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Relaxing and productive ways of spending the time. Background image of Russian Spindle copyright by Michael Sherwood 2012 (www.satisfyingphotos.com)
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What are knitting needles made of? • LoveKnitting Blog

What are knitting needles made of? • LoveKnitting Blog | Spinning, Weaving and Knitting | Scoop.it
From aluminium to wood, knitting needles now come in a range of fabulous materials. Elizabeth Bagwell explains the differences.   What a needle is mad
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Crochet Jellyfish - One Dog Woof

Crochet Jellyfish - One Dog Woof | Spinning, Weaving and Knitting | Scoop.it
Cute crochet jellyfish to make for a nursery, as a mobile for a sea-themed room, or just for fun for a friend! I promise, they don't sting!
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FO: Gramps Cardigan

FO: Gramps Cardigan | Spinning, Weaving and Knitting | Scoop.it
My secret knitting is no longer secret! The sweater can get its time in the
spotlight now that it’s arrived at its new home. If I hadn’t been keeping
this a surprise, it would have shown up several times and probably with a
poem titled ‘An Ode To Ripping’. I haven’t written said poem but could have
thanks to all the inspiration knitting the sweater gave me. All the
frogging aside, the Gramps cardigan turned out to be a lovely sweater that
I was proud to give to a very good friend and her new baby.

When I was trying to decide what to make, I had to cross blankets off the
list because I didn’t have the time. A hat or booties didn’t seem like
enough, but a sweater seemed just right. After a couple hours looking
through baby sweater patterns on Ravelry, I picked the Gramps Cardigan by
Kate Oates. The finished sweaters all looked really cute. Plus, I like the
idea of dressing up babies in vintage “old-man” style sweaters. Sold. I
ordered the yarn, knit a swatch, and cast on. 

The knitting was pretty easy and the cables were fun to work once I got the
pattern in my head. All the times I had to rip were my own fault for not
reading ahead. I ripped because I didn’t like how I’d handled the cable
pattern next to the neck decreases. I ripped again because I knit the first
sleeve before knowing where I’d have to match up the cable patterns and
said sleeve turned out way too long. I ripped a third and forth time
because I kept messing up the short row shawl collar. Tinking short rows
worked in 2x2 rib is not my jam, but binge watching Haven helped get me
through it. 

It’s been awhile since I’ve blocked a sweater and it wasn’t as complicated
as this one. The cables definitely needed some tidying up and the shawl
collar needed a little preening too. It got a good bath with a capful of
Eucalan before I squeezed all the water out that I could. I was holding my
breath when I unrolled it and did my initial measurements so I could block
it to size. It hadn’t grown, or shrunk, and the sleeves hadn’t added any
extra inches. Whew. I used my blocking wires and this tutorial from Tin Can
Knits to get the cables looking crisp and even. The wires also added just
the right amount of structure to support the shawl collar while it dried. 

The last step was sewing on the buttons which I did after the sweater had
dried. Then I just had to mail it and it got there just in time. Now, I’m
not saying this sweater has baby summoning powers but I’m not going to
explicitly deny it either. 

The Specs

Pattern: Gramps Cardigan by Kate Oates 

Yarn: 363 yds Cascade 220 Superwash - Citron

Needles: US 6 (4mm) Circulars

Date: April 12 - May 12, 2016

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Running out of stash.

Running out of stash. | Spinning, Weaving and Knitting | Scoop.it
I’ve been thinking a lot about my stash lately and wondering what I’m going to do with some of the fibre I have accumulated over time. My enthusiasm and excitement lays with natural shades and local fibre but I’ve been feeling the pull of some smaller, brighter spinning projects. As well, I have two projects…
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White Cabled Cowl

White Cabled Cowl | Spinning, Weaving and Knitting | Scoop.it
This White Cabled Cowl is the perfect little neckwarming accessory. Since this cowl takes only about a half as much knitting as a full-length scarf, you will have a new cowl in no time!
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Knitted Borders and Corners

Knitted Borders and Corners | Spinning, Weaving and Knitting | Scoop.it
When you're adding a knitted-on border there may be corners. Here is a method using short rows to smoothly round those turns.
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Weekend Knitting

