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This Weeks Knitting Posts

Learn about cables, handspinning, fingerless gloves, take control of that yarn, and knit in the round with circular needles.

Knitting News

Knitters BioAs a consummate do-it-yourselfer I’ve been a handspinner for many years. Although there are a lot of challenges in learning to create the types of yarn needed for different projects, the satisfaction and creativity of handspinning is more than worth it.

One other advantage of handspun yarn is that you not only save a ton of money, but over time end up with so much yarn that you are never short for starting a new project! I love the colors and textures that are possible with blending different types of fibers and dye batches.

So I was very excited to find a nice beginning video on handspinnng by Patti the Garden Girl. If you have been thinking about learning to spin, this is a great inspirational clip. It’s not long, doesn’t go deep into the how-to, but is enough to help a beginner get motivated.

Click here for: How to Hand Spin Wool and Fibers

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My computer program on Knitknitting.com has found some great new tidbits for us this week:

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Circular Needles

Circular needles take the hassle out of  hats, leg warmers, and sweaters. They are fabulous for knitting in the round, and are also great for knitting large things that would not fit on a traditional straight needle. In case anyone has not started using circular needles, we’ve found a nice tutorial. Click here for a video on: How to Knit on Circular Needles.

One problem with circular needles is that you need so many of them!  Not only do projects call for different thicknesses of circular needles, but they also require different lengths. You can’t knit a project smaller than the diameter of the needles you are working with. We found a nice set of bamboo circular needles that will help add to your collection: Bamboo Circular Needles.

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Darice Yarn Holder TubeYarn Holder Tube: Here’s a great idea, a jar you can keep your yarn in to prevent tangles. We are showing one from Amazon.com, but this certainly wouldn’t be hard to make from a jar or plastic container with a lid. In fact, I was inspired by the picture and grabbed an old Tupperware cereal container from my shelf, stuck my center-pull ball in it, with the yarn threaded out the top hole, and started knitting away. It was very nice to have the yarn off the floor.

Okay, I’ll admit I look pretty silly knitting out of a cereal container, and the store-bought one would look much nicer, but what the heck! It was free and instant. Click here for the Yarn Holder Tube.

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Socks: I love knitting socks. Turning heels are not scary, they just aren’t! Once you get through your first one you’ll be hooked forever. A heel is nothing more than a spot in a tube where you add more stitches to create a bump. A well formed heel will also be thicker down the backside where it rubs on the shoe. Watch your hands do it one time and it will make total sense.

This week I’d like to point you to two resources for knitting socks. One is my traditional pattern over at SpinCraftPatterns.com, and the other is a comprehensive book on socks.

Best Socks Knitting Pattern: This pattern walks you through, step-by-step, breath-by-breath, in starting a sock that fits, working through the heel, and finishing up that toe. Many knitting stores use this pattern to teach sock classes, because of the friendly, easy to follow instructions.

Book of Socks: This is the ultimate guide to creating socks that fit well and feel great. This book guides you through yarn selection, needle size, and the ultimate in heel turning. A great guide for sock lovers of all ages!

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Knitting Pattern
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Fingerless Gloves: I love these! Although fingerless gloves leave your fingers out in the cold, and wouldn’t be all that great for chopping wood or ice fishing, they are fabulous for wearing around a chilly house and even as a fashion accessory. It’s amazing how comfortable they are, and how keeping your wrists warm heats up your body core. We have a video and free pattern for a set of fingerless gloves from the Casing On Coach. This set has a nice Trinity St pattern detail that sets off the beautiful shape when worn. Click here for the video: Fingerless Glove Pattern

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Knitting Stitch
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Learn How to Knit a Basic Cable: This is a how-to video on how to grab those cable sts and knit them out of sequence to create the cable twist. Some cables can be incredibly complex, but if you learn the basic cable technique (and how to read the patterns!) you can knit any cable. Click here for: Knit a Basic Cable

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Traditional
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Youtube is turning out to be a needed tool for cultural preservation. It is full of so many videos on traditional fiber arts, and that is a very very good thing. This week we are featuring a video with a Navajo woman teaching her son to weave. Although weaving is often a woman’s job, it is having a resurgence and all can participate.

