Monthly Archive for: ‘March, 2014’

KnitCrate vs Yarnbox | March 2014 | Essence of Me

KnitCrate vs Yarnbox | March 2014

  I have both boxes for March. Here’s my thoughts–pre-projects: (Can’t see the video? Click HERE to view online.)

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Yarnbox | March 2014 | Essence of Me

Yarnbox |Unboxing March 2014

  The mailman is becoming my new bestie. 😉 He delivered my Yarnbox!   Yarnbox (Can’t see the video? Click HERE to view online.) About Yarnbox Yarnbox was built out of a passion for discovering wonderful new fibers and yarns and sharing that joy with others. There are simply too many great yarns for even the largest of stores to …

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Granny Rectangle - Essence of Me

Use Your Scrap Yarn: Changing Skein or Color

  How do you change colors? How do you handle the tails? I’m asked these questions often. I like using every bit of my yarn. I’ve learned over the years to use it while limiting the number of tails. Sewing in a million loose ends is not fun. And most people throw in the towel after a half dozen or …

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Scrap Yarn - Essence of Me

Waste Not Want Not: Scrap Yarn Project

My grandmother and mother used to say “waste not want not”. It is an old saying basically meaning if you don’t waste a particular item in the present you won’t lack for that particular item in the future. I am adopting the philosophy to my yarn life. I usually try to find a place for everything. I utilize my yarn …

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Knit Crate - Essence of Me - March 2014

KnitCrate| Unboxing March 2014

  I opened my mailbox to find a shiny red package. It reminded me of Christmas. I couldn’t wait to open it and look inside.   KnitCrate March 2014 (Can’t see the video? Click HERE to view online.) About KnitCrate: KnitCrate is a subscription box service and online store for fiber artists around the world.  It focuses on knitters and crocheters with …

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Crochet Granny Rectangle Tutorial - Essence of Me

Crochet Tutorial: Granny Rectangle

  I think I’m getting the hang of blogging more frequently. 😉 This week’s demo/tutorial is based reader and viewer request. Many of you have asked: How did you make the granny rectangle? I found several tutorials. In the end I created this granny rectangle that is pretty straightforward. Enjoy! Granny Rectangle Tutorial (Can’t see the video? Click HERE to …

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My First Knit Sweater - My Gauge - Essence of Me

My First Knit Sweater: My Gauge

I can’t believe I’m actually planning to knit a sweater. Well, sort of. Let’s begin at the beginning with the swatch. As mentioned in the last post, one the the selling points with Sweater 101, for me, was learning the pattern is customized using my swatch. Thus, the gauge is not based on the pattern or the author’s knitting but …

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My First Knit Sweater - My Gauge - Essence of Me

Stockinette Stitch without Purling

I’ve been knitting quite a bit. Along the way I’ve learned a little trick. To close out my blogging week, (which has gone well if I say so myself) I want to leave you with a quick mini-tutorial. Actually not a tutorial but a demonstration. Yes…a demo. In this demo I show you how I can knit the stockinette stitch …

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