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The Care & Keeping of Non-Superwash Yarns

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Superwash yarns seem to be everywhere these days. A perennial favorite of hand-dyers for the ability to capture color, and an easy-care regimen means that many of our knitters and crocheters prefer to work with superwash fibers over non-treated ones. We feature superwash yarns in many shipments at Knitcrate, but you may have noticed that some of our past crates and some of the pop-up shop yarns...

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August 2018 Membership Knitting Tips & Tricks

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I was very excited about this month’s KnitCrate for two reasons. First… there was a pattern booklet! I loved this because I could immediately flip through and see what the patterns were like. (In fact, I was so inspired I cast-on immediately.)

Second… SPECKLES! Speckle-dyed yarns are so on-trend this year that I was
secretly wondering if we’d see some in a KnitCrate. Waiting did not disappoint.
Shown...

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July 2018 Membership Crate Knitting Tips & Tricks

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There’s got to be some of you out there like me, trying like mad to catch up on your KnitCrate FOs (finished objects)! We’ve been getting some big-time yardage lately, but it takes time to finish projects made with fingering weight yarns, right? This month we get a breather with a quick knit in squishy soft Knitologie Bouncy Worsted. “Bouncy” is an accurate adjective here, because this superwash...

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June 2018 Membership Knitting Tips

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Cashmere, we got cashmere! Not to mention 874 wonderful yards of it. Ok, ok, it’s a blend, but let me tell you, it goes a long way to make each skein of Vidalana Sumptous feel like a cloud. Yes, you can use this 75% superwash Merino, 15% nylon, 10% cashmere yarn for socks–but it’s excellent for shawls, too!

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I’m a fringe gal, so I immediately fell for the included knitting pattern, Minty Fresh
by...

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Knitting Tips for the April 2018 Membership Crate

This is the first time I’ve seen Audine Wools, a 100% merino DK, in a self-striping colorway and I’m delighted! (Can we get a self-striping version of all the yarns out there, too?) Dyeing skeins in this way takes some extra effort, so I really love when new combos come past my radar.

This colorway is Red Rock, which I’m really curious to see used in the included
shawl pattern Clorisby Emily...

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What’s in your knitting tool kit?

A travel knitting notion bag that remains in your travel carry on bag? Genius, I say! Inadvertently there is always something missing while I’m away on a trip. Why, oh why would I keep unpacking and packing my notions each and every time I travel? I bet most of us have duplicates of all of our notions–so why not just organize a bag before hand? 

photo by Leslie Friend

photo by Leslie Friend

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Tips for the March 2018 Membership Crate

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photo by Dayana Knits

SPARKLES! MY YARN IS SPARKLING!! I’ve tried a million ways to photograph the glitter in this month’s Knitologie Sugared Sock – but nothing compares to having a skein of this silver-stranded yarn in your hand. That shine comes from 10% Stellina, a manufactured fiber that might remind you of ‘icicles’ for a Christmas tree. The rest of the yarn is high quality sock fiber with 70%...

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All About Fingering Yarn

Did you know that Fingering weight and sock yarn aren’t always the exact same thing? Today, we’re exploring Fingering weight yarn that isn’t sock yarn as part of our ‘All About Yarn’ series. (Check out the first post in this series, All About Sock Yarn).

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photo by Hannah Thiessen, featuring two Plucky Knitter fingering-weights

Often mis-called ‘Fingerling’ yarn, Fingering weight yarn typically knits...

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Fast Fiber Facts Part Two: Protein Fibers

We’re back with another round of Fast Fiber Facts with Miriam Felton, a designer, blogger, and the voice behind the Yarnstories Podcast. 

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photo by Hannah Thiessen

Protein Fibers

Silk comes from the cocoons of the silk worm. Whether the silk is considered Tussah (aka Wild Silk) or Bombyx (aka Mulberry) depends on what the worms eat and effects the color of the finished silk. Bombyx silk worms are fed...

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Fast Fiber Facts Part One: Cellulose & Plant Fibers

Hi everybody! I’m Miriam Felton. I’ve been a knitwear designer for more than a decade, and in my time I’ve worked with MANY yarns. The infinite variety of fiber content, ply structure, and twist means that there is a yarn out there that is perfect for every project (or if not, you can spin it yourself). I recently started a podcast called YarnStorieswhere every episode we talk to a producer of...

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