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TAG : knitting

Using Yarn from Recycled Sweaters

Thrifted or ill-fitting sweaters can be salvaged for the yarn used to make them.Many a knitter and crocheter has bemoaned the cost of yarn, especially for a large project. Even the less-expensive options tend to run around $5 per skein, and if you need several colors — or a mile of yarn — ...

Knit a Nifty Dishcloth

This is the third of 12 basic homestead skills we’ll be presenting throughout the year from Kimberlee Bastien’s new book, 52 Homestead Skills. We invite you to join Kimberlee and her family on their homesteading journey. Visit the 52 Homestead Skills page to learn more about this series and ...

Knit A Handmade Cable Cowl and Wristers

Knit A Handmade Cable Cowl and Wristers Convert any shirt into a turtleneck with this cozy cowl. The stylish wristers make it easy to keep your fingers and wrists warm. Coordinate with style!What’s Needed:Knitting Loom: 8 Zippy Looms + 4 Zippy Corners, 36 pegs totalYarn: Approx 180 yds (165m) ...

Knit A Handmade Rain Dance Shawl

Knit A Handmade Rain Dance ShawlApproz size: 27 x75’ (69 x 191cm) Gauge: 8 sts x 10 rows + 4” (10cm)The open stitching on the bottom of this piece allows whatever color you’re wearing underneath to complement the beautiful colors of the yarn. Pick an eye-catching toggle or button to use ...

Knit Lullaby Baby Socks

Knit Your Socks on Straight(Storey Publishing, 2013) by Alice Curtis is a step-by-step guide with visual instructions to knitting socks for beginners. Readers can learn how to knit socks without complicated patterns requiring two straight needles or the discomfort and unattractiveness of ...

Basket Stitch Pillow

In Japanese Stitches Unraveled(Abrams, 2018) by Lesley Unruh, readers can expect to find knitting stitches and plenty of projects to tackle. There are easy to follow diagrams and step-by-step instructions for beginners to use. Find this excerpt in Chapter 1, “Knits and Purls.”Sometimes ...

Winter Library Shawl

Yarnitecture, by Jillian Moreno (Storey Publishing, 2016), guides you through spinning and knitting with custom yarn. Use patterns from leading knitwear designer to create your own knitted wonders and rely on Moreno’s expertise in choosing which textures and colors to use. This shawl will ...

Crafting During the Winter Months

February is almost over. Unfortunately, winter is still here and I have the dreaded "cabin fever." I hate it! I am an outdoor person that really doesn't like cold weather. By this time in the new year, I feel like I am going nuts. I try hard to keep myself occupied by catching up on reading my ...

Dealing with Cabin Fever

Christmas and New Year's have come and gone. New Year's resolutions have been made and broken. Snow has fallen on a lot of us. Some have gotten more than others. The snow here has melted, but it's still cold. So I'm still left with trying to fight cabin fever.During the early mornings and ...

An Outdoor Girl

Dear readers,Today, I’m going to continue our farm story. When I first started blogging for Capper’s Farmer, I told you about how we found our little farm and what a mess it was. Along the way, I threw in a few side stories that happened recently. I also mentioned in one of the last blogs ...

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