sport weight yarn

Straw Into Gold - A Spell to Bring Wealth

The little man took the necklace, seated himself before the wheel, and whirr, whirr, whirr! three times round and the bobbin was full; then he took up another, and whirr, whirr, whirr! three times round, and that was full; and so he went on till the morning, when all the straw had been spun, and all the bobbins were full of gold.

-Rumpelstiltskin

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Note: If you wish to include lunar magic in your work, this spell is best performed during a waxing moon.

Most sewing or craft stores will sell empty spools or bobbins for sewing machines. Acquire three such spools or bobbins and enough yellow embroidery floss or sport-weight yarn to fill them.

After sundown, light a candle (yellow or green is ideal, but white works also) and sit down with the bobbins and floss. Focus on the candle flame and think of the way in which you would like money to come into your life.

Once you have the idea firmly in mind, begin winding the floss slowly around the bobbin and continue until it is full. Repeat until you have filled all three bobbins, then blow out the candle.

Anoint the three bobbins with orange or amber oil. Place them into a small jar and leave it somewhere it will not be disturbed. If the desired wealth does not come into your life within three months, or if you need more money, repeat the spell and add the three new bobbins to the jar.

- From the forth-coming book “The Sisters Grimmoire: Spells and Charms for Your Happily Ever After” by Bree NicGarran and Anna Zollinger

How to Make a Crochet Lace Cowl: a free photo-tutorial

Hey Guys! When I was just staring to learn how to crochet I relied heavily on video and photo-tutorials as I am a visual learner. I figured it was high time I made one myself to pay it forward to the crochet community. 

So here is my very first photo-tutorial! 

I originally made this scarf on the fly and since then, fell in love with the look. I’ve used this pattern to make several other projects. 

SO! If you are interested, hit the “read more” for the pattern as well as a full photo-tutorial on how to make this scarf.

This pattern is for a novice to beginner (maybe with 1-2 projects under your belt) and I have a step-by step of all the stitches you will use. It’s quite a long post :) 

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fm-tales  asked:

I had a question about the ultimate grandma project: sweaters. In your personal experience, does a sweater in worsted or sport usually end up looking better? I'm planning on copying a sweater found in a video game and it looks like its just stockinette with a purl every few stitches. Do you have any example photos of sweaters in different weights or any preferences on either? Sorry if this is a weird question :/

Not a weird question!  But not an easy one to answer, either.

While I love sweaters made with both kinds of yarn, if I had to choose I’d say I generally like the look of sweaters knit with sport weight yarn a smidge better than worsted weight. I find yarns with a finer gauge can make it easier to fit a garment to a person’s measurements.   I like wearing fitted sweaters, and occasionally I’ve had sweaters made with yarns with a larger gauge come out boxier than I’d like.   

That said, the process of knitting a sweater in worsted weight yarn goes much faster (and is more enjoyable, for me) than the process of knitting one with sport weight, and so that’s something I often consider as well.  

Ravelry is a fantastic resource for sweater photos with all weights of yarn and I encourage you to go there before making a final decision – but here’s one example of each that I was able to find that had free patterns attached:

Flax, by Tin Can Knits (a pattern which I adore and have made in several sizes), knit in worsted weight yarn; and

Jasseron, a free pattern by Becky Wolf, knit by aarkus on Ravelry in sport weight yarn.

Both of these are absolutely gorgeous sweaters but as I think these pictures show (or maybe they don’t…), the sport weight yarn makes it a *little* easier to have the sleeves (and other parts of the sweater as well) be form fitting.

I hope this was helpful.  If you ask others you will very likely get different opinions – because at the end of the day it all comes down to personal preference.  Good luck!

bethrosem  asked:

Your knitting answers have been amazing, so I was hoping I could ask something as well? I love this pattern, but the recommended yarn is just way to expensive for me and to have shipped to the UK. I'm having trouble working out what weight yarn it actually is and how much I'd need, so i was wondering if you could either recommend other wool to use or help me work out where to start looking? Thanks! :) purlsoho com/create/2015/05/22/over-the-top-top/

Oh, I love this top!  But yeah – while Purl Soho makes some absolutely gorgeous designs, that making their patterns can get very pricey if you use the yarn they suggest.

Ravelry describes their recommended yarn (Purl Soho “Line Weight”) as a light fingering weight yarn (a 3-ply yarn that fits between lace weight and fingering weight in terms of thickness) that’s 100% Merino.  If I were making this I’d probably make it with an affordable fingering weight yarn – or more likely, a sport weight yarn – just because I don’t think I have it in me to knit an entire top out of light fingering weight yarn.  A quick look on Ravelry shows that most of the folks who’ve made this top have made it with fingering or sport weight yarn. That said, making that sort of change without going up in needle size would make the top less drapey.

As far as recs for affordable fingering weight and sport weight yarns I’m a fan of KnitPicks and Quince & Co., but I don’t know what their shipping rates are like to the UK.  

I hope this is helpful!  If anyone else has any suggestions please chime in.

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ETA:  from @aaugh:  “Re: yarn options for the PurlSoho pattern… I don’t believe KnitPicks ships to the UK (at least they didn’t used to), but Nordic Mart is comparable in price and quality.”