Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird LIVE RIGHT NOW!!

Don’t miss me on the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird on April 3 at 10am mountain time 12 noon eastern. LIVE! read more →

Black Purl Magazine: Finding My Roots

My grandmother taught me how to knit before I learned how to read. I’ve read voraciously for my whole life, but I didn’t keep knitting as I grew up. Every year, it seemed, I learned a new craft and left the others behind. Knitting came first, followed by crochet, embroidery, needlepoint, weaving, beading, decoupage, and candle making. read more →

Free Pattern: Garter Stitch Scarves and Origami Hat

This easy scarf and hat set makes a perfect gift for someone homeless, or anyone needing an extra bit of warmth on a cold winter day. read more →

More about qiviut!

Here’s an article about Kelly Bridges from the Elegant Ewe yarn shop in Concord, New Hampshire, and her experiences with qiviut. Like me, she has fallen in love with the fiber and has recently been using qiviut from Greenland. read more →

How much will your knitting shrink?

Pieces knitted in stockinette stitch will shrink more in length than in width during felting. To calculate how much your piece will shrink, knit a good-sized swatch and use this table to “do the math.”
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Lesson: Twisted stitches

Have you ever seen the instruction ktbl or k2tog-tbl (knit through the back loop) and wonder what, exactly “tbl” means? Ktbl stands for “knit through back loop.” Just as “pick up” and “pick up and knit” are somewhat confusing terminology, “knit through the back loop” can also be confusing, because each knit stitch has only one loop on the needle. read more →

Lithuanian Knitting book update

Well, I’ve been hiding away working all month and the Lithuanian book is closer than ever to becoming a book. read more →

Spinning spindle with your feet.

(video)We have never seen anything like this yet. It’s a spindle that you put on the floor in a block of wood and spin it with your feet. read more →

SUMMER OF LACE: Revelry in Bloom Top by L’Tanya Durante

My project was inspired by the Indian tunic, with its richly embroidered yoke and hemline. read more →

Do you label your knitting before giving it away?

Whether you are giving a handmade gift or using a hangtag to help sell your wares, a personalized label will set it apart. A rubber stamp is all that is required. It can also be used on stationery letterhead or when sending a package through the mail. read more →