4 Ways “Overweight” Yarns Help Beginning Knitters

I don’t knit with bulky, chunky, or jumbo yarns very often.  I don’t like the way the stitches look.  They seem awkward and lacking in subtlety.  Overblown, usually. But there are times when bulky yarn, or larger, is a great choice. When you’re in a hurry… Your winter hat is gone.  Who knows where.  Maybe … 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

Yarn Storage Ideas: Repel Moths Naturally!

Almost all knitters (and crocheters and weavers) eventually end up with more yarn than they can use.  The result:  the yarn stash. However big or small your stash is, you’ll want to store your beautiful, and possibly expensive, yarns safely.  Keeping your yarn clean, dry, out of reach of rodents, cats, sun and heat are … Read more