Weekend Knitting | Spinning, Weaving and Knitting | Scoop.it
I love knitting lace and find lace shawls to be an excellent break from my more routine projects as they require more patience and concentration.  Lace tends to be my “early morning” pr…
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Pattern from history – purple hearts from 1987

Pattern from history – purple hearts from 1987 | Spinning, Weaving and Knitting | Scoop.it
“Pattern from history” posts were born when my lovely grandmother gave me all (well, almost all) of her old pattern sheets. And it was many. She collected those years and years and I think it’s a f…
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The World's Most Romantic Socks Are Knitted on an Active Volcano

The World's Most Romantic Socks Are Knitted on an Active Volcano | Spinning, Weaving and Knitting | Scoop.it
For a unique gift, order a pair from the island of Tristan da Cunha.
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FO Friday – Black Pillar

FO Friday – Black Pillar | Spinning, Weaving and Knitting | Scoop.it
This week’s finished project is a lovely handspun yarn called “Black Pillar.”  It was the March club shipment from Spunky Eclectic and a totally new-to-me fibre blend of 65% Polwa…
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Top 15 Free Shawl Knitting Patterns

Top 15 Free Shawl Knitting Patterns | Spinning, Weaving and Knitting | Scoop.it
Your to-knit list is about to get really long! You won't be able to resist adding these gorgeous FREE shawl knitting patterns to your list.
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Be like a Sneaker Ad | PLY Magazine

Be like a Sneaker Ad | PLY Magazine | Spinning, Weaving and Knitting | Scoop.it
Today we’re delighted to have guest blogger Beth Vincelette visit us to discuss her story of learning to spin. We think many of you will be nodding your heads as you read, recognizing your own experiences in Beth’s account. On a good day, when the planets are properly aligned and the volcanoes have all been …
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A worthwhile lesson that I need to take onboard!
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WIP Wednesday – Big Thaw

WIP Wednesday – Big Thaw | Spinning, Weaving and Knitting | Scoop.it
Only six more weeks until our farmer’s market opens for the year! I can’t wait to get back to our Saturday routine and catch up with everyone.  In preparation for the opening of the mar…
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reasons to be cheerful – books books BOOKS!

reasons to be cheerful – books books BOOKS! | Spinning, Weaving and Knitting | Scoop.it
There is just so much happiness happening in the knitty booky world. I feel the need to spread the cheer a bit.
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Pie Are Done

Pie Are Done | Spinning, Weaving and Knitting | Scoop.it
Two pounds of handspun alpaca went into this Pie Are Square shawl. No wonder it took me so long!
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All The Pretty Fiber

All The Pretty Fiber | Spinning, Weaving and Knitting | Scoop.it
The RI Fiber Festival and Craft Fair was this past weekend and it was a lovely time! The weather held out (chilly but no rain) and there were more vendors present than in previous years. Even though we didn't have time to prep as much as we would've liked, Sweet Sheep had a pretty great…
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Vintage Crochet History: 1943

Vintage Crochet History: 1943 | Spinning, Weaving and Knitting | Scoop.it
50 Years of Vintage Crochet History. Here is our look at 1943 crochet!
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Pineapple Lace is a Crochet Tradition

Pineapple Lace is a Crochet Tradition | Spinning, Weaving and Knitting | Scoop.it
Pineapple lace crochet has a long and glorious tradition. Get started with some history, a tutorial, and free patterns.
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Hitofude Ryuu – a dragon in one stroke, and a nice cardigan

Hitofude Ryuu – a dragon in one stroke, and a nice cardigan | Spinning, Weaving and Knitting | Scoop.it
Hitofude is a popular cardigan pattern on Ravelry. It's knit in one piece. What I didn't know is that Hitofude Ryuu means "Dragon drawn with one stroke," as you do. This is a Japanese calligraphy artist creating the dragon body with one stroke. Pretty freeking cool. Via Junko.
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Fiber Flux: Free Crochet Pattern...Ocean Shimmer Capelet Cowl

Fiber Flux: Free Crochet Pattern...Ocean Shimmer Capelet Cowl | Spinning, Weaving and Knitting | Scoop.it
RT @UCrafter: Free #crochet pattern: Ocean Shimmer Capelet Cowl by @fiberflux with #tutorial https://t.co/MxmGSTVXxf https://t.co/7MxSLGwz0H
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