Click here for: Navajo Weaving (You will also find this video cataloged in our Traditional category.)

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Christmas Funny
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Yes. I’m a big jokester, so I couldn’t help putting in a video for a punchline at Funnyformoney.com.

This is for the punchline: Jon Stewart has declared war on Christmas…

I mean, really? Does he think he can beat Christmas?

Click here for a laugh

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Till We Meet Again
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Once again, the newsletter got a bit long! But I can’t help it. There is so much amazing stuff to keep us inspired as knitters. We can’t do it all, and take advantage of it all, but knitting is a visual sport as much as a doing sport. I love looking at all the variety of textures, colors and project ideas that can be created, even if I can’t do them all in my lifetime.

It seems to be a basic rule of handspinners and knitters that we always have a 110 year backlog of projects. Keeps us young I guess!

So until next time, Happy Knitting

Connie Delaney

 

Knitting in December

December is often a fast flurry of finishing up knitting projects before Christmas. We have some fast and beautiful projects to help!

Knitting News

Knitters BioBrrrrr… We are cold here in Idaho, but I don’t mind. I’m going to kick back this evening, stoke the stove up, and finish a knitting project.

Like many knitters, I am looking at the calendar and going, “Opps!” Time is quickly running out to get my Christmas presents done. So I can’t waste a minute.

I also very much enjoy watching money not gush out of my pockets as the day of giving approaches, and feel a bit of pride that I am contributing to a greater sense of care with my handcrafted gifts. I’m also helping out all my friends and family who seem to be keeping the heat turned down a few more notches than they used to!

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The streaming engine on KnitKnitting.com has picked up some amazing training videos and ideas for the week. Here is a sampling of the best:

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Weekend Hats:

The scrumptious pictures in this book are enough to make me want to pick up some new yarn and start knitting… and the idea of getting an entire project done in a weekend is all the more enticing. This is a compilation of hat patterns from 21 designers in one beautiful collection.
Click here for more:

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Diagonal Eyelet Mosiac Pattern

Isn’t this beautiful! This pattern combines a diagonal mosaic pattern with a lacy twist.  This would make a lovely sweater, shawl or blanket.

The pattern  is from Vogue Knitting Stitch a Day Calendar, and the training video is posted to Youtube by “Knitting and Purling” blog. She does a great job in teaching the stitch visually .

Click here to see: Diagonal Mosiac Knitting Pattern

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African Tote

I am starting to have so many projects laying around by my TV Chair that this large-size woven tote caught my eye. I like it because it stands up by itself and will be easy to reach in and grab what I want.

Click here for the African Tote

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Knit Headband

We are featuring a full 5-part video series on knitting a quick headband. Each video is very short, and a full write-up of the pattern is also included

Here’s the Headband

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As always, there are more things than I can hope to go through in this short newsletter including:

 

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Over at SpinCraft Patterns we are all set for a new pattern… but not quite ready.  If you ever think that getting a knitting newsletter once a week is too much… try creating a new pattern each week! Of course it can’t be done, or shouldn’t be done, and I wouldn’t even try. The only reason it came to mind was because I actually did a pattern a week for two weeks in November!

I have finished my baby blanket, but have yet to work in the ends, wash, block and write up the pattern. With a little bit of luck it will be ready for next Tuesday’s newsletter

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Till We Meet Again
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As always, come and leave questions, suggestions and your own knitting knowledge in the comments section. As we get more comments we’ll start to include pertinent ones along with the newsletter.

There is so much great stuff available, but I strive each week to keep the newsletter short. So I’ll sign off with this.

The goal is to have a short newsletter each Tuesday with something to wet your appetite for the fiber arts, and each Friday to send a quick Stitch of the Week and Pattern of the Week. So see you soon!

