Tag: Knitsplaining

Who’s Afraid of Positive Ease?

“But what does the actual measurement mean? And what even is a measurement that isn’t actual? Does that mean sweaters have a pretend measurement aswell?” Ok, I hear you. It’s confusing. We need to talk about Ease. “Hmm, I thought I was asking about actual measurements. But if you would rather talk about ease, we can do that too but… Read more →

Block and Roll

In my knitting-as-a-story sense of a project, there’s a pleasing simplicity to the way that the beginning, middle and end, map so nicely onto swatching, knitting and blocking. 3 critical sections, each of which contributes to the whole, but the first 2 of which tend to get the most attention. So in the interest of balance and completion, today we… Read more →

Bobble Trouble

For the most part, us knitters have plenty to feel good about – our pastime is good for our mental health, it keeps us and our friends warm, it supports sheep, shepherds and hillsides, and it’s spawned a creative scene that’s full of talented designers. But just in case we need reminding of the imperfect nature of the universe, we… Read more →

You *can* do the maths

A few days ago, this came in an email to the shop.. ‘I would love to make the Burgos with the João but I don’t want to use a second laceweight silk yarn, as I don’t do silk and want to keep that wonderful 419 green colour.In theory, would it work to just make it 2 or three sizes larger… Read more →

The Madonna of the Yarn Winder

Is there really a Madonna of the Yarn Winder? Well there’s a painting with that name by Leonardo Da Vinci that shows the Madonna, her naked child and something that looks like a niddy noddy meets drop spindle contraption. It’s had a bit of an adventurous time lately – stolen by robbers disguised as policemen and eventually returned to the… Read more →

When is a sweater not a sweater?

Perhaps when it’s a light weight top which isn’t about keeping you warm? Or when it’s got short sleeves? When it looks nice on its own, not worn over something else? When you want to wear it on a hot day! Now I know what you’re thinking – ‘Here she goes again – banging on about knitting for the summer,… Read more →

A Circular Argument

‘It’s a just a hat – why do I need 2 different sorts of needles?’ ‘Finally reached the sleeve decreases and now even my 40cm circular is too long. What’s the best way to get to the cuff?’ ‘I want to make my first pair of socks – is it better to use DPNs or a long circular with the… Read more →

Wild and Washy

‘I’m making a baby blanket, so it’s got to be washable.‘ ‘It’s a sweater for my son. There’s no way he’ll wash it by hand. I need something that will go in the machine.‘ ‘Someone on Instagram said superwash wool is bad. Is that true? It sounds like it should be great.‘ We had to get here eventually.. It’s time… Read more →

Mohair or no-hair?

One strand good, 2 strands better? Really? Will the addition of that super-skinny thread really make a difference? And if i’m not that great of a knitter will I be able to manage it? And oh my, it’s looking p r e t t y pricey now you’ve added in those extra balls of fluff, so what about we leave… Read more →