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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…

Knitting On Stage and Other Superstitions

I was listening to an audiobook that involves the theater, and was surprised to hear a character declare that “knitting on stage is bad luck”. Having at least 50% of the qualification, and never having heard of this one, of course, I had to look into it.  And yes, I found several sites that insist…

Vintage Knitting: 170 Years of Patterns for Downloading

The University of Southhampton has put nearly 300 books from its Knitting Reference Library online! The Knitting Reference Library (KRL) includes the published works collected by Montse Stanley, Richard Rutt and Jane Waller. These comprise books, exhibition catalogues, knitting patterns, journals and magazines. The material dates from 1840 to 2012. I’m already in love with…

Review – Darn Good Yarn Silk Ribbon & Chiffon Ribbon

Today I am writing about a sweater kit I recently ordered from Darn Good Yarn, “a wholesaler and retailer of original recycled yarns, clothing and home goods.” The kit is for a sweater knit with their Reclaimed Sari Silk Ribbon.  There are several links to yarn by this name on their site, but they all…