November 03, 2020
And then I also need to make a shop sample of the ever-popular Irish Hiking Scarf in Berroco Mercado--three skeins should make a fairly quick gift, and one that is gender-neutral for holiday gift giving.
Wait, are cables a theme here?
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I considered "saving" some of the items that arrived last week for this week's post, but decided to post them all, since I was expecting several additional things to arrive before now. But if there is a prevailing theme when it comes to operating a retail business in 2020, it is that flexibility is required.
So, while we're waiting for those deliveries, please enjoy this sneak peek. I'll tell you more later. 😇
One of the things that I've been called on to do during this time when in-person learning is paused is to recommend resources for people wanting to get started with knitting and crochet. Here are some great resources.
Tin Can Knits, particularly The Simple Collection. I recommend these regularly, because there are great basic patterns for most items you might want to knit, in a comprehensive range of sizes, and they are all supported by excellent tutorials. (They're free, but I would be just enthusiastic if they were not.)
Knit Purl Hunter Michelle Hunter has videos for nearly any specific technique you might need guidance on, presented slowly, clearly, and without "extra fluff."
Very Pink Knits Staci also has an excellent video library--of basics, techniques, and pattern-focused tutorials.
YouTube is the primary platform for crochet instruction, and this blog post from 2019 is a good round up of crochet teachers who have YouTube playlists curated specifically for beginners.
So happy to have completed Matriochka in Kim Dyes Yarn Tartlet Sport! I machine washed the finished garment on gentle, and noting that like superwash wools often do, it had "grown" a fair bit, I popped it in the dryer on low heat. Superwash wool is mixed blessing--on one hand, it protects against accidental felting (a boon if you don't know the laundry habits of a gift recipient), but on the other hand, it can feel dangerous to actually machine wash and (especially) dry it. As always, I recommend using your swatch to build your confidence--wash it how you intend to care for the finished item to establish gauge, and then for extra credit, wash it in non-optimal conditions. You'll know what to expect, and will be less fearful about your real-life gentle washing.
In honor of Socktober coming to an end, I knit a few rows on my Mondim Socks on Saturday night. While I've been wearing handknit socks almost daily, I hadn't worked on any at all during the month, and that just didn't seem right! I'm using Murky Depths Deep Sock here--a (2019) souvenir yarn for me, and one that I'm planning to add to Yarn Folk's shelves in the coming months.
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