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Torn Stitch Knitting

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It is almost inevitable that at some point in time one will snag their knits and it will culminate into an actual tear. There are indeed fairly effective ways to repair a tear in your knitting. Some repairs can be, such as torn stitch knitting, made but typically tears can not be repaired successfully. It really depends on the tear. Snags can typically be repaired but not tears. A tear typically involves more yarn, independent of the item you are repairing, and in this as they say lies the rub. People who have been knitting, crocheting or generally working with yearn some time know that each skein is unique. In fact, it is recommended that one use the same dye lot of the same yarn for one project as dye colors can vary from one dye lot to another. This tends to be more profound with natural fibers as synthetic fibers are more of an over all formula that can be reproduced while natural fibers are unique in their characteristics (such as how much oil is in the wool, what type of animal did the wool come from, what conditions was the animal in). Many factors can effect the characteristics of a natural fiber and consequently the dye lot.

That all being said. It is very difficult to match yarns especially since most people do not keep a stock of the yarn around and companies change their yarn offerings from season to season. So trying to do torn stitch knitting is rarely recommended. If it is a project one completed fairly recently, we say yes give it a try. Otherwise it is as the old bible saying goes do not put a patch on old clothing. Matthew 9:16 “Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth? For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before.” So unfortunate if you have a torn knit or crochet, we recommend getting creative on ways to re-purpose the project. We would love to hear your creative ideas. Share them with the community by posting them below (email us photos). Share the wealth of information with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. Find your next project by shopping our patterns and publications today.

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8 Ways to Wear Your Scrunchies

8 cute SCRUNCHIE hairstyles! | Twist Me Pretty

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8 Ways to Wear Srunchies
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Once you make your scrunchie, the next question is how will you wear it. Thankfully, here are 8 ways you can wear your scrunchies. When you gift your scrunchies be sure to share the many ways one can wear them. To learn more about executing a successful crochet or knitted scrunchie project view our article “so many succulent scunchies”

We have both a knit and crochet scrunchie pattern. We have taught this project / pattern in our classes and workshops. They are always a huge hit. As with most things crocheters and knitters make, one’s friends and family are always asking if one can be made for them. So, these patterns will be used over and over again. Shop our scrunchie patterns (knit & crochet) at shidonna raven patterns and publications. Now is the perfect time to turn your at home time into creative time!

Work one of these patterns up or work up both of them and email us photos of your completed project. We will post them here and share them with the community. Share the wealth of information with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today.

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So many Succulent Scrunchies

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Scrunchies are one of my favorite items to crochet or knit. If you are a beginner, it is a great way to learn and practice. One also gets the experience of completing a project. Like most projects the finished product is as varied as available yarns. So, one can make several scrunchies as they are a must have and keep them unique and different by changing up the yarn. If you are an experienced crochet or knitter, this type of project may not be all that challenging to you. Yet one is sure to have a lot of fun. Give a crocheter or knitter a beautiful ball of yarn and magic happens. 

Choose your elastic for your scrunchie carefully as one will not want to take the scrunchie apart to repair a snapped elastic. One can be several quality elastics for a fairly good price. As with many if not all of the projects crocheters and knitters created, they are to be treasured for a long time to make sure your elastics are high quality and durable. We have both a knit and crochet scrunchie pattern. We have taught this project / pattern in our classes and workshops. They are always a huge hit. As with most things crocheters and knitters make, one’s friends and family are always asking if one can be made for them. So, these patterns will be used over and over again. Shop our scrunchie patterns (knit & crochet) at shidonna raven patterns and publications. Now is the perfect time to turn your at home time into creative time!

Work one of these patterns up or work up both of them and email us photos of your completed project. We will post them here and share them with the community. Share the wealth of information with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today.

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The New Yorker on “Crocheting for a Cause”

The New Yorker Crocheting for a Cause

“I’m starting with the base, which is a tree,” the street artist London Kaye said. “Once I get that up, I’ll add all the adorable koalas and goodness and things. I’m excited!” It was a face-numbingly cold early morning on a corner of Wooster and Spring Streets, and the wind cut like a knife, but Kaye, whose medium is crochet, appeared upbeat. With a white cap pulled low over her long blond hair, and wearing a pair of fingerless gloves, she secured a brown swath of crocheted yarn she had made earlier to a chain-link fence across from the SoHo Chanel store. Kaye, who is thirty-one and based in Los Angeles, was in town to install the large-scale sets—multicolor crochet creations attached to a wire-fence backdrop—that she’d made for “Beyond Babel,” a dance performance inspired by “Romeo and Juliet,” which is being put up at Judson Church, off Washington Square. On the plane from L.A., she had lugged an army duffel full of crocheted hearts with her, to hand out to the audience members. “It takes me a minute and a half to make a heart,” she said.

