Showing posts with label tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tips. Show all posts

Monday, September 15, 2014

Motivational Marker

September 2014
I use a simple Bulldog clip to help me see my progress when twining. I move the clip to the bottom of the last row and twine from that point. The photo shows that I've added about an inch since I last moved the clip. An inch may not seem like a lot, but it sometimes can take 30 minutes or more to twine an inch.

When knitting, I often attach a removable stitch marker so I can see my progress. These clips and markers keep me motivated on seemingly endless projects.

What tricks do you use on projects for motivation?

Monday, January 27, 2014

What Took Me So Long?

Scoop inside many powdered laundry soaps
I meant to prepare this post for a couple of years, but I kept forgetting. So, the title fits on two fronts: what took me so long to post and what took me so long to actually read the label on my laundry soap.

For years, I've been filling the scoop that is conveniently tucked inside the box of detergent I use. Yep, I filled that scoop to the brim. (I hope someone else validates my action)

A couple of years ago, I made a batch of laundry soap using this recipe and that is when I noticed the error of my ways. For the first time I saw the lines on the handy scoop - lines for 1, 2, and 3, and that's when I read the label on the soap box.

Clearly, I had been using waaaaaay too much laundry soap and had been for years.

I used a marker to remind myself to use less soap. It's amazing how long a box of laundry soap lasts now, and my clothes are just as clean.

Have you read the label on your laundry soap - powder or liquid? You, too, might be surprised.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Blocking Technique

Lace points are adjusted during the blocking demonstration.
At Sunday's workshop, Galina demonstrated a wonderful lace blocking technique.

She told us to use nylon cording because a wet shawl will not stick to the cord; thus, it can be positioned easily. Also, the nylon cord will not stretch and distort the lace as it dries. 

Thread the cord through the yarn over holes on the lace points, alternating from front/back on the dry lace points. 
Secure the cord with a slip knot and launder the lace in 40 C or 100 F water for 15 – 20 minutes. Use a gentle soap like Ivory or Dawn to cut the oil the lace has absorbed from your hands. Rinse well and squeeze out excess water. 
The item can be blocked on carpeting, a bed or any flat cushioned surface. Have a friend hold the cord at top corners and gently stretch the knitting by adjusting the cord corners only. Pin the four corners when the piece is the desired size.
Notice the pins are not touching the lace - only the nylon cording.
The corners have two strands of cording - one threaded through
the lace and stretched out to form the desired shape, and one that
forms the square plumb lines around the lace. To adjust the shape the
corner pin is moved and adjusted, moving both strands.
With the long end of the cord form a square by wrapping cord around corner pins (see photo). Do not cut the cording so you can use it for your next project. 

Measure the distance between corners to square the item. Adjust pins, if necessary. 

Pin the cord between the lace points to stretch. (see photo) The pins never touch the lace.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Another Favorite

No doubt, having a blog can be frustrating, especially if you don't know how to personalize it or make it user-friendly. Karen from Sew Many Ways has gathered all the common concerns and provides a page of solutions on her blog.  She offers help on the following topics:

• How To Add Pages To The Top Of Your Blog

• How To Add A Button To Your Blog

• How To Link In Your Blog Post

• Don't Be A Lurker, Anonymous or a No Reply

• Change To New Post Editor

• How To Change The Time And Date Of A Post

• How To Add Labels To Post And Sidebar

• How To Comment On A Post

• Gmail and Answering Comments

• Linking To Your Profile Picture

• Followers And Links

• How To Add A Comment Greeting

• How To Change Your Comment Label

• Blogging-Getting Started

• How To Add A Static Sentence Under Your Blog Header

• Are Your Pictures Flipped In A Post

Spend some time on Karen's blog, it's packed with great ideas and helpful information: she has some wonderful recycling ideas and sewing tutorials, so be sure to check them out, too. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My Heart's Not In It

My knitting has slowed to a snail's pace the last two weeks. Normally, these socks would have been finished in a week, but the color doesn't appeal to me, so progress stalled. I love the yarn (Austerman Step); however, in my opinion, the colorway (Eggplant) leaves a lot to be desired.

