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My dear newbie yarn benders,

I love you. You’re wonderful and fabulous and energized about seeing a cool project on the inter-webs and have finally said “yes! I think I could do that! This is the one that will get me into knitting/crochet” With all the excitement and joy in the world you go to the craft store, grab the coolest looking yarn (in the best color, duh) and the cheapest needles/hook you can find (If if needles are too intimidating, you opt for the knitting loom. It comes in a 3 pack! score!). You follow the instructions as best you can with dreams of your project turning out exactly like the professionally taken photograph. Oh my naive, beautiful newbie yarn bender, you are on a craft high. Head so far in the clouds that you don’t realize what has happened until it’s done. We’ve all been here at some point, no matter how skilled a person is. 

My lovelies. Please learn from the mistakes that have already happened. Take the time to learn about gauge and value the materials needed. I am most definitely NOT saying buy the most expensive stuff. I am saying that skien of yarn that is one dollar more will likely make you enjoy the finished product bounties more than the value of one dollar. 

Take the top picture. This was most definitely made on a knitting loom. Im personally not a huge advocate of these. They’re great for learning how knitting works. Not great for endless feats of creativity. You’re limited by the size of the loom which limits you to the size of the yarn as well as the size of the object you make. For something that will not ladder (the long horizontal bits between the “V” stitches) you need yarn thick enough to touch the stitch next to it when wrapped around the loom. In the case of the photo, yarn far too thin was used. 

The next picture looks like it could be arm knitting. Which was a fad I loved. Can we bring this back instead of those pony tail hats? The larger the needle, in this case your arm, the larger yarn you need. The original appears to have multiple yarns being used. Perhaps our newbie knitter didn’t realize that’s an option? Lesson here: Larger needles, larger yarn. Smaller needles, smaller yarn. 

The last picture. This crocheted hippo went through the stretcher! oh no! This is a case of right yarn, wrong size hook. When your needle/hook is larger than your yarn and you put it under tension (in this case, stuffing it) the created fabric will stretch (more-so demonstrated in the first picture). Amigurumi is also hard as shit. The people who do it very well are incredible talented. We should all bow before their prowess. Please don’t try an amigurumi (small figurine knitting/crochet) as your first or even 5th project!

General rule of thumb: if you don’t want holes in your work look for yarn and needle/hook approx same size in diameter.

Alas, you have returned for the craft store. Heading the advice you’ve gotten complimentary yarn and needle/hook. TIME TO START THE CRAFT JUICE!



“but whyyyy?” you whine

Because we must first test the yarn.

“But tests are boooooring” says the yarn. 

I agree, talking yarn. Tests are boring and terrible and holy crap tell you if you’re doing something right or wrong. This is useful information to know before creating something beautiful with your HANDS

Also my dear newbie yarn bender, practice makes a better yarn bender. Resist the urge to pump out something fast. Pinterst lied to you. It’s not going to take 1 hour. It will take at least 3 hours and two trips to the craft store. Accept this now. Knitting/crochet is slow ASF. Accept this now. Or find a different hobby. 

So loop on some stitches and knit or crochet your joyous heart out. Then measure it once you get around 5 inches. Count the stitches horizontally and vertically. Then refer to the chart above and make sure everything agrees. Got 12 stitches per 4 inches and using DK (3) yarn? Time to change needles sizes or get your gorgeous self some bulky yarn. Or get yourself some bulky yarn anyhow. Treat yo’self. 

i love you newbie yarn benders! Go forth and create and learn

<3 Stitch

Last week, I went to the knitting/crafting group at my local library. An older woman who was moving homes decided she couldn’t take her entire stash with her (gasp!) and donated some yarn to the group. She brought multiple garbage bags full, single-handedly doubling the group’s supply to the point where they didn’t have storage space for it all and they sent all of us home with some. After a few short detangling sessions, I wound up with this gorgeous bit of linen yarn!