While in town, Kaye decided to undertake another project: a ten-foot-by-eight-foot yarn installation of outback animals encircling a sapling, to raise awareness of the Australian wildfires. “I like making things that have to do with current events, but that also make people happy,” she said, cocking her head to consider the placement of a wool branch she had just tied to the fence. Rummaging in her bag, she unfurled a life-size rust-colored yarn kangaroo. “Look, he’s got a little joey, too!” she said.

Kaye studied classical ballet as a child and learned to crochet as a teen. “When I was in ninth grade, I hurt my back badly, dancing, and that’s when it took off,” she said, attaching a supine gray koala to the fence, then thrusting her hands into her pockets to warm them. “I loved crochet. I’d sell scarves to my friends. I was always the weird girl who would bring yarn to parties.” She went to N.Y.U. on a dance scholarship, and when she graduated she began working at the Apple Store in the meatpacking district. One day, in 2013, the fibre artist Agata Oleksiak, known as Olek—who has yarn-bombed monuments such as the Wall Street bull and the Astor Place Cube—came in to buy a computer. “I thought she looked so cool,” Kaye said. “She had this crazy crochet bag.” After Olek left the store, Kaye reprinted the receipt so she could Google her name later. “That’s what led me to yarn-bombing,” she said. Realizing that her hobby could find a larger canvas, she took a scarf that she’d made—“shocking pink and lime green and fuzzy”—and wrapped it around a tree outside her Bed-Stuy apartment. She kept going, pursuing projects that mixed a dash of twee with a heap of ambition: a thousand yarn hearts tied around Union Square on Valentine’s Day; a giant crocheted Jonas Brother tacked up in Williamsburg during Winter Storm Jonas; an enormous woollen green-pepper pizza slice outside an East Village pizza joint. To every installation, she affixed a card with her Instagram handle.

Soon, companies began approaching her: Kaye has yarn-bombed a school bus for a Gap ad; a Brooklyn Starbucks; fourteen REDValentino store windows; and a Miller Lite billboard in Times Square. The branded projects allowed her to leave her job at the Apple Store and have given her the freedom to pursue her street art. Even though her creations often get taken down quickly, either by passersby or by property owners, she persists. A few years ago, on the side of a Bushwick building, Kaye installed three enormous crocheted figures—the twins from “The Shining” holding hands with the boy protagonist from Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom”—and earned the ire of local activists, who saw the work as a sign of the neighborhood’s creeping gentrification. “It was the wrong piece on the wrong building,” Kaye said. She stood on tippy-toe on a collapsible stool. “These three huge white children. It’s a painful memory, but it was a lesson.” She tugged the top of a koala’s ears over the fence’s jagged edge. “You can stretch and manipulate the yarn in such organic ways,” she said.

A bespectacled woman in a purple felt hat approached the fence, her eyes watery from the cold. “Oh, this is adorable,” she said, taking in the woodland scene. “I tried to learn to crochet recently, because I wanted to make stuff for my baby granddaughter, but I was so bad at it.” She laughed. “The friend who taught me was very patient, but somehow . . . my fingers . . . ” The woman looked down at her hands.

“Once you learn, it becomes so relaxing and meditative,” Kaye said encouragingly. She turned to the fence, her own fingers flying nimbly, fastening a wool leaf atop a wool branch. “Crochet is very forgiving.” ♦

Source: The New Yorker

Join us at our next Noble Knits & Crochet Group Meeting. Stay up to date as things open up, for our next meeting time. Or begin your next crochet or knit for a cause in the comfort of your home with one of our patterns. Need ‘Cause’ ideas? Just ask! Have you ever knitted or crocheted for a cause? What was the cause? Why did you choose this cause? Share your answers with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of information with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today.

