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Hand Cream for Knitters

Hand creams can be found everywhere and, I am often at knitter’s events, I am frequently exposed to hand creams that are being marketed to knitters. I personally have been seeking such a product as I have naturally dry hands and I think that handling yarn doesn’t help. I was looking for a hand cream that was healing and was “light”. This means, to me, that it should absorb into my hands and I should not feel anything oily or thick on my hands that could ever get onto the yarn. I personally like to use some of the silk, alpaca and mohair yarns and, as you can understand, I especially would not want the cream residue to transfer onto...

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Math & Knitting

We always joke in my family that my brother is the math/science guy and I’m the artsy one. He is, after all, a PHD chemist, and I spend most of my days getting paid to play with yarn. I wasn’t necessarily the best or worst at the subject in school, but have since found that math can practically be applied to many aspects of knitting, from gauge swatches to stitch counts in lace.  You see, lace knitting works on simple math, in multiples of a digit, sometimes plus or minus a few stitches. For example, a pattern may be worked in a multiple of 4, so 4, 8, 16, 20, and so on, stitches. It could also be worked in...

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Monthly Newsletters

Hello fellow knitters. The blog this week is to let you know about our transition from the weekly blog to a monthly newsletter/ blog. We will be using this transition for many purposes, which we will explain in the first newsletter, which will be sent to you in July. Meanwhile, what have I been doing?  Well, among the changes in the last 20 years in New York that I notice is that there are now many fresh fruit and vegetable stands in most neighborhoods. These stands have quite good prices but often not the freshest product. Mostly, one must plan to use them the same day or one day later which isn’t so bad as I often shop there at...

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Using Up My Stash

It took a while but I did finish my first knit out my stash project and then discovered a lovely yarn that I had bought years ago. This yarn, called Qiviuk, comes from the down of a musk ox and combines musk ox down and silk and it the softest and loveliest yarn I think I have ever touched. It comes form Windy Valley Musk ox in Alaska. Of course, it was pricy but I didn’t resist and then I put it away and finally took it out and then looked for a pattern to use with it. This is where my collection of knitting books really comes in handy. Went to the bookshelf which is organized by topic and...

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A gift to yourself

Maybe it is I but I can’t imagine that someone else would be able to find the perfect gift for me as I think that I have very specialized desires. In addition, I am not a fan of gifts that have been commercialized so that the giver feels obligated to find something, almost anything, to give. That type of gift especially includes things like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. How many gifts have we gotten that were bought under holiday pressure and relegated to hidden places. I am reminded of visiting a friend in Florida many years ago and she said that shopping for jewelry in pawnshops was fun and cheap so off we went to a local pawnshop and...

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