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Knitting with Life Lines

September 5, 2012

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You may remember my previous post on Life Lines, which is very helpful but I have been thinking for quite a while that I really needed to create a video that demonstrated me inserting a life line as well as how they work. Sometimes you really need to see a thing to really get it. Often when someone is describing an action I will try to picture it but if they don't use the right words or actions for me to "get" it, I won't. The same can be said of pictures when demonstrating an action. As with life lines, if you already sort of get it then just the pictures and the info are enough, but if you don't get it then this video is for you. In it I show you how to insert your life line, when to insert it, how it works when you make a mistake and other tips for using your life lines. Enjoy!!


Knitting Video: How to Knit Backwards

August 27, 2012

Otherwise known as: avoiding the Purl Stitch at all costs!

Chevron Decrease

July 9, 2012

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The Chevron Decrease, AKA the Double Decrease is one of my favorite visual techniques. The vertical ridge that it creates makes for an interesting texture as well as focal point in your knitting. It is not so intricate that it must stand alone; the chevron decrease compliments other stitch techniques to create some beautiful combinations. This decrease is easily achieved but it can also be easily misunderstood. If you do not slip your stitches correctly the look you end up with can be sloppy, or just "off" looking. With my video to guide you, you can make sure you do the Chevron Decrease correctly because I also show you an often made mistake as well as the correct method several times. Couple this decrease with an equal number of increases to create your own chevron pattern for some hip fall styles! 

Video Guide to Wet Blocking your Knitted Project

May 2, 2012

Small Diameter Knitting on 2 Circulars (Video)

April 13, 2012

I also forgot to mention the main reason why you knit with the needle on the same cable, it is so each set of stitches stays on that cable. 

Tara's Sewing Room

March 26, 2012

Here are the details on some of the products I have in my room. Let me know if you have questions on anything else you see in the room.

My previous sewing room video

Hanging lamp (My husband added the switch, it's from the hardware store)

Scrap Drawers under cutting table

Favorite Fabric Collection: Erin Michael Uptown by Moda

Hanging clips (on thumbtacks on wall)

You can see my Lorax (Free Pattern here) in the sewing table scene

Sewing Machine Cover (This is SUPER during pollen season which coincidences with open window season)

Make the shirt I'm wearing

Fabric covered plates tutorial


Knitting with Dropped Stitches

March 5, 2012

Lace work is not the only way to achieve an open and airy look to your knitting. With Spring fast approaching, I am sure you are planning some lighter garments and delicate shawls. This video will demonstrate how to work dropped stitches into your patterns to create a different kind of open work to create spring sweaters summer shawls to lighten up your wardrobe in anticipation of warmer weather. 

Knitting Button Holes

September 12, 2011

For a long time, I avoided any project with buttons holes for one reason: I could not make them neat. As hard as I tried buttonholes always threw off my projects. I could spend hours knitting something perfectly but when it came down to the buttonholes, it ruined the whole piece. Happily, I was not alone in my dislike for buttonholes and they have come a long way since I began knitting. Let me share with you some of my favorite methods to create great looking and hard working button holes.

Above I used Vertical Buttonhole for my French Press Pattern

 When I pick up a button band or I need to knit horizontal buttonholes into a project, I go with this method. It is fast, easy and secure. The finished look is very clean and symmetrical. I love that it is all done in one row since I have a past of forgetting to cast back on for 2 row button holes and so I spend lots of time unknitting.  One Row button hole:
Amy, from has helped me through many issues with her helpful videos and no less so with this one. She recommends you write down the instructions but I have found a printable version here

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Above is a 4 st One Row Buttonhole that is sturdy 
enough for my homemade toggle buttons.

Eunny Lang, editor at Interweave Knits, demonstrates a more precise and slightly complicated (involving more tools than the above method) One Row Buttonhole here. I would recommend this buttonhole method when working with fine yarn, lace or when you need an absolute perfect buttonhole. This is the Rolls Royce of buttonholes, only to be trotted out when you need to show some pomp and splendor. For every day, the previous One Row Buttonhole version is your best bet.

Now, sometimes a knitter needs a vertical buttonhole and horizontal will not do. In that case try JeshKnits pictorial tutorial. Her pictures are crisp and clear and show you from just the right angle how to go about achieving a great vertical buttonhole. I love these for sleeve bands and cowls. Vertical Buttonholes:

Check out our great knitting and crochet section here for awesome deals for all your buttonhole needs


Using an Umbrella Yarn Swift

July 11, 2011

Somethings are best left to videos rather than photos. There was no way I would have been able to properly show you how great our Umbrella Yarn Swift is without a video. I love mine and use it much more than I would have thought. I went years without one thinking that I don't get that many yarn hanks so I can do without. Well, not only do hanks add up but also yarn balls that have been partially knitted and been the plaything of dogs and small children need to be wound up as well. Previously winding a hank to a ball took me an hour using my knees but with the Umbrella Yarn Swift, my time is down to less than 5 min. This is definitely a bonus. 

Crochet Cast On

July 4, 2011

When you are in need of an excellent seamless cast on, you can't go wrong with the Crochet Cast On. The Crochet Cast On is a flawless cast on perfect for joins, grafting and decorative bind offs. You can use it when knitting identical halves of scarf or shawls, for sock toes or when matching your cast on to your bind off. You don't need to know to know how to crochet to complete the crochet cast on, but having a feel for the hook is helpful in learning this new technique. It is a great foundation for pick up stitches later on and is easy to pull out later.

All you need is your working yarn, some waste yarn in a contrasting color, your needle and a crochet hook.  It is a terrific alternative to the Provisional Cast On, if you are short on cable needles or just prefer this method. It is always good to have a few tricks up your sleeve and more than one way to get the end result, if the end result you are looking for is a seamless join or graft!

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