***Originally published on May 11, 2012***Okay, so you’ve finished knitting that beautiful, cozy,
time-consuming sweater. Aren’t you proud? Aren’t you psyched?? Don’t you
want to try it on this minute and wear it all around town and show it
off? Oh…wait…it’s in five different pieces? Hmm…maybe it would be best
to just stick it back in the knitting bag and come back to it a little
later…You’re not alone. Seaming your projects together after all the actual
knitting has been done is often the bane of our existence. After all,
it’s the knitting that you love, not hand-sewing, right?W...
***Originally published December 16, 2011***Let’s say you want to make a circular crochet project. Like let’s say, oh, coasters.
Most crochet projects that begin from the inside and work their way out
(think also, granny squares) begin by crocheting a chain, joining it,
and then crocheting an uncomfortable number of stitches into that loop,
from which your circle or square will then grow out of.Here’s the tricky part: this method inevitably leaves you with a big
hole right in the middle of your work, as these into-the-loop stitches
tighten themselves around the original loop.
***Originally published on April 4th, 2014***There are so many ways to increase stitches in knitting — you can
knit twice into the same stitch (often notated as KFB — knit into the
front and back), you can do a yarn over and treat it as a real stitch on
the next row (which leaves a hole in your work — this can sometimes be a
beautiful design element!), or you may run into the terms “M1R” and
“M1L,” which stand for “Make 1 Right” and “Make 1 Left.”The M1R and M1L is coming up a lot as I work through the Color Affection Shawl, which uses 1-2 of these increases on every single row.Often...
***Originally published on September 16th, 2011***Warning: things are about to get mathy up in here!This is a question we get all the time here at the shop: How do we figure out the cost of a cone of yarn?Well,
figuring out the price on our house blends is easy — the price sticker
inside the cone is how much that entire 8-oz. cone of yarn costs.
But what if I want to make my own from scratch?Things
still stay pretty simple if you just want to wind off a single strand
of one of our yarns, or if you’re combining multiple strands of the same
fiber, say, to build it up in thickness.Co...
***Originally Published September 10, 2010***I did not begin my knitting career as a follower of patterns. I find this baffling since now, as the owner of a yarn store,
I spend hours each week reading patterns like they are poems, analyzing
them for clarity, coherence, and purpose; wading through hundreds of
possibilities to find the perfect pattern to show off a new favorite
I had no idea. My first year of knitting was spent without a local
yarn store, without Internet, and with a lot of free time. I figured
patterns were an option, rather than the norm.&n...
Originally published on January 7, 2011If
you’ve been into the shop, you’ve probably noticed that we do things a
little differently than most yarn shops. Our shelves are not filled
with skeins, nor hanks, nor balls. We’re all about the cones.
much does a cone of yarn cost? Well, that’s entirely up to you,
because another main feature that sets Yarnia apart is that we sell our
yarn by the pound.
this might seem pretty straightforward if you’re looking for an
all-wool yarn, or half a pound of bamboo: figure out how much you need,