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I got a call from my husband Saturday while I was at the shop. I don't typically take calls while I'm teaching, but he doesn't typically call me while I'm teaching, so I knew something was up.
Me: Hey, what's up?
Bill: Um, I was putting the clothes in the dryer and there's something that doesn't look like it ought to go in the dryer.
Me: What is it?
Bill: I dunno. It's a sweater-like thing. It's white.Continue reading
There's a certain amount of math in knitting. So much so that teachers have used knitting to improve math skills and make the concepts tangible. It's not hard math. While a modicum of algebra is helpful for changing gauge, knitting math is mostly what you learned in elementary school: addition and subtraction, multiplication and division.
But there is another kind of math familiar to all knitters. This is the math by which we can justify $32 for a skeins of beautiful, soft, hand-dyed merino to make a pair of socks when our neighbor points out that we can buy a perfectly good pair at Target for $8. We have no problem buying yarn that costs twice what a baby blanket costs in order to knit the baby blanket ourselves. To our non-knitting friends, family, and partners, this math is totally illogical and completely irrational.Continue reading
Last week I had just cast on the front of a Triton sweater in dk weight yarn. Tubular cast on, size 4 needles, 6 rows done -- a fairly time consuming effort, without much to show for it. My husband saw it sitting on the table at breakfast. "Pretty yarn, he said, what's it going to be?"
"A sweater," I answered.
He sort of chuckled and said, "I guess you have to start somewhere."
Yup. We do. We have to start somewhere. My husband knows I can and willContinue reading
Saturday is Local Yarn Store Day, a day to visit and celebrate your local yarn store. We have tons of fun things planned, from yarn tastings and trunk shows to new products and prizes all day. and I invite you to come and see what's special for this day. But first, why is LYS day even a thing? I'm more than a little biased, but here's why local yarn stores matter.
Obviously, with a local yarn store you have a chance to see and touch all the yarns in real life. You can compare colors and hold the skein up to your face to see what best suits your complexion. Instant gratification too. See it, touch it, and walk out the door with it. Right. Now. Get help, take a class, take a moment. Your local yarn store is a place to come and a place to be. It's a third place.
In his ground breaking book,Continue reading