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Stay Tuned For Change

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For those who have been loyal followers I’ve been gone for a while. I will be back soon with a new name and probably a new blog. Having a philosophical difference with WordPress and will probably be moving my writings. Look for information on Tricraftual which is the name that I will be using.  See you soon

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Magic Loop Knitting …..Finally

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I am pattern challenged which I have talked about for the last few years. I am also technique challenged to some degree. So when I was introduced to magic loop knitting I was not able to grasp it. On a recent visit to my lys Knitknack a fellow customer was magic loop knitting instead of using double points. She showed me what she was doing and I thought I got it. By the time I got home I was lost again. Next step my favorite tutor You Tube! Something clicked! I tried with a circular that I had and it didn’t work very well and then I realized that the cable was not long enough. Well it was snowing and I couldn’t get to Knitknack. What to do? Ah my old standby Denise interchangable has cords of varying lengths. Of course I couldn’t find them all but I found a very long one that is meant for large projects and finally, I understood.

Magic Loop Knitting
Magic Loop Knitting

 

I still want to buy a circular with a thinner more flexible cable but for now I am loving this technique.

It’s Official, One Can Never Have Too Much Yarn!!!

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I have lots of yarn. But when I look at it I can’t associate it with any particular project. I’m not even sure where it came from. I mean who bought that stuff. Confession time I don’t even like some of it. Yesterday I was looking for something (okay I’m not too organized) and came across a Love of Knitting magazine from last year. In it is a cabled hat and mittens. All of a sudden I have to make them. Now I have to go to my LYS KnitKnack in Maplewood, NJ  because nothing I have will do. I must have new yarn.

I live on a fairly strict budget so I haven’t purchased much yarn over the last year. But now,  I must have yarn!! Don’t try to stop me.  Happy New Year to all the yarnly addicted!

Wednesday Meet Up — Bergen Crafters

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I intended to do something different this week but my first interview will have to wait. Bergen Crafters met tonight and someone came from the main library to take pictures of our group for a Library newsletter. There was as usual a lot going on. Various projects from the group. We had a good time again.

Cynthia's latest scarf project
Cynthia’s latest scarf project
Lawana a prolific crocheter is trying her hand at knitting
Lawana a prolific crocheter is trying her hand at knitting

 

Saturday Research — Knittinghelp.com

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There are so many terms to learn when you knit and crochet. Most you won’t learn until you need them.  I have suggested this before but I think it’s worth mentioning again, if you need help with basic stitches and abbreviations visit KnittingHelp.com

One of the things that drive me crazy is when a pattern says M1 and  doesn’t specify which type of increase should be used here. Knittinghelp.com says:

“Make 1. This means to increase a stitch. If the method isn’t specified, use whichever increase you like, for instance M1F.” – See more at: http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-glossary#sthash.3rlJ6LgI.dpuf

Just one bit of great advice, they have tons. They also include crochet terms and advice. Visit the next time you have a question.

Wednesday — Monthly Knitted Building Blocks Class

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Tonight I went to my LYS Knitknack for our monthly class.  On to block five. This block features cables. I am doing my block in black and so far I have had a few challenges. I will prevail however and complete this one too. I am thinking that I will try my hand at designing some blocks to fill in with the twelve that we are creating from the book by Knit Purl Hunter.

Photo of Building Blocks book cover

I love the class because our instructor Kari always gives a useful tip or two. I know how to do cables but tonight she taught us how to do cables without a cable needle. Great tip but far scarier than I want to deal with. Anyway here is my beginning.

Black Cable Block beginning
Black Cable Block beginning

Sunday Recap…. Do You Sell Your Products and Where?

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This week did not produce a lot of knitting. I am still working on the Lucy hat and do a bit on it every day. Not what I would like to do, just too busy. Anyway this week I began exploring the possibility of selling some of my crafts online again. I have played with this idea for over a year. I would love to sell some stuff  but where and how? There are so many sites now that it is mind-boggling. Are some over saturated? I bet they are. Sites like Etsy have the process down to a science for sure. Yet I have to wonder how many knitted caps can get sold when there are thousands to choose from? Still I would love to pass my work on to people who would enjoy it and while I’m not looking to get rich from sales I would love to support my knitting needle, crochet hook, yarn/fiber habit. Hoping for suggestions from some of you that already sell your crafts.