New Knit Pattern: Rue’s Song

Today I’m putting out the pattern for Rue’s Song, a knitted cowl. You can see the details and specifications here. It’s inspired by the book The Hunger Games, so I wanted to take today’s blog post to explain a bit about that inspiration.     WARNING: POST CONTAINS SPOILERS.   The Hunger Games is a book based in a fictional …

Alternative Uses for Knitting Needles

Alternative uses for knitting needles Chopsticks: Knit 1, purl 1, eat 1 Hair bun sticks: Use for a stylish up-do. later you can literally let your hair down and knit. Fruit kabob stick: Dpns can be good for your health. Emergency recovery assistance: Use a knitting needle to whack whatever fell behind the dresser back to where you can reach …

Tips for Marathon Crochet/Knitting Sessions

Whether you’re a professional working on a deadline, or you just have to get that one holiday gift done, at some point, you’ll find yourself having a marathon session to finish stitching up a project. Here are some tips for powering through: 1. Stay Hydrated – Drink plenty of water for good hand health. Avoid caffeinated drinks- they dehydrate. 2. …

Book Review & Giveaway: Shaping Shawls by Anna Dalvi

Book: Shaping Shawls Author: Anna Dalvi List Price Hardcopy:$26.95 Electronic File:$16.95 Shaping Shawls provides the logistics of shawl shaping without being overwhelming. Anna Dalvi explains how to analyze lace patterns and shape 10 styles of shawl: 2 styles of rectangular shawls, 2 styles of square shawls, and 6 types of triangular shawl. Each construction style has a written description of …

Work-In-Progress (WIP) Wednesday: Double Thick Cowl

I started a new knitting project a little over a week ago. It’s a cowl: unless I run out of yarn, and then it’ll be a circular scarf. I decided I wanted it nice and squishy and warm, so I’m making it double thick. The method I’m using is kind of like double knitting, except that I’m only using one …