Ways to Use Knitting to Give Back to Your Community

March 10, 2020 3 min read

There are so many special things about the knitting community, but the one that stands out is our tremendous capacity to give. We convert our hearts, our souls, our labor into our magnificent creations. We create warmth. We create comfort. We create style. We do this with our own hands. We then selflessly share our creations and ourselves with those in need. We pour our love, our frustrations, our trauma into our textiles and then we selflessly give them to help others. As a community, this has become our defining act.   
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Knitters are happier people

Knitters Are Happier People- Here's Why

March 03, 2020 2 min read

As knitters, we proudly exclaim, "Knitters are happier people!" We may seem biased, but we have actual research on our side. There are so many reasons why knitters are happier. 
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Best Knitting Blogs

Top 7 Best Knitting Blogs for 2020

February 18, 2020 3 min read

We are settling comfortably into 2020 and the knitting community has not disappointed so far this year. Our top 7 best knitting blogs are energized and ready to go. From vibrant yarns to perfect techniques, knitting is off to an amazing start this year.
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DIY Knit Weighted Blanket

Make Your Own DIY Weighted Blanket

February 10, 2020 2 min read

Whether you struggle with anxiety or simply love a giant, cozy hug, weighted blankets are amazing self-care. If you haven't heard of a weighted blanket, it is an extra heavy thick blanket that evenly distributes pressure to your whole body, providing security. They are soft, secure, and have multiple benefits. Think of a weighted blanket like a safe cocoon. 
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What Is Worsted Weight Yarn?

What Is Worsted Weight Yarn?

February 04, 2020 2 min read

f you have heard the term "worsted weight yarn" and you aren't sure exactly what it means, we are here to help. As you know, yarn comes in various shapes and sizes ranging from nearly invisibly thin to a rope-like thickness. Worsted weight is the yarn that sits right in the middle of yarn weight spectrum. It is the most popular yarn weight because it is perfect for knitting sweaters, blankets, and scarves. Think of it as the perfect all purpose yarn.
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The Ultimate Guide to Hand Dyed Yarn

The Ultimate Guide to Hand Dyed Yarn

January 28, 2020 3 min read

Can you think of anything more magical than transforming a plain white skein of yarn into a kaleidoscope of deep, rich colour? This is the exquisite beauty ofhand dyed yarn.  
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