The second sock is ready for its toe. The socks are knit on size 2 needles for my size 10 feet.

I often put my yarn in a zip-top baggie to keep it clean. Before casting on, I snip a little off of the bag's bottom corner and feed the yarn through the hole. The yarn feeds smoothly through the hole and doesn't snag on other things in my knitting bag.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Block by Block

After cutting the fabric, I arrange pieces for the blocks on individual squares of newspaper and stack them on a large square ruler. This allows me to sew the pieces together correctly without a lot of hassle or confusion.

Do you use a similar system?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

a4A Vest #2

I'm finished with another vest for the afghans for Afghans Youth Campaign.

I'm definitely getting better at corralling the yarn bits and resting needles: this time I'm using a safety pin through the adjustment hole in my Knit Picks interchangeable needles to keep them from flopping around.

The vest was finished last night.

I am going to make one more vest for this campaign.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Frugal Greetings

I love sending and receiving greeting cards, and I enjoy giving them another opportunity to spread their cheer. Here is how you can up-cycle your holiday greeting cards into postcards. The bonus is that the postage for postcards is 28 cents!

First, make sure that the card is an appropriate size. The U.S. Postal Service has specific requirements for postcards: minimum size 3.5 inches high and 5 inches long or maximum size 4.25 inches high and 6 inches long. Any other sizes will result in additional postage.

Second, make sure the other side does not have any writing on it. I also do not use the cards that have an embossed image as it makes it difficult to write on them.

I use a small portable paper cutter to trim the card, but you could easily use scissors.

Center the design on the card as you do the trimming.

Check for the proper size and trim more, if necessary.

Any card can be salvaged, so don't overlook other holidays and occasions.

Of course you can simply write on the postcard, but I like to print a greeting on peel-and-stick shipping labels. By changing the font size to a small but legible size, you can even write the typical family letter.

If you have cards that are too small for the postal requirements, don't throw them away. These make great gift tags or gift enclosures. You can even make fun shapes by using your cookie cutters for patterns.

This project is great for saving money and saving the environment.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Helpful Tools

I use coil-less safety pins all the time when I knit. They make handy markers to help me judge distances and how much longer a piece needs to be. They are moveable motivators that help me to see just how much I knit in one sitting, especially helpful when the project is large and seemingly without an end. But I discovered when I combine the pins with numbered or alphabet beads that they become even more useful.

I am working on ribbed scarf for my nephew's wife, who purchased the yarn and selected the pattern. The yarn is a bulky boucle, and not the most pleasant yarn with which to knit. It is difficult to see the stitches, so I am using the coil-less safety pin with a "K" on the side that begins with a "knit" stitch, and a "P" on the side that begins with a "purl" stitch. I can see at a glance rather getting frustrated from searching.

I also used the pins when quilting: they don't have exposed sharp ends like the speciality pins with arrows, and I can use my own codes. Numbers can easily mark rows. Letters are also helpful, and you are only limited by your imagination:
L = left
R = right
T = top
B = bottom

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Keeping Tabs

Today's Tip:   Bread-sack tabs are perfect yarn bobbins for small projects. This tab's securing the end of my yarn on Pinkalicious so the next knitter can add a new yarn and then weave in the ends. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Yarn Eye Candy

I think that a basket full of yarn is pleasing to the eye: it gives a feeling of comfort and warmth. I have baskets stuffed with yarn everywhere in my house, so why not on my computer?

Tonight, I discovered that Knit Picks has some desktop wallpaper, featuring their luscious yarns. Check it out here

Vogue Knitting also has knitting-themed wallpaper here

Hello Yarn has some gorgeous photos available here

So what is stopping you from giving your computer a warm, cozy feeling?
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