guide to free online knitting resources » whip up There have been a few staple online mags and resources on the scene for a while, but with new mags popping up here and there I thought I would try to do a bit of of a roundup and see how many I could find. If you know of any more please comment. image: ‘lakeside’ lacy knee high socks from knotions magazine knitty.com – quarterly knitting magazine with patterns and articles ravelry.com - online knitting community – patterns, forums, wiki, and more twist collective – new online mag with some really nice patterns [only a few free patterns] and articles knotions - new online mag with some really cute patterns the inside loop UK based mag – small range of nice patterns teen knitter magazine – downloadable PDF – written by teens for teens. Print magazines or yarn stores with a free online pattern section.
knit and tonic You know how it is when a song is in your head. It makes it worse when you can't recall the lyrics in total. But your brain hums it as you go through your day and at some point you feel like subjecting yourself to "It's a Small World" to break the monotony. But enough of that. I'm going to tell you of the epic dream I had last night. Maybe you can help me make sense of it. The Home of Mathematical Knitting The Home of Mathematical Knitting (sarah-marie's mathematical knitting pages and mathematical fiber arts pages) Conference Sessions and Books
Technickety: How to unvent a simple cable I had a heap of messages asking where the cable for Jeff's glove came from. It's a fairly generic multi-strand cable; called a "Saxon Braid" (thanks, Purly White!). I see Wendy at wendyknits has used it for a sweater, and I'm sure it's to be found in stitch dictionaries. That said, being able to read an existing cable and knowing how to reconstruct it is a very useful skill. I'm not suggesting, of course, that the following be used in any way that takes credit away from a designer of a garment - rather, this is a reference for understanding how a simple cable works and how to write a chart.
The Joy of Handspinning – Hand spinning wool into yarn with a spinning wheel or drop spindle » How The Spinning Wheel Works The spindle and the drive wheel are rotated by a drive band. The spindle whorl is either on the flyer or attached to the spindle. It has 2-3 different pulley sizes which controls the speed of the flyer. The flyer has a row of hooks on one or both sides of the U-shaped arms to guide the yarn onto the bobbin evenly. On double drive wheels, the bobbin is rotated by its own pulley. On single drive wheels the bobbin has a separate brake to control its speed. Frost Flowers Latest Post It must be Thursday… I never could get the hang of Thursdays. -Arthur Dent in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy I watched Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy again. Although I’m sure there are Douglas Adams purists out there who object to the 2005 movie interpretation of the book, this is a favourite movie of ...
All is not lost All is not lost Yesterday I got a letter from Sue. Sue wrote: Fermented Suint Method Fermented Suint Method is a technique to clean wool fleece in preparation for spinning. This method was developed for the lower lanolin wools which have a lower wax content in their woolgrease. Primitive and longwool breeds specifically. If you’re new to fleece processing, this is one of the simplest ways for cleaning fleece and a good place to start. There is no heat involved in the process and therefor less of a chance of felting your wool. Plus it’s just darned intriguing to see a fleece practically clean itself with it’s own built in “soap”.
Silver's Sock Class To make it easier for you to find your directions, if you're using sock weight or fingering weight, your directions will be in purple for sport or double knitting wieght, blue and for worsted weight, green. Instructions for everyone will be in red. If you're using: -Sock weight or Fingering weight yarn - approx 420 yards, and either size 2 or size 3 Double Pointed Needles -Sport or Double Knitting weight yarn - approx 350 yards, and either size 4 or size 5 Double Pointed Needles -Worsted weight yarn - approx 285 yards, and either size 6 or size 7 Double Pointed Needles. You will also need a tapestry or yarn needle, a ruler or measuring tape, and PATIENCE. Step One On ONE needle, cast on 64 48 40 stitches LOOSELY.
Ovis aries English: Domestic sheep · Deutsch: Hausschaf · español: oveja · français: Mouton · italiano: pecora · lietuvių: Avis · Nederlands: Schaap · ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਭੇਡ · polski: Owca_domowa · português: ovelha · தமிழ்: ஆடு · A sheep is a farm animal which produces wool, milk and meat. Photograph's Sheep Lambs Tutorial: Crock Pot Yarn Dyeing! You may not even know about these, but way back at the beginning of this blog, almost 3 years ago, I did a couple of kool-aid yarn dyeing tutorials. They were specifically how-tos for getting particular kinds of variegation (as opposed to dyeing basics) – part 1 being three blending colors, part 2 longer stripes of random-order solids. (I’ve just gone back and edited these old posts a little, changing some bad advice I’d given and some minor details, but not anything major.) So, after 3 years and countless skeins of dyeing experience have now passed, I want to do a couple of new dyeing tutorials for you! (For the basics of dyeing, if you’re new to it, see the link list in my first tutorial, since this post is only meant for this particular variegation method, not for kool-aid dyeing in general.) I recently dyed up a skein of bulky yarn (Imperial Stock Ranch Lopi) with 5 different colors in my crock pot, for a spotty, kettle dyed kind of look, as you can see above.
Expert Tips on Measuring Yourself for Knitting/Crocheting a Sweater September 12th, 2013 by Guest Today, we have a guest post from Johnny Vasquez, a knitwear designer, and “Head Honcho” over at the New Stitch A Day blog. Johnny will be sharing some important tips to help you learn how to get proper measurements to ensure the perfect fit for your sweater! One of the most important parts of knitting a sweater is being honest with your body and gauge measurements. If either your body or gauge measurements are even the slightest bit off, you risk having a sweater that doesn’t fit as well as you’d hoped. Taking the time to take accurate measurements before you begin your project will pay off in the long run with a great fitting sweater!
Flashback: Dye Your Own Yarn, Naturally By Emily Smith Natural dyeing is a great way to learn more about the plants growing around you, as well as how your yarn is processed. Most commercially dyed wool is done so with chemical or acid dyes, since natural dyeing is more variable, and requires quite a lot of plant materials to dye on a commercial scale. Whenever dyeing at home, it is advisable to always research the materials you are working with – plants can be poisonous! Find out how they react when boiled, and if you’re foraging for materials, how much of one plant you can take from an area without damaging the surrounding environment. For the most part, it’s a lot of fun!