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Free Class on Short Rows

July 30th, 2012

I am in the process of watching a FREE online class from Craftsy on short rows, and I have to say it is excellent.  Designer Carol Feller covers three methods:  wrap and turn, Japanese, and yarn over, plus her variation on wrap and turn.  Clear shots, good closeups, and best of all, good explanations.  When I am learning something, I like to get more than just the “how to.”  I want the why and the wherefore.  Feller talks about the structure of short rows, how all the techniques are related, how to choose a method, and (gasp!) mixing techniques.

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Free Short Row Video Tutorial on Craftsy

I have always loved the look of Japanese short rows (and the yarn over for garter stitch), but had only memorized the wrap and turn method.  Using the others meant poring over written instructions.  I don’t knit at a desk–I am lounging in my special chair, and there aren’t flat surfaces to conveniently lay out papers.  After viewing these videos, I feel I had the big picture, which makes it much easier to dredge up the technique from memory.

I tend to get a little impatient when watching videos, but this one encourages you to knit along with the instructor, which also helps you lock in the method.

Yes, you’ll be on Craftsy’s list, but did I mention it’s free?  No purchase required, which means more money for yarn.

 

Only 12 Hours Left! A Spinner Needs Our Help!

May 29th, 2012

I just stumbled on this funny, well-done video on the crowdfunding site indiegogo.com.  Check it out.  Gotta go and join so I can score my handspun yarn.

You Have Got to Watch This

February 11th, 2012

I got a kick out of this youtube video:


 

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