Happy Knitting

Connie Delaney

New for the Week

Knitters BioThis week we’ve got fiber artists from around the world, knitting two things at one time, socks, and cute gifts.

Knitting News

Hello again everyone. As always, I am amazed at the fiber knowledge I find online, and inspired to finish up some projects of my own.

Today was quite chilly, and my ankles were feeling drafty under my desk. It turned out to be a great time to finish up the ankle warmers I started a month ago.

What’s cool about this project is that I knit the two pieces of the set at the same time on one needle using double knitting. When I was done, pulled one out of the other and presto! A pair! I’ve posted the pattern to SpinCraft Patterns, and also made a Youtube video showing how to do the double knitting.

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Ankle Warmers: It’s that time of year when it is nice to keep the ankles warm. This floppy pair of leg warmers suits the bill, and not only that… the pattern is written so you can knit them both at the same time, one inside the other, using double knitting.

It’s a little crazy to learn, but so worth it! Double Knitting makes the project extra fun, and you don’t have to knit that second piece!

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Don’t let socks scare you: This week’s posts features two videos on Socks:

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I found some amazing… did I say AMAZING, videos on fiber arts in traditional villages. Some are in Turkish, but amazing to watch. These are women who live in areas where fiber arts are still a way of life, and they follow the old methods. It’s such a valuable thing to keep track of that I created a whole new category on KnitKnitting.com to hold them.

Watch all the Traditional videos here:
http://knitknitting.com/category/traditional/

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And finally, a cute little gift. Here is a precious little girl with her knitting and her doll: a perfect gift for the fiber artists in your life (or maybe you if you are good at giving hints)

Small Girl Knitting with Basket of Yarn

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Stitches & Patterns
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Knitting stitch of the week: Bamboo Stitch

PATTERN:

Bamboo Stitch is a 2 row repeat over an even number of sts

Row 1: K2 (YO, K2, pass YO over the 2 knit sts) rep across row. End k2

Row 2: P across row

That’s it! Just that simple.

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I’m thinking that the knitting stitches are getting lost in this newsletter… which always gets too big each week. I think I am going to turn Stitch of the Week in to an extra, very short, email that comes out on Fridays. So be looking for that. As a matter of fact, I’ll add a link to a free knitting pattern each Friday also! That will be fun.

Happy Knitting!

Connie Delaney

 

Newest Knitting Treats

The Internet and Knitting

Knitters BioWhen I first went online in 1998 I was very skeptical if being online was going to help my knitting pattern business. I only did it because my brilliant-geek brother insisted. I thought that knitters and handspinners were very non-techie people and would not be interested in computers or this new “internet” thing.

Turns out that quite the opposite is the truth. I was amazed from the beginning how many knitters and handspinners jumped into the online world with both feet. Now that some time has passed, and things have settled down a bit, I’m not surprised any more.

Knitters are intelligent, creative and detail oriented. These are the same qualities that make us perfect internet and computer users… and today’s internet certainly reflects that!

The internet has transformed the knitting experience… techniques and skills are now easily shared around the world with great enthusiasm!

  • So what if your grandmother didn’t knit: Youtube can teach you.
  • Looking for a stitch pattern… it’s simply a matter of how many you want to surf through.
  • Want to share your knitting… there are a million places to do it.

This particular website, KnitKnitting.com, is a reflection of all that. I have a program running on this site that goes out through Youtube, internet article sites, and Amazon.com and finds stuff related to knitting and fiber arts. It then sorts the stuff into various categories and posts it.

Once a week I come in and pick out my favorites (from the categories on top right) to show on the home page. What I find surprises me every time! I hope you enjoy them too!

Here’s what I’ve chosen for this week:

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Maggie Spinning:  If you do nothing else but watch this video you are going to have a good week! Watch this video of little Maggie spinning yarn on a spinning wheel and you’ll have no more excuses that you might not be able to learn to spin!

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Needle Holder Charm is just too cute, I had to “Favorite” it.

