Spring Crafting: Yarn Dyeing

Spring is definitely starting to bloom, and we’re feeling inspired to try new things! Dyeing yarn is a wonderful way to have fun with your knitting and achieve that perfect colorway you’ve been dreaming of.

Since the dye day event was such a hit last summer, I wanted to offer advice for people who didn’t get a chance to attend but are interested in learning more:

Here’s a great starting point if you have no clue where to begin, and if you’re interested in the science behind how it works, check out this post.

I love this post because she talks about the mistakes she made and how you can learn from them!

We’d love to hear from you about our experiences and techniques! What worked for you, and what are you hoping to experiment with?

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Vintage Sock Knitting Machine

This week we’ve got an informational video that explains how vintage sock knitter machines work. It’s a detailed look into how knitting was automated in the past. If only hand knitting socks was that quick!

Knitting what works for you

socks-1906060_640Since next week we’ll be working on fixing and frogging projects that went awry, it seems like a great time to think a bit about what makes a piece wearable and useful.

This article on Gansey sweaters (also known as Guernsey or fisherman’s sweaters) is a fun and informative look at the history of these beautiful sweaters and what makes them so functional.

Here’s some tips on converting a pattern into the round, and this page is helpful if you love a pattern that doesn’t come in your size.

Knitting is all about doing what works for you, and we hope we can help inspire you to make beautiful projects that serve whatever purpose you need!

 

Education Monday: Frogging, Tinking, and Lifelines

I’ve been a knitter for more than a decade, but there are still things I learn each time I come to Knitter’s Guild. It’s funny how one technique that seems obvious to someone else may be something I’ve never heard of, and vice versa. One recent example that struck me was the difference between frogging and tinking, and the use of lifelines. Frogging is when you undo your work by ripping it back (think: the rip it, rip it sound of a frog), whereas tinking is undoing each individual stitch at a time (tink is knit spelled backwards). I genuinely didn’t know there was a difference and this made things complicated whenever I’d undo work, because I wasn’t thinking about what made the most sense for that mistake.

It’s so crucial at whatever experience level you’re at to think critically about why you’re doing things a certain way and what purpose it serves. Perhaps you’re new to knitting and are learning how to fix mistakes, this might be a helpful starting resource for you?   Or maybe you’re more comfortable with techniques, and it’s worth it to think about if an afterthought lifeline or a dpn slipped between rows would help you from frogging too far back?

Lastly, I think these two articles (Part 1 and Part 2) would be very useful for anyone struggling to fix mistakes in lace, cables or colorwork. Part of our next meeting is going to be focused on helping each other fix mistakes or frog items that went totally awry, so I hope this can be a starting point for anyone who feels overwhelmed or unsure of how to correct their work.

Helix Knitting: Perfect for leftover charity yarn

Hey y’all! I know we’re continuing our month of charity knitting, but I wanted to think about how we can keep some of that momentum going through the rest of the year. If you’ve found that you have little bits of yarn leftover from all your projects but don’t want to just toss them, this is an awesome way to use it all up for more projects that can be donated throughout the rest of the year.

Helix knitting is a super colorful way to incorporate lots of different yarns in a cohesive way that’s perfect for kid’s projects, which means it’ll be an even faster knit!

I’ve got some helpful resources linked that show how it works, as well as the pattern for the hats featured in the photo:

TechKnitting’s Written and Illustrated Instructions

Technique Instruction Video

Free Helix hat pattern