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Knitting;Needles,Yarn and Resources #2


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As a beginner, I am curious about different needles yarn and resources that are available to to learn to knit. As an art teacher I like to be able to answer my students questions of why and how. For my next project, I went to Crazy for Ewe Yarn in Leonardtown to the “Fast and Fabulous” class with my Mom. The project for the day was a cowl made with Manos yarn from Uruguay.  Manos  is a non-profit organization that was created in 1968 to provide with jobs to the rural women in their hometowns. The yarn is hand spin and hand dyed. It was beautiful. It retails for about $30 a skien. I cast on 24 stitches and used  Brittany needle that was 6.5mm. The Brittany needle is from ethically sourced wood. It is easy to handle and smooth to the touch. The needles will be replaced if they break with in 5 years of purchase. I got started on the project in the shop but ended up taking it home. It ended up taking me several hours at home. I am slow but getting better. The width of the cowl ended up being much thinner than the 24 stitches I used with the Loins Brand thick and quick. (See second Photo in the slide show). I returned to Ellen the owner of Crazy for Ewe yarn for a critique of the cowl and a private lesson on how to bind it off. I watched a few videos but was a little nervous about getting it right after investing time in this project. She is knowledgeable and patient. My cowl became a short scarf one end is wider than the other not allowing for it to be sewn together.  I need to work on not picking up and dropping stitches plus, tensioning the yarn consistently. Ellen advised I practice the purl stitch next so that is what I will be working on next.

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Learning to Knit;Needles,Yarn & Resources#1

Knitting.LionsYarn.MetalNeedle.April2018One of my crafts students asked if I knew how to to knit I said,”No.” My own words came back to me, “Well, you always say we art smart enough to figure it out.”  I started researching websites, asking friends and family. My friend showed me how to cast on with what was called the the long tail method.  I also watched videos from Sheep & Stitch on this method. It took me a couple of hours to get the hang of it. I also found through research there are many methods to cast on. New Stitch a Day had a completely different method that my student preferred. As a beginner, I have liked the 10 inch long metal needles that are are 11-13 mm wide for my first project. I also liked the thick and quick yarn by Lions Brand. The two combine let me see my progress quicker. In my opinion, they are easier to handle for a beginner. I was thinking the first project would be a scarf, it has gone very slowly to create the 12-14 inches you see from the one skein of yarn so far. I would estimate I have about 8 hours into this piece so far. I finding the work cathartic and satisfying. Hopefully, these resources will save you time if you decide to venture into knitting.




On November 18 I will be teaching a workshop on Zentangles at Barefoot Wellness studio from 10 -12 at 445 Main Street in Prince Frederick, MD. Zentangles are easy-to-learn, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing patterns. Anyone can use it to create beautiful designs. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well-being. The cost for the workshop is $35 and all materials will be provided for you. There are only 8 seats available. Sign up for this workshop through Eventbrite on our Facebook page; HandsOnArt Lab. Or contact me through our website

Traditional Zentangle down with sharpie markers and Prisma color pencils
Non-Traditional Zentangle done in the shape of my hand with Sharpie markers