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Understanding the Slip Stitch

Slip Stitch

The slip stitch is a beautiful and useful technique. You complete a slip stitch my slipping one stitch from the working needle to the other needle. This is usually from the left needle to the right needle for right handed knitters. Although I am not a left handed knitter, I imagine it is the reverse for a left handed knitter. This technique yields beautiful results but is often a part of a stitch, stitch pattern or a multi step stitch or technique.

Sometimes you will see the slip stitch used as an edge finishing. This will yield a cleaner and sometimes flatter finished side edge. However, many highly experienced knitters will tell you when the slip stitch is used this way it is usual to compensate for or to hide tension issues or in place of a more appropriate edge finishing such as an i-cord or a ribbing.

The slip stitch is more appropriately used for completing techniques like short rows where stitches are wrapped. It can also be used as a part of a multi step technique to create shapes like shells or other yarn gatherings. The linen stitch is an example of a beautiful stitch which uses the slip stitch to from a dense fabric which is much less elastic than traditional knitted fabrics.

Understanding the slip stitch better will improve your understanding of our patterns. Of course, we do offer pattern support (when you purchase a pattern) should you have any questions regarding our patterns. It will also strengthen your mastery and execution of knitting. In our knitting and crocheting classes we take care to teach you the foundations of knitting and crocheting so that it becomes a talent you truly understand and appreciate. View our patterns at shidonnaravenpa.com or register for one of our classes at shidonnaravenc.wixsite.com/nobleknits/classes. What techniques would you like to learn? What is your skill level (knit or crochet)? Have you ever taken classes (knit or crochet) virtually? Share your answers with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of information with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today.

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Washing vs Blocking Wool

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As you probably know, one of my students completed a beautiful baby blanket for a new addition to the family. She purchased beautiful wool yarn from Cascade Yarns. She asked me about blocking the blanket and then told me she had washed it, which are too different things. Cascade Yarns has a beautiful selection of yarns. Some of their wools are even washable: superwash. So, I thought, let me give it a little more information. Before we get too far, there are a couple of ways to block:

  • Steam Blocking
  • Spray Blocking
  • Wet Blocking

If you would like to learn more about the differences, just ask or leave a comment and expect a reply. The important thing to remember whenever blocking or washing wool is”

  • Be careful with the water. Just use as much water as you need. Less is more in this area.
  • Be careful not to agitate the wool. Normally agitation is good in washing because that is how the dirt gets loosen. Again, in the case of wool, less of this is more.
  • Be careful to keep the temperature as cool as possible.

All of the three proceeding things done too much will encourage felting, which is totally different than your traditional wool fabric as you know. This applies to both blocking and washing wool. So, what is the best way to wash wools:

  • Fill a clean sink with lukewarm water
  • Add wool detergent
  • Squeeze your wool gently and allow to soak. Do not wring your wool as this will cause damage to your fabric.
  • Once the wool is clean lay it out on top of a towel. Roll the wool up into the towel and press the water out into the towel.
  • Lay your wool out on a new dry towel and allow to dry. Bobbles or pills will appear in small amounts on your wool due to agitation. This is natural. Use a shaver or comb to remove any bobbles or pills.

Would you like to learn more about blocking? Great, just ask or leave a comment. How long have you been crocheting or knitting? What is your favorite blocking method, why? Share your answers with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of information with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today.

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True to our Passions

As the saying goes: do what you love and you will never work a day in your life. With all the hours we put in, we believe that saying is 100 percent correct. Our roots were founded in sewing and like most people who sew, knit or crochet, we have been doing it since we were children. We loved it then and we love it now. Before we knew what draping was, we were draping clothes on our Barbies and hand sewing the latest fashions around Barbie town.

We not only develop and create patterns and publications, we teach as well. It always strikes me as interesting how much and how deeply we can talk about knitting or crocheting. My students contact me throughout the week and day with random questions about projects, knitting and crocheting. Were this any other job, aka job we did not love, we might not be so readily available. But since we love what we do, we are always thrilled to get the questions and to hear from students about what they are working on. We also believe in our crafts and the preservation of them.

So, we welcome you to a unique experience. As knitters and crocheters ourselves we have seen many patterns and know what a difference it can make to be able to ask a question or two about the pattern and the project itself. You work so hard and long to complete your project and you make every effort to do it correctly and completely. We understand. That is why we are here to offer you support with the patterns and publications you purchase with us. So, do not be shy. Ask. Do you knit or crochet? How long have you been doing it? How did you start? Share your answers with the community by sharing them below. Share the wealth of information with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people.