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

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