April 12th, 2012
I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I’m still a beginner yarn crafter, as I just learned how to knit last summer. Since I’m not as experienced as others, I’m always thankful when I find tips or new techniques to improve my knitting experience as a whole. Lion Brand just released an e-book entitled Secret Stash: Helpful Tips For Yarn Lovers, which is a compilation of tips submitted by users like you, ranging in topics from organization, how to teach others to knit/crochet, easy ways work with multiple yarns at once, and a lot more. As a little sneak peek, I thought I’d share some of my favorite tips with you!
I think this one is my favorite:
“I knit up gauge swatches for the yarns in my stash and staple them to index cards on a spiral ring.
I write the yarn name, color name, care instructions, needle size and gauge on each card. That way, the next time I use that yarn, I don’t have to swatch again. It also works well as a color wheel for choosing shades for a new project”
-Collen M. Palmer
Here’s a useful tip for crocheting, if you happen to take the hooks out of your projects to use them for others:
“I keep a small plastic container of alphabet beads in my project bag. That way, when I am finished with a project for the day, I can slip the letter bead that corresponds to the crochet hook I’m using onto the stitch holder. When I pick it up again, I can tell the size hook I was using just by looking at the bead.”
I found this one especially helpful as I’ve previously let my ball roll on the floor, only to end up picking off lint or other miscellaneous items out of yarn:
“When using yarn that doesn’t pull from the center, put the skein in a plastic grocery bag, thread the end of the yarn through the top and tie the handles loosely. The yarn will roll around in the bag, not all over the floor, and you’ll save the time of winding it into a ball.”
Find more useful tips and tricks in the downloadable e-book for $2.99, listed here.
Do you have any secret tricks that you’ve found useful over the years? Share with us in the comments.
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