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Hand Dyeing Yarn At Home: A Low-Mess Option

Posted by MIchael Gallagher on

Have you ever admired a skein of hand dyed yarn and wondered if you could produce similar results at home? There are many methods of dyeing yarn: you can dip-dye, steam dye, kettle dye, solar dye, or even ice dye - but the basic principles are the same: heat is used to transfer dye onto fiber, often using a mordant or fixative to aid the process.  Dyeing can be messy, and some dyes create harmful fumes that the at-home dyer may not want to invite into their living space. The good news is that there are plenty of safer options...

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How to Wind Yarn on a Niddy Noddy

Posted by MIchael Gallagher on

Not planning to leave the house for a while? Now is a great time to explore your stash and use up those leftover bits of yarn - and if you’re not sure just how much you have, our Niddy Noddy measures yardage accurately and can create 4 skein sizes. This quick tutorial shows how to measure yardage and create beautiful hanks of yarn in no time flat! First, choose which skein size you want to make: the longer shaft (above, left) creates 1.5 and 2 yard skeins, and the shorter shaft (above, right) creates 27 inch and 1 yard skeins....

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Top 10 Activities For Crafters Staying At Home

Posted by MIchael Gallagher on

As crafters, we almost always have a project (or, let’s face it, several projects!) to keep our hands busy. But during this unprecedented time, even the busiest of crafters may find themselves with extra free time. Today, we round up several fun ideas to stay busy while staying at home! Tackle those UFOs (UnFinished Objects) by either frogging them or finally getting them to the finish line! If you opt to reclaim the yarn (known as frogging), make sure to use a ball winder to keep yarns from getting tangled. Support your LYS (Local Yarn Store). Many shops are offering...

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3 Reasons Why You Aren't Getting Gauge - And What To Do About It!

Posted by MIchael Gallagher on

Gauge. It's the word that makes knitters and crocheters cringe when they hear it. While it's not crucial for every project, paying attention to gauge can prevent unfortunate mishaps, especially when you are making something that needs to fit in a specific way. But for many, taking the time to knit or crochet a gauge swatch just means that you're just that much further from the fun part: starting a new project! And if you don't get gauge the first time, or the second time, or even the third time....what's a crafter to do? If you are having issues getting gauge, it might...

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How To Assemble the Yarn Pet from NKK Tools

Posted by MIchael Gallagher on

Managing yarn while you work shouldn't be a chore! Our Yarn Pets keeps things safe & secure, letting you work from the outside of a center pull ball with no aggravating tangles or uneven tension. Choose from single, duo and trio options; each one includes assembly instructions and all the tools you need to put it together. On today's post, we'll walk you through the simple steps to assemble a Yarn Pet for those of you who are visual learners.  Start by unpacking the contents of your Yarn Pet; the only thing that's not included is a tape measure (we're using our Needle Gauge, which includes...

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