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Cat in the Hat Knit Bookmark

Posted by TacieJ on April 23, 2016 in Instructional, knitting |

Bookmark

Yarn: Not much worsted (medium (4)) Red, White & Blue.  I used Caron Simply Soft Solids Blue Mint, Red Heart Classic Solid White & Red Heart Classic Solid Jockey Red

Needles & Hooks:  US 7 Double Pointed Knitting Needles
4.5 MM (US 7 or G or H) Crochet Hook

Notions: Tapestry needle

Gauge: Not important at all (my kind of project!)

Need to Know Knitting:  Casting on, Knitting in the round, Increasing, adding a color, and how to chain in Crochet!

Abbreviations:
kfb = knit into front and back of stitch (increase)
k = knit

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Yarn Review: Crystal Palace Panda Silk

Posted by TacieJ on March 29, 2015 in knitting, reviews |
Crystal Palace Panda Silk

Crystal Palace Panda Silk

Crystal Palace Panda Silk

52% bamboo, 43% machine washable Merino wool, 5% combed silk

204 yds/50 gr.

Gauge (sts. / inch): 7

US Needle: 1

Fingering (27-32 sts/4 in)

Machine Wash

The bamboo gives a great feel and a luster, the wool gives a soft feeling core and the combed silk gives it sheen and strength.

http://www.straw.com/cpy/yarns/pandasilk-card.html

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Knitting How-To: Joining 2 Skeins of Yarn

Posted by TacieJ on January 25, 2015 in knitting, tips and tricks |

I don’t know about you, but I really dislike weaving in ends. I’m lazy and when I’m finished knitting I really want to be done with a project. And also, I’m always afraid that my weaving in won’t be enough and the ends will come undone and my entire project will unravel.

What I do is probably – if I did my research – something common. Here is what I do, especially with the fluffier yarns. The join with the smooth yarns (especially bulky) is more noticeable. But depending on what you are knitting and where the join is, it might not make a difference.

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Yarn: the importance of dye lots

Posted by TacieJ on August 4, 2013 in craft ideas, knitting, tips and tricks |

For those of you who are like me and don’t necessarily pay attention to your dye lots, this post is for you.

I never really pay too much attention to dye lot. Granted I do try to buy enough of the same dye lot to finish a project. But I usually say, if it looks the same then the dye lot isn’t too important. That can be horribly wrong.

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Peaches vs Sugar

Posted by TacieJ on August 12, 2008 in craft ideas, critiques, knitting |

This is my thoughts on Peaches & Creme cotton yarn by Elmore-Pisgah Inc. versus Sugar ‘n Cream by Lily. I tend use P&C more than SnC for 1 reason only – WalMart carries it and WalMart is close.

Personally I like SnC better. It’s softer. Other than that they knit up very similar. WalMart has limited colors, but they are very inexpensive and they are the closest to home. And with gas prices the way they are that makes it doubly cheap.

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Knitty Gritty

Posted by TacieJ on April 19, 2008 in craft ideas, knitting, TV general |

Stitch Pattern Ideas 

Delightful Details – Episode DKNG-612
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/shows_dkng/episode/0,2046,DIY_18180_43434,00.html

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Knitty Gritty Pillows

Posted by TacieJ on April 12, 2008 in craft ideas, knitting, TV general |

Here are some cute ideas for throw pillows.

Cushie – Episode DKNG-607
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/shows_dkng/episode/0,2046,DIY_18180_43429,00.html

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Knitty Gritty – Head Band

Posted by TacieJ on March 27, 2008 in craft ideas, knitting, TV general |

Show – To Hide and to Hold – Episode DKNG-506
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/na_knitting/article/0,2025,DIY_14141_5188405,00.html
Idea – headband with elastic yarn

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Knitting – My Favorite Yarns

Posted by TacieJ on February 15, 2008 in craft ideas, knitting |

In no particular order my favorite yarns are… 

  1. Carron Bliss
  2. Red Heart Light & Lofty
  3. Trendsetter Liberty (discontinued!!!)
  4. Lion Brand Homespun
  5. Bernat Alpaca

There are more, but these are the ones that I can come up with off the top of my head.

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Knitting Tips & Tricks – Yarn Labels

Posted by TacieJ on February 9, 2008 in craft ideas, knitting, tips and tricks |

Ok.  You knit that really cool shawl for Aunt Cattie and now Aunt Bill wants one.  You can remember the pattern but can’t remember the yarn.  Here’s a tip for remembering.  I keep all (I’m a little obsessive) my yarn labels.  Eventually this can become really massive.  Unless you use the same yarn over and over (which is very possible).  I keep them in 2 Ziplock bags  One bag has labels and the other has labels with a yarn sample attached.  Some labels have 1 sample attached, some have more depending on whether there is a pattern or like in the case of Lion Brand Homespun is really cool when it unravels.  I also write on the label with the sample what I made using that yarn.  Use a Sharpie… and if it’s a really glossly label try to write on the inside.  On certain glossy labels Sharpies aren’t as permanent as they would like you to think they are.  This way you can take the label and sample of the yarn to the store to buy the yarn for Aunt Bill.  Also if you have a favorite yarn, you don’t have to try to remember the name and the manufacturer.  You can just go to your baggie and pull out the label and get some more.  And that’s what it’s all about… more yarn!

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