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Knitting tutorials, knitting techniques, knitting tips and our well-loved Know Your Sheep series.

Soak, Spring Cleaning, Knitwear Care

Spring Clean: Knitwear Care.

In our previous Spring Clean article we’ve established that keeping your woollies clean is a key step in preventing moth infestation. Many washing machines today come with a gentle wool cycle which typically features low temperature washing with low speed tumbling and spinning. Low temperatures will protect your knitwear from felting while low speed spinning Read the full article…

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Understanding Yarn – choosing the right yarn for your project

Knitting patterns are usually written with a certain type of yarn in mind, meaning that the designer has put lots of thought into the characteristics of their chosen yarn as this will impact the finished piece of knitwear considerably. Therefore when choosing yarn for a pattern, it is good to understand the yarn characteristics of the Read the full article…

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Tutorial – How to Knit Nupps

Kate and I have been knitting lots of bobbles lately. Really a lot. Kate finished her last cardi, Ronn by Karin Weststrand  while I am half way through the Viaduct shawl by Beata Jezek. Bobbles – also known as Estonian nupp – are often found in lace patterns and there are several possible ways to knit them. Here is a review Read the full article…

Know Your Sheep, Shetlands, Shetland Islands, Wool Journey, Jamieson and Smith

Know Your Sheep – The Shetland Sheep

Many elements should be taken into account when assessing the quality of a yarn and the most important of all is of course the fleece it is made from. Fleece – or wool – varies from one breed of sheep to another, carrying specific structural elements that impact the softness, strength and drape of the yarn. Knowing about the fleece produced by different breeds of sheep is a good way to understand what Read the full article…