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Caring for Hand-Dyed Yarns

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Caring for Hand-Dyed Yarns

In all of my self-published books (which you can see here), most of the patterns are made with hand-dyed yarns.  I love indie dyers. I always want to support small businesses as I am a small business too.  I think it is very important to support each other in this way. I am always on the lookout for new hand dyers to work with!  But taking care of hand-dyed yarns can be tricky sometimes.  If the color isn't set properly, it can bleed into other colors that may be in your project. Sometimes there are special fiber blends, such as...

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5 Ways to Love Your Yarn Stash

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5 Ways to Love Your Yarn Stash

Every 6-8 months or so, I go into my yarn stash and purge. Much of what I purge is leftover yarn from projects that I keep “just in case”. Once a period of time goes by I feel comfortable to let the leftovers go to a school or senior center that has a fiber group. But there also tends to be several skeins that I may have had sitting in my yarn stash for 2-3 years that I keep telling myself that I am going to use.  Then a year or two later that yarn falls out of favor and...

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The Magic Ring - Starting Circles From the Center Out

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The Magic Ring - Starting Circles From the Center Out

I absolutely LOVE the Magic Ring. This technique allows you to create a very tight center opening for a hat, or anything else that you start working in the round from the center out. Let's learn how to do them! 1. Wrap the yarn around your fingers Place the tail of the yarn across the front of your first 3 fingers, then wrap the yarn once around your fingers. Place the working yarn (the yarn that is coming from your skein) behind your hand The working yarn will fall to the back of your hand crossing over to land to...

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Seamless Joins In The Round

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Seamless Joins In The Round

One of my big pet peeves when working in the round is seeing a seam.  If you are working with single crochet it is not so visible, but use half double or taller and that join and turning chain become obvious. After more than 40 years of crocheting, I have finally stumbled across a way of doing the joins in which the seam is virtually invisible. I was skeptical at first, but in the past 3 years, I have used this in a variety of patterns I have released and I tell you it works beautifully for the most part!...

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Weave in Ends - Reliably!

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Weave in Ends - Reliably!

One of the most important parts of crochet, yet the most overlooked part, is finishing off, or, rather learning to weave in the ends. When my Nonna taught me to crochet way back in 1974, there were two things she told me that continue to reverberate in my head: 1) The back of the piece must look as good as the front, even if no one else is going to see it. 2) Finishing is what makes your piece shine. She also taught me a foolproof way to weave in ends without the possibility of having them pull out with...

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