ON THE NEEDLES
I taught myself to knit as a teenager when our high school drama group needed an ugly hat and couldn't find anything ugly enough. I still have that hat, and trust me, it is really, really ugly, but still a treasure since it led me to a life-long love of fiber and it's many possibilities. For some years now it has also been a way I can share my creative fiber vision and the way I make my living. In the shop section of this site are patterns for sweaters, socks, scarves and other small things, and a handful of items you can use around the house.
Sadly, we occasionally find errors in our patterns. If something in your pattern doesn't quite make sense, please check out the errata page. If you still have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
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The Skinny on Skinny Yarns
I love to work with thin yarns, which is one of the many reasons I use so many yarns from Habu Textiles. Frankly, finer fabrics are much more flattering on most of us. And for those of you that tremble at the thought of anything thinner than a sport weight, rest assured, thin yarns do not necessarily mean tiny knitting needles. Three thin strands can easily be worked on a needle many times larger than you might expect, and by combining different types of fiber - silk + ramie + wool, for example - and related but not exactly matching colors you can create unique and extremely interesting fabrics that can make a garment really sing.
Here are the real keys to working with thin yarns. First, use needles with a very pointy tip. The material the needle is made of is not nearly as important as the pointiness of the tip, which will let you get into the stitches so much more easily. Second, have a little patience. The first inch or so of knitting will threaten to drive you mad, but persevere. Eventually the fabric will develop a little weight and once it does you'll be off and running.