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Purl Stitch for Lefties: Here you go all you lefty loopies… how to do the purl stitch. Right handed knitters take note and bookmark this video. There will come a time when you want to show a lefty how to knit and will find it practically impossible. Stop being all thumbs and show them this video!

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Easy Lace Knitting Stitch: I love to throw in a stitch pattern each week, and this one looked great. A very easy lace stitch that lays flat and looks great. I’m going to use it for some scarf Christmas presents.

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Skein Winder Mug: Amazon.com has beautiful yarn, but I am having difficulties getting this program to find samples to post. What it did find was this mug which would make a great Christmas present for you knitting friends. So I gave it a “Favorite” for this week.

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Shaker: Quite honestly, the Tupperware shaker doesn’t have anything to do with knitting. But I posted it here just out of curiosity… You can buy Tupperware on Amazon.com????? I was a Tupperware Lady for years, and didn’t think they let you do that!!!

I’m needing a new one of these, though, because I have this new weight loss shake I’m trying and I need more shakers (lost 4 pounds last week!!!! Yea!!!) so I’m going to try to buy one and am curious what any of my readers know about it. Any Tupperware Ladies out there?

Here’s a link to my weight loss shake page if anyone else wants to give it a try. It’s the best tasting one I’ve ever tried: Click Here.

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How to Pick Up Stitches on an Edge: I am knitting a baby blanket and doing this very thing this very day. So was surprised to find this video, and watched it through for a refresher. Always great to get more ideas.

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Creative Weaving: Had to throw in a weaving tidbit. Small looms are highly under-rated, and I always love to see new ideas for those of us who don’t have the room or budget for a giant loom in our house!

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Basketweave stitchSwatch Swap

I can’t actually get my mouth to say “Swatch Swap”, and certainly can’t say it ten times, but used the cutsie name for a new forum over at Learn-to-Knit.com. Post your swatches there for all of us to see!

I posted my baby blanket in the making because the simple basketweave is such a practical stitch to know. It lays perfectly flat, is simple and mindless to knit, and creates an interesting look.

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New Knitting Pattern

A new knitting pattern has been posted to SpinCraftPatterns.com!
The knit-so-it-fits pattern source!

Freeform Hats!

The name says it all. Learn how to pick up some needles and yarn and knit a hat on the fly. This pattern opens your horizon to creating any hat you can imaging.

Click Here

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Comedy:

One more non-knitting item. My son-in-law is a comedian and he turned me on to a great new website. A couple of guys are starting a comedy sharing website and are offering huge prizes to get people to use it. You can win five hundred bucks for delivering great punchlines OR for voting on punchlines and sharing the site.

The best I can figure out is that it’s like multi-level-marketing comedy. Click on the following link and sign up for the site and you put me in the mix for a prize. Pass it on to your friends and you are in the mix!

http://www.funnyformoney.com/Sprogram/Landing/Link/InIPTzA3d7g

Then go through the site and vote for punchlines and you help others win some money. Of course I think my son-in-law is the most funny of all, so here is his link to encourage you to vote for him (he’s won one week already…)

http://funnyformoney.com/Jokes/TopicVote?gid=408&vid=13012

(Isn’t he cute….??)

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And that’s all for this week folks! See you soon.

Happy Knitting,

Connie Delaney

New on Knit Knitting

New Knitting Pattern

A new knitting pattern has been posted to SpinCraftPatterns.com!
The knit-so-it-fits pattern source!

Freeform Hats!

The name says it all. Learn how to pick up some needles and yarn and knit a hat on the fly. This pattern opens your horizon to creating any hat you can imaging.

Click Here


And some great new knitting posts on KnitKnitting.com.

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it. Cable knitting is not as hard as you think; each cable is simply twisting
yarn over stitches. Learn the basics and you can start creating thousand of
mind boggling cable patterns.

Loom Knitting

Loom knitting is fast and easy. Watch this video for a quick lesson on how to
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