Taming Tangles: 5 Tips on How to Untangle Tangled Yarn

What is it exactly about a tangled mass of yarn that makes everyone itch to get their hands on it and start untangling? Well, maybe not everyone.  Usually, the person whose yarn it is has had it up to (wherever) with the tangles. But there are those of us who can hardly keep our hands off it. …

Is it Wool? Three Ways to Test for Fiber Content

All of us yarn aficionados have at some point come up against the “mystery stash” question:  How do you figure out what kind of yarn is in that unlabelled ball? The definitive method looks at the microscopic structure of the fiber(s).  However, most of us don’t have a microscope sitting around the house.  So what…

Rini Reknitted

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of capelet patterns showing up on the radar, and I have an idea it might be “the” thing to knit this fall.  And I can see why.  A month or so ago I came across this Berroco design, “Rini”, and really loved it. Immediately, the dreamy dark blue-green color…

Short Rows, Thoroughly Explained

Short rows are one of the best shaping tools in a knitter’s repertoire. They are so useful: for sock heels, fitting busts and shoulders, curved hems, and the list goes on.  This post discusses short rows in general, and five techniques to get the job done, so why not find your favorite? What Are Short…

Tess’ Top Ten List of Basic Knitting Advice

1.  Don’t be intimidated. OK, sometimes this is easier said than done, but in the end, it’s just yarn, and needles.  It may even be expensive yarn, but it’s still just yarn.  At rock bottom, the act of knitting is just pulling loops through other loops.  It’s been done for centuries, so it’s not rocket…

Designing: Lazy Toe-Up Socks from Scratch

As you may know, I am a fairly lazy knitter. I also prefer knitting to a “recipe” rather than an exact pattern.  In fact, written knitting patterns are a recent invention in the knitting world, within the last 150 years or so.  It’s my belief that written patterns have proliferated mostly because they benefit yarn…