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Happy Socktober!

Socktober can mean many things in the fibre industry. For many it’s a time to donate hand knit socks to local charities. For some it means finishing up all those pesky unfinished socks, whether it’s just darning in ends or the dreaded grafting of toes. And for others, it’s the starting line for a…

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Tips with Trish – Japanese Short Rows

Happy Fall fellow fibre lovers! After a few months away from the blog, we are back with a great line up of new tips, tricks, ideas, and suggestions that we hope will make your knitting easier as you journey along your path of creativity. Our previous two posts discussed two of my favourite techniques…

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Tips with Trish – German Short Rows

Last month we talked about Wrap & Turn Short Rows, one of the most common forms of short row shaping we see in knitting patterns. Or is it? Lately, German Short Rows are being called for more and more frequently in patterns as they produce a smoother fabric than their wrap & turn counterpart,…

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Tips with Trish – Short Rows

Short Rows – knitters either love them, hate them, or are so daunted by them that they never try them at all. I’m one of those knitters who loves short rows. In fact, I seek out patterns that incorporate short rows into the design because I love them that much. Over the course of…

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Tips with Trish – Decreases Made Easy

With our feature on how to increase stitches in knitting last month, it only seems fitting to talk about the various ways to decrease stitches as well. Knitters usually feel a little more love for decreases than increases as it can often mean that the end of the project is near. And to be…

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Tips with Trish – Understanding Increases

M1, KFB, right-leaning, left-leaning – there are so many ways to increase stitches in knitting it can be confusing! Your pattern will always indicate which to use, but having a basic understanding of the finished appearance of each increase gives you the knowledge to make modifications to any pattern you desire. We use increases…

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Tips with Trish – Knitting with Hand Painted Yarn

I’m an experienced knitter. I’m not a fast knitter and I am by no means an expert but generally speaking, I’m confident and proficient with most knitting. Which is why, when I made the biggest faux pas a knitter can make with hand painted yarn last week, I knew I had to write a…

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Tips with Trish – Weaving in Ends

“Weaving in ends is the best part of knitting,” said no knitter ever! There is something daunting about this sometimes-monumental task. You’ve put hours into your project and have finally cast off that last stitch, hurrah! Oh, but wait, now you have anywhere from two to a hundred and two ends to weave in,…

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Tips with Trish – Joining New Yarns

There comes a point in every knitters’ journey when they will want to move on from one ball projects, but many don’t for fear of not knowing how to properly join new yarns. There are many reasons why it’s important to know how to join yarns in knitting, and there are just as many…

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Wool Addicts Million Moments KAL

They say there is strength in numbers and anyone who has ever participated in a Knit Along would surely agree. There is something about the camaraderie that arises in bustling chat rooms and the knowledge that hundreds or more people are working on the same project at the same time that fuels the creative…

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