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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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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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