Lesson: Knitting Mohair

Working with mohair yarn can be a challenge. Because the yarn is so fuzzy and the fibers are clingy, the yarn will stick to itself as you knit, making it almost impossible to rip out. If you do have to rip, slowly unknit the piece stitch by stitch, using a sharp scissor to separate the furry halo if it gets stuck together. But be careful not to cut the core of the yarn! read more →

Don’t be a Yarn Snob

Two things happened this weekend that made me think of this: On Facebook, Gaye Glasspie aka GGmadeit, has a weekly knitting Q&A and she asked who was going to Vogue Knitting Live. Well, I’m not, and it’s because I can’t afford to go to a knitting event unless I’m working the show. People often make assumptions.. read more →

Parts Unknown Viking Cowl KAL

This Knit Along has concluded. Are you ready for a winter KAL? How it Works Sign up by downloading the Parts Unknown pattern PDF on Ravelry. Use coupon VIKING to get it for free. Follow along in my Ravelry group. If you didn’t pre-order a custom-dyed kit, you can use your own stash yarn or.. read more →

Our Knitting Roots — Now on Knitty!

You all, my Our Knitting Roots column has just appeared on Knitty, along with another pair of toe-up socks from the Middle East! Check it out. It may be difficult to look at a sock or mitten that you’ve made with your own hands and feel a connection to a group of people who seem.. read more →

Free Pattern: Resistance Hat

Click here to download PDF pattern. Resist racism, resist xenophobia, resist sexism, resist hate of all kinds. Wear this hat to proclaim that we are the resistance! The diagonal motif is based on the American symbol for a resistor in electronics. This can go in the St st portion of Pussyhats … or you can make.. read more →

Singing (and Knitting) as a Political Act

This week I’ve been thinking about diversity, xenophobia, empire, nationalism, genealogy, and family history. How can we embrace each other even though we are different? How can we all be Americans and work together to make a better world for the future? How can we embrace our pasts, live with love in the present, and plan.. read more →

Free Knitty Pattern: Japan Style

I’ve been obsessed with Japanese knitting for a few years now. And clearly, I’m not alone. Classes on understanding Japanese knitting patterns are among my most popular workshops. I can’t stop admiring (and buying) Japanese knitting books. read more →

Free Pattern: Did Lace Knitting Originate in Spain?

Some knitting traditions are famous around the world, while others, just as interesting and beautiful, are less celebrated outside of their local areas. Such is the case with knitting in Spain. read more →

Free Pattern: Ballet legwarmers

My nieces were visiting this weekend and I put together this pattern as they wanted something to keep their legs warm during the winter. read more →

Toy Knitting in WWII

A guest post by Rohn Strong Toy knitting is a tried and true tradition most knitters have experienced at least once in their career. I adore knitting toys. Ok, not really. The knitting can be fiddly. I mean, who wants to knit eight stitches in the round on double pointed needles for 12 inches just.. read more →

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