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Deciphering Antique Knitting Patterns

So.  We’ve Gone Time Traveling, reading knitting patterns and books from a century ago or more.  And instead of neatly formatted, proofread patterns with standardized notation, we are dealing with typos, antiquated phrasing, incomplete finishing instructions, and of course the bane of every knitter’s life, mistakes in the pattern. Ugh. …

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Free Antique Knitting Books

Yup.  They exist. Now, before we get too far into this, I would like to unequivocally state that of my four favorite places on planet Earth, three are libraries.  Libraries are wonderful places, home of local knitting circles, knitting books (and other books), knitting magazines (and other magazines), knitting videos …

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Stunting with Knitting

Remember this post? Nike and Adidas were fighting head to head over who had the rights to sell knit sneakers around the world.  Adidas won the court injunction, but Nike seems to have the more popular shoe; maybe due in part to publicity stunts like this one: Yup.  If someone …

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Red Herring’s Helpful Household Hint #1

Über short post this time, as I’m in the process of trying to organize my knitting projects and this website for fall.  Normally, I leave my projects in a sort of creatively-inspired upheaval, but I happen to know that I will have less time than normal to knit in the …

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Adding Some Defiknition(s)

*Defiknition noun  A word defined in a knitting specific manner, usually with the spelling altered to reflect the change in meaning  :  Here is a list of 20 defiknitions. Now.  Two things: If you have a severe distaste for knitting-related puns, or puns in general, stop reading here. For the …

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A Yarn-Bombed Life

Yarn bombing has been around for a while now. I remember first reading about it in Vogue Knitting, distinctly remember the photograph of an actual knit bomb they used to illustrate the article.  That picture exhausted my entire knowledge of ordnance in a single blow as I wondered, What the …

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You can’t mix dyelots? Seriously?? (Plus a Color IQ Quiz)

Okay.  So am I really the only one who has ever fudged the whole dye lot issue and used two different lots of yarn because the colors were the same?  And I mean, only when two lots really look the same.  I’m not kidding. I certainly wouldn’t risk the health …

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Free Spring Stitch Pattern – Butterfly Cable

Nearly Three Weeks Into Spring, and Saturday was the first day I ventured outside without my winter coat.  It was lovely.  Breezy, blowzy, with Spring’s trademark combination of post-winter damp and pre-summer warmth.  It made me want to dig my kites out of winter storage and go kite flying.  Because …

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Smart Knits

The smart fabric trend is definitely one of the coolest things to happen to knitting in a very long time. Smart fabrics, also called soft circuits or eTextiles, are fabrics and textiles with electronics incorporated into them. Electronics—like LEDs and batteries—can be hand-sewn into a nonconductive textile, or the whole …

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Can I Knit Myself a Car? Or a Space Shuttle?

I have knitting needles made from aluminum, bamboo, rose wood, and plain old wood and as a knitter, I have come to appreciate the subtleties of using these textured needles for different yarns. But I’m curious by nature. And when I heard about carbon fiber knitting needles, I couldn’t resist. …

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