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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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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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