How Not to Die from Exposure by Katie Lane or why you really should get paid for work you do.
Raveller knitphomaniac (located in Ontario, Canada) is asking if we can help donate knitting and crochet supplies for youth in the community of Attawapiskat. I’m sure you’ve all read the heart-wrenching stories. This seems like such a small ask which may have a huge impact. It didn’t take long to pull these out of my stash (with a few new added extras). If you can help, just follow the link above. The Ravelry thread gives all the details. Thanks!
Love getting packages in the mail! and today my new KnitPro Zing needles arrived – so excited!
I had to order them from the UK and it took 15 business days to get to my house in Ontario. Not too bad at all!!
I ordered a selection to try – and thought I’d show you a comparison of the 2.5mm tips between my Knit Picks fixed circular needle (top tip) and the new Zing tip (gorgeous red shaft in this size!).
The colour coding on the needles is a bonus AND they also have the size imprinted on the shaft!!
A new-to-me bind off that gives a lovely finish to this cowl edge (cowl pattern about to be tested in our Ravelry group.)
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I love sharp tips on my knitting needles. My current favourites are my Knit Picks (purchased when the needles were still made in India) and my Hiya Hiya Sharp needles. Most of the time I use a 32-40″ circular, no matter what I’m knitting, and both of these brands have super flexible cables so Magic Loop and Travelling Loop are no problem.
I do have some KnitPro Zings on order for the occasional DPN need and am excited about trying these out.
I’m working with some 100% organic cotton yarn and had to work a k4tog and ssssk as part of the pattern stitch. Needless to say, it was a little tough trying to get the needle through the 4 sts to work the decrease.
So, I played around a bit and came up with a much easier way to work those decreases and they look pretty close to identical, I think. I thought I’d share my “ksp3s” and “s4p3sk” decreases in case it comes in handy in other patterns for anyone:
There is a post here in my Ravelry group that gives the step-by-step directions for both maneuvers.