So this gem of mines took a week to make. She’s a made to move doll. First I chopped off all of her hair and replaced it with this gorgeous sea foam yarn picked out by my mer-godmother. Thanx to my froggy stuff i knew how to reroot the yarn into her head. Needless to say, but the task is TEDIOUS! thank God for my patience. Her tail belonged to my 2015 Mattel classic Ariel doll (r.i.p) and all i did was cut the fins off and hot glued sequin trim around the tail. Her fluke is made up of some shiny fabric we had around and cut into a multiple fin shapes and glued to the bottom. The shell top was from a sticker set from WalMart and i attached a some strings of pearls to them. The head piece and choker are also made up of the same set of pearls.


My first monthly Darn Good Yarn package just came in! For only $14, I got:
150 yards of Roving Silk Yarn (DK weight)
One 5mm crochet hook
Five US size 8 double pointed knitting needles
And a pattern for a tiered air plant hanger!
It was pretty much better than I hoped for (that yarn is gorgeous!!), and totally worth the money

This vanilla sock is practically knitting itself! The gorgeous self-striping yarn is #sutherlandsock by @caledoniadyeworks I really liked having the option to add a mini skein for toes and heels. Because I’m a little bit sad, I started tagging my sock projects on Ravelry this morning (every now and again, my internal administrator breaks free and categorises stuff). It’s 16 months since I cast on my first pair of socks. I have completed 37 pairs and have 2 pairs on the go. The first 5 pairs were cuff down, using the excellent tutorials by @winwickmum Since I started knitting toe-up socks I have used the #fishlipskissheel 15 times, and #sockmaticianstoeups by @sockmatician 15 times. 29 pairs were vanilla socks, but I’m starting to experiment more with patterned socks. I have knitted 24 pairs for me, 6 for Jamie, 5 for Himself, and 2 pairs as gifts. On average, I complete a pair of socks every 2 weeks. I don’t know if I should be impressed 👏👏👏 or horrified 😱😱😱 #knittersofinstagram #knitting #operationsockdrawer https://www.instagram.com/p/BR-kdumDszA/

Major coziness score! I took a trip to Lancaster and managed to convince my wallet to buy me all of this, including the most gorgeous locally made sock yarn. And this tea? It’s only the best thing I’ve ever consumed! Shopping small pays off tenfold 👍🏻


I made another handspun hat for Heather the #wiveyweaver using her gorgeous yarn. I love how this turned out 😍 The yarn is a worsted-ish weight 70/30 organic merino/silk blend that has been solar dyed with raspberries. The yarn manages to feel fluffy and silk at the same time and was really nice to knit with. I love the colour that ranges from the palest pink to a deeper old rose pink. I had 2 skeins of about 50g so I alternated them throughout. To the naked eye the 2 skeins looked the same, but I’ve been caught out like that before. I still have 3 skeins of handspun left. One will be another hat (pattern to be decided), and I’m going to use the last 2 skeins for a striped #fussfreefestivalshawl #fffs #knittersofinstagram #knitting #hatknitting #handspun #ahandfulofhandspunhats

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anonymous asked:

a pair of knitting needles that are still being used in a knitting project of some sort and sparklers? both && and II if you could. thank u!

Unfinished Knitting Project || Sparklers

You get the Firecracker Scarf and the Pair Of Sparklers

This scarf is just a bunch of Firecrackers all tied together. You shouldn’t even consider putting it on. But lighting it on fire at a distance is bound to make for a good show.

The needles are just disappointing.

Unfinished Knitting Project && Sparklers

The outputs are The Unfinished Starlight Scarf and the Light Knitters

The scarf may be unfinished, but it is a good frame of reference as to how to use the Light Knitters, and it already looks gorgeous.

But who needs yarn when you can knit things using pure light? The produced fabric is soft and warm, and your feelings have an influence on their glow and color.

This is a really wonderful tool, give this to a space player and they will be forever thankful to you.