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Index of Articles & Tips
From the knitting needles and spinning wheel of Jackie E-S
My wish is that a tip or comment here will cause you to think of something in a new way, or you will recall something long forgotten, or lead you to other random thoughts and "un"-ventions. These are offered to you without charge, but if you find them helpful and would like to donate something, of course I would be most appreciative.
In addition to the listings here, there may also be some other articles of interest to you in recent issues of HeartStrings Knitterly News, the e-Newsletter publication of HeartStrings FiberArts. I also invite you to subscribe to the newsletter so that you can read the newest articles as I write them.
Whether planned or serendipitous, you too are a creative knitter. Here are ideas to help you become more confident and let your inner self express itself!
What's all this fuss about fuzz? Knowing more about fibers and yarn attributes can help make you a more confident knitter when choosing yarns to suit your project's purpose.
Finishing as an In-Process Activity
By incorporating these "finishing" tips into your project right from the beginning and throughout, you can make the final finishing steps of your knitting project easier and seem effortless.
Blocking and Care
Whether you call it blocking or dressing or finishing, check out these articles for helpful methods and tips.
- Blocking Tips
Make blocking a pleasurable part of the knitting process.
- Blocking in Progress
Blocking is something we usually think of as only doing in the final stages of completing a knitting project – usually the very last thing! But have you ever worried while knitting whether you were going to like the outcome? Avoid the uncertainty of whether something is going to turn out satisfactorily by doing a blocking in progress.
- Knitted Lace Blocking Magic
Do you believe in magic? Well, just compare the before and after of blocking knitted lace!
- Weaving in Ends
Should you block first then weave in the ends, or weave in the ends then block it?
- Extracting Water
Tips for use with small hand-washed articles.
- Special Soap?
Treat your fine woolens as you would your own hair.
- Washing Socks
Hand washing method for deep cleaning delicate yarn.
- Blocking a Smoke Ring
KNITTERS ASK – How should I block my smoke ring?
Did you know that many of the HeartStrings designs are sampled in handspun yarns? (That spinning wheel in the HeartStrings logo is no coincidence.) There are more and more of the yarn/dyeing companies that are making lovely fibers available to hand spin into yarn. Let these blog articles
inspire you in your own journey of creativity with fibers. Even for non-spinners, there will almost certainly be something you find interesting.
- 5 Favorite Tips for Knitting with Handspun
Here are my "top 5" favorite take-aways that have served me well through all these years. Whether it is something new to you or just a reminder, I hope you find them useful when knitting with hand spun yarn or even choosing commercially spun yarn for your projects …
- Deb Robson explains scouring fleece
Deb Robson is the presenter in Knitting Daily TV Episode 603's How-to Segment. This segment focuses on the the process for producing yarn before you even knit a stitch. Deb explains step-by-step the process …
- Cotton Roving – braiding, dyeing, spinning and knitting
Here is a fun way to play with cotton roving …
- Spinning Jacob Wool – one fleece, many colors
Jacob sheep are small, multi-horned animals somewhat resembling goats. I love their spotted colors because of the fun I've had with their wool fleeces. From just one Jacob Sheep fleece, I can create a palette of tones from light to dark. Let me share …
- Knitted lace blanket in handspun Cotswold wool
The background on spinning for my Cotswold Lacie Blankie entry to the Save the Sheep Project, sponsored by Interweave Press and included in the book Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools. …
- Moody Blues, handspun pima cotton plied with silk
Besides the hypnotically soothing relaxation I feel when spinning, I think that a great joy in handspinning your own yarn is practiced control over the creative results. There often is the serendipity, too, and this leads to even more adventures and exploration …
- Spinning a 2-ply laceweight yarn for a scarf
Sometimes I am asked about the laceweight yarns I have handspun and used to knit scarves or shawls. At the top of my list of favorites, I like to spin a laceweight 2-ply yarn from hand-painted silk, cotton or fine wool blend. Here's how …
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