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5 Responses When a Favorite Yarn is Discontinued

Filed in Industry Insight by on March 5, 2015 2 Comments
5 Responses When a Favorite Yarn is Discontinued

As a designer, one of the most sure-fire ways to ensure a yarn will be discontinued is to design something you LOVE with said yarn. It is not what we want as designers, it is not what you want as consumers – but it happens. This just happened to me earlier this week. A yarn […]

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Stitch Maps: Another Way to Chart

Filed in Just Stitches, Skill Building by on March 2, 2015 0 Comments
Stitch Maps: Another Way to Chart

A couple of weeks ago I had another opportunity to talk with JC Briar. Among her many accomplishments, she is the creator of Stitch Maps, a unique way to visualize your knitting on paper or screen.

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Leftover Yarns Made Beautiful

Filed in Skill Building by on February 26, 2015 0 Comments
Leftover Yarns Made Beautiful

Every time I teach a class about taking leftover yarns and turning them into beautiful fabric I get excited about the process all over again! And so it happens yet again, one week after teaching Knit a Masterpiece From Leftover Yarns at Stitches West. I was wearing my version of the skirt from our FLY Skirt KAL […]

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Stretch your Skills: Knitting from Charts

Filed in Skill Building by on February 23, 2015 0 Comments
Stretch your Skills: Knitting from Charts

Our theme for the month at EduKnit and as part of the #NextLevelKAL has been Charts. We’ve discussed all kinds of charts with our EduKnit community, including charts for lace, texture, and color. When I first began to knit, charts were intimidating to me; though I am, generally, a visual learner, there was something about […]

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Book Review: Knitting Fresh Brioche

Filed in Point of View by on February 19, 2015 11 Comments
Book Review: Knitting Fresh Brioche

I feel like I have to start with a disclaimer as Nancy Marchant and I are friends and I have taken classes from her. Even so, I wouldn’t give a good review of Knitting Fresh Brioche if I didn’t believe it was warranted. That being said, her latest book, Knitting Fresh Brioche: Creating Two-Color Twists […]

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Gauge: 4 Free Lessons

Filed in Skill Building by on February 16, 2015 0 Comments
Gauge: 4 Free Lessons

If it seems to you that knitting teachers talk about gauge all the time, you’re probably right. If you want control over the size of something you’re making, then learning to control the gauge is the superpower you seek.

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Knitting In Any Lanuage

Filed in Skill Building by on February 12, 2015 0 Comments
Knitting In Any Lanuage

Last week, while Kellie and I were filming for EduKnit, we had a chance to spend a little time with friend and fellow knitting instructor Gayle Roehm. Because we are almost always teaching at the same time, I had never really got to talk to Gayle about her specialty, Japanese knitting patterns. So getting to […]

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A Chat With Kellie and Gwen

Filed in Out of Our Head, Point of View by on February 9, 2015 0 Comments
A Chat With Kellie and Gwen

Once again I moved around the furniture and turned my family room into a video studio for a few days. Gwen and I got down to business and got just about all the videos created for editing into our next few months of features on Eduknit, as well as some bonus videos just for 2sides2points.com. […]

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Book review of JC Briar’s Charts Made Simple

Filed in Point of View by on February 5, 2015 2 Comments
Book review of JC Briar’s Charts Made Simple

Our assistant, Jess, is back today with a book review of Charts Made Simple – a book written by our good friend, JC Briar.

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Fearless Fudging

Filed in Industry Insight, Point of View, Skill Building by on February 2, 2015 0 Comments
Fearless Fudging

As you know, Gwen comes to Maryland about once a quarter to make videos of knitting techniques. Every time she comes, we get better and better at our skills in making videos, but perhaps more importantly, we’ve become nearly fearless about improvising, trying again and just making it work.

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