Category Archives: tricks and tips

How To: Spinning a Gradient Yarn

Howdy fiber folk! It’s Spinzilla . . . so no podcast this weekend (I am devoting every minute I can spare to time with my Ladybug–and family, of course!) But, *for* Spinzilla, I spun a gradient yarn, so, I decided to … Continue reading

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Two at a Time: Sleeve Caps

Well, now, happy Wednesday everyone! Here is a shot of my Georgetown— My post’s title is a bit of a misnomer . . . I don’t knit my sleeve caps at the same time, as some folks do with socks. … Continue reading

Posted in cardigan, construction, decisions, design, Georgetown, knitting, plans, sleeve, sleeve cap, sweater, tips, tricks and tips | 7 Comments

T-Pins Tip

I’ve been working on my Persian Dreams Blanket (somewhat secretively), but I had to share this quick tip: if you need a lot of T-pins for blanket squares, hexis, or lacework, head over to your local office supply store! Do … Continue reading

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Lengthening a Knit Sweater

As some of you know, last weekend I published a new knitting instructional video about lengthening your sweater. This is a great technique for fixing what ails your knitwear. So, pull out those languishing not-quite-right knits and modify them! Cut … Continue reading

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Video Tutorial: Bracelet Plying a 3-Ply Yarn

**Help me celebrate the knittingthestash YouTube channel launch: visit the blogpost OR the channel and enter to win an awesome one-of-a-kind handspun skein of yarn!  All you have to do is leave a comment in either place! The drawing will be this … Continue reading

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Video Tutorial: Adapting a Pattern

Hot Pantz Math was so much fun that I asked my better half (and video-maker husband) to whip up a quick instructional video for  posterity. I am proud to present another installment in what he has termed the “Melissa Knits/Melissa … Continue reading

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Finding My Way, I Mean WIP . . .

I never thought I would be a knitter with unfinished projects. UFOs, we call them–aliens that we hardly recognize. But, years into this hobby, I must admit to a few lurking UFOs in my stash. I don’t often see them, … Continue reading

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