If your yarn comes in a skein instead
of a ball, take care when winding it into a ball. If you wind the
ball too tightly then you will stretch out the wool and when knit,
will change the gauge of your knitting. It helps if, as you wind
the ball of yarn, you place one or two finger over the area your
winding onto. Then pull your fingers out, rotate the ball and repeat
the process. This will make a soft ball of yarn that will knit with
the correct gauge.
Not all cast-on methods are created
equal. Some are more elastic than others. The bottom edge of a sweater
benefits from and elastic cast-on. The edge of a cuff might be better
with one that is a bit inelastic so that it doesn't stretch out
Do you have an itchy woolen sweater that
you just can't bear to wear? Try adding some inexpensive hair conditioner
to the rinse water (you'll need about four ounces). Let the sweater
soak and then drain. You may wish to rinse the sweater again if
you want to reduce the scent or to remove the excess. Your sweater
will feel much softer.
If you're having trouble with your
needlepoint "racking" or becoming distorted, using the basketweave
stitch will help. Or better yet, consider placing your work on a
frame before you start to stitch. It keeps your canvas cleaner,
MOTHS! How we hate those creatures. Using herbals
smell good but do little to deter an attack. Always put
your woolens away clean. Moths love dirty wool. If you are going
to store them then use a sealed container. Moths love dark undisturbed
Freezing to kill the eggs only works if you
have a -50 degree freezer. A household freezer just isn't cold enough.
And, unfortunately, the only thing that will kill the eggs, larva
and moths are mothballs. If you do use mothballs never put them
in contact with the wool. Place them in tissue or a paper bag and
then into the sealed container. To remove the smell, hang your woolens
out in fresh air or try scented mothballs.
Never travel with your purchased pattern. Make a copy of the pattern. If you loose the copy you're just out a copy. If you loose the original – well, if it still exists, you'll have to buy another.
Never mark-up your original. Always mark a copy. Especially if you are making several of the same item for several people in several sizes. If each item is noted as to whom it was knitted for, there will be no confusion when you go back to the pattern to make another.
If you've marked-up the original several times, good luck figuring out which notes belong to which person.
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