The Best Beginning Knitting Pattern is …. a Scarf

I’ve said this many, many times.  The answer to the perennial question:  “what should my first knitting project be?”  or “what is the best beginning knitting pattern?” is a scarf.  It’s been a scarf for centuries and I expect it will be a scarf for many more.  Why? KISS:  Keep It Simple, Silly! When you’re … Read more

5 Reasons Why Cheap Yarn is Expensive

Yarn can easily be the most expensive part of knitting.  At first glance, cheap yarn is the solution.  But cheap yarn has hidden costs. One of the biggest potential costs is that the final result will be so badly flawed you’ll just end up throwing it away.  Knitting is a process and cheap yarns can … Read more

To Cable Needle or Not to Cable Needle?

Over the course of my knitting experience, I’ve seen a variety of cable needles.  From metal, to plastic, to wood.  Different shapes and sizes.  There’s a fair amount to choose from. But my question is: Do we really need cable needles?  For the longest time, I thought I couldn’t make cables without them, but as … Read more

Wooden Knitting Needles: 5 Points to Consider

Wooden knitting needles

I strongly prefer wooden knitting needles. If you haven’t tried wooden needles, or haven’t tried knitting needles made out of different materials, here are some things to look for: Comfort Points Texture Strength Circular or Straight Comfort For nearly 30 years, I only knitted with metal needles and my hands always hurt. It wasn’t until … Read more

When Knitting & Life Conflict…

I haven’t done a great job of writing for my site this month.  It hasn’t been terrible, I just haven’t met my personal goals.  I have my reasons. I’m moving. Sounds like a good enough reason all by itself, right?  Well, I own my house, so I have to find a realtor, get it listed, … Read more