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 →

FALL COLORS: Knitted Wrist Warmers

Knitted wrist warmers are the perfect accessories for autumn. 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 →

Knitting and Crochet: A Marriage Made in History

Combining crochet and knitting is not a new idea at all. The two crafts have been used together for centuries, and many knitting books published in United States during the first half 20th century also included crochet instructions. read more →

Stories In Stitches Online Writing Workshop

  Take an online course with me as your teacher. If you have taken my Craftsy.com sock classes, you know that I take my time with students and answers all your questions online. No question is too small or dumb. Now take a class with me to learn how to publish your book.  With my 14.. read more →

Fashion, knitting, and saving the world

  (Photos are from my WTF Pinterest board.) To take the last post about being buried alive in stuff a step further, and to talk about clothing, I’d like to start with a poem. Below that, some further thoughts on making our own clothes and how that may just be the key to saving the world… read more →

Designing A Norwegian Ski Sweater – Knitty.com

The Norwegian sweaters we think of today — with snowflake motifs and lice patterning — originated in the Setesdal region of Norway. read more →

To chart or not to chart?

You’ll find a lot of information about charting in Stories In Stitches™ 1 and 2, but not a dogmatic attachment to charts. Why is that? To be honest, I (Donna) do have a pretty dogmatic attachment to charts. But Ava does not, and she most often knits from vintage patterns that were written out in line-by-line text without any charts, sometimes without even a picture of the finished object! read more →

Successful Lace Knitting Month: Favorite Books

Here is a list of knitting books by authors other than me that can take you on an armchair tour of the world. Even if you don’t plant to knit lace in all of these styles, you will enjoy the history and stories about the knitters and their traditions. They’re not all in English, but they all include lots of photos and charts. read more →

How to read a knitting book

Finally, it was clear that… I wasn’t going to knit three projects from each knitting book I bought before buying another, but I was going to be learning a lot from each book. read more →

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