NKK Blog

In Memoriam: Michael Gallagher

Posted by Stefanie Goodwin Ritter on

We appreciate your support during this difficult year and have an important update to share with you in the form of an open letter from Cory Robert, a dear friend of Mike's. 11.18.2020 It is with immense heartache that I announce the passing of Michael W. Gallagher. Though Mike was new as a company owner presence to the fiber industry, he is remembered by many as the smiling face and positive demeanor that enjoyed making and selling specialized fiber equipment. He was a hustler (his words, not mine), whose dreams and goals had no ceiling, only the next step forward. Mike's beginning...

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How to Wet Block Your Knit & Crochet Projects

Posted by Michael Gallagher on

Wet blocking is the final step in finishing any knitted or crocheted project. By immersing your finished project in water and a bit of soap, it will transform magically into something you can truly be proud of.  While some yarns are labeled superwash, which means that they can be washed in a machine, keep in mind that hand washing will increase the longevity of your project. Tools such as blocking mats and our time-saving Knit Blockers are not essential to this process, but they can make it much easier. We also recommend looking for a fiber wash that is formulated...

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Yarn Thickness: Everything You Need to Know About Wraps Per Inch (WPI)

Posted by Michael Gallagher on

Yarn thickness is measured in Wraps Per Inch (WPI) to determine its weight category. This method of measurement can be used on any yarn, from those mystery skeins lurking in your stash to handspun yarns and even commercially made yarns that you suspect might be mislabeled (it happens more often than you’d think!). Whether you’re looking to substitute in a yarn for the pattern of your choosing, or you’re trying to use up leftover bits in a scrappy knit or crochet project, taking the time to measure WPI can ensure consistency in your yarn choices, resulting in a project you...

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Project Bag Essentials for Knitters & Crocheters

Posted by MIchael Gallagher on

Whether you’re taking your knit or crochet project to go, or have a dedicated craft space in your home, there are a few essential items that are helpful to have within arm’s reach. You may have your own version of “the essentials,” but today’s post might inspire you to add a thing or two to your own project bag.  Stitch Markers You can never have too many stitch markers! These small but useful notions have a way of disappearing despite your best efforts - there are so many small places where they can hide! From utilitarian to decorative, there’s a...

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Handspinning Resources: Tutorials, Tips & Tools

Posted by Michael Gallagher on

The Tour de Fleece has brought spinners throughout the globe together since 2012, challenging fiber artists to spin every day the the Tour de France rides. Since the cycling event has been rescheduled for August 29-September 20, some Tour de Fleece spinners decided to spin this month during the originally-scheduled dates, and participants will be able to take a victory lap when the official Tour de France rides again this fall!  We were amazed by the beautiful fibers and handspun yarns shared this month on Instagram, Facebook and Ravelry, and look forward to seeing another round of handspun goodness when...

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