Who’s ready to knit socks? The crowd goes wild wielding their needles and their sock yarn in excitement. Good because here’s the first steps. Cast on knitting friends and make socks. And here’s the really fun part – we’re making our very own pattern. It’s not hard, I promise. Just a little math, which you [...]
The first thing I ever knit was a sock and it was the ugliest sock I’ve ever seen. It was knit with the worst kind of squeaky acrylic yarn and was fluorescent green. It was so stiff that we used it as a mitt to open the fireplace gate to add more logs. I never knit it [...]
Sometimes, you just want to knit. You don’t feel like worrying about gauge (or tension). These project are for you. While each project has a recommended gauge, the fact is no one s going to know or care that yours doesn’t quite match. No swatching and changing needles sizes to get it just write. Just use the recommended needles and yarn weight and cast on!
Sometime during the past 20 years, the idea that you can save money by knitting your own sweaters and sewing your own clothes has been replaced with the concept of handcrafts as a luxury pursuit. It’s sad really.
Don’t get me wrong, I adore the merino and cashmere yarn of today, but a knitting obsession can easily get out of hand. One look at my stash will tell you that.
The good news is, if you’re just getting started knitting, you’re in the perfect position to buy your supplies and build your yarn stash economically.
I firmly believe the quality of your materials should match the time and effort you’re putting in. But you shouldn’t have to go broke for that to happen. Here are the basics of what you need and how to get it as cheaply as possible, without settling for acrylic yarn and plastic needles.