Category Archives: big questions

Ask a Designer w/ Kephren Pritchett and Albina McLaughlan

A month or so ago, I asked you all what questions you have for knitwear designers . . . and wowza! you all came through with some brilliant ideas!  Two of my favorite designers, Kephren Pritchett and Albina McLaughlin, agreed … Continue reading

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Socks . . . Against the Machine?

While hanging out with some lovely spinning and knitting friends this week, up came the subject of handknit vs machine knit socks. Debbie has been working with Beth to repair and bring life to the guild’s sock knitting machine and when … Continue reading

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Variegated?

Today, a simple question: why variegated yarn? Why? Why does it draw me in and make me want to pick it up, to buy it, to imagine it becoming something that somehow magically maintains the look of the beautifully dyed … Continue reading

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Good Yarn, Bad Yarn

I did not fully realize it at the time, but I’ve been spoiled by yarn from some excellent indie dyers: 8-ply, squishy, resilient, brilliant, indie yarn. Compared to some, I have only been knitting socks for a brief while. But, … Continue reading

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Lap Waste: A Definition

After posting this Tuesday’s Spring Single, I got to thinking . . . what is “lap waste” anyway? And is it different from “mill ends”? I was sold “mill ends” and “lap waste” from different sources and they pretty much … Continue reading

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Cheers to Knitting the Pretties

Sometimes I stare into my stash or I squish some lovely yarn and I think to myself, “how could I knit this??!”  Yesterday, I pulled out some 80/20 Merino/Nylon fingering yarn from Log House Cottage and had that moment: it’s just … Continue reading

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In Defense of DPNs

A hot topic . . . in knitting, at least. With magic loop and other circs available, I feel that many knitters have given up on DPNs as old-fashioned and hard to manage. I was knitting on some DPNs in … Continue reading

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