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minh Posted - 06/08/2010 : 7:00:58 PM
Please share your latest find, be it a technique, pattern, yarn, or book!

I'll start with the bind-off mentioned for the shawl I just finished.

K2, * transfer the 2 stitches back to the left needle and k2tog through the back loops, then k1 *; repeat from * to *

You don't actually need to transfer the 2 stitches back to the left needle, you can just insert the left needle into the 2 stitches to knit them through the back loops. This bind-off is both stretchy and quick, no need to lift one stitch over another.

This is similar to Lucy Neatby's *awesome* modified conventional bind-off which I just learned a couple of weeks ago:
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robinstephanie Posted - 07/27/2012 : 08:15:20 AM
Yes, Jan, I am laughing too! What a goldmine your stash is.


Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover
Sara Sue Posted - 07/25/2012 : 3:50:22 PM
Fix a Stitch - to fix the one stitch I dropped in the 5 rows of garter stitch I knit. Of course I didn't notice until I had 12 rows of stockinette on top of it. And the find paid off big time because I sat down and learned how to fix the dropped end stitch and the cast on stitch. My skills are improving.
Luann Posted - 07/25/2012 : 11:25:00 AM
LOL, Jan, I love this story! Sounds like me and my stash...

Knit and let knit!
hillstreetmama Posted - 07/24/2012 : 9:04:00 PM
Gee, the "find" that came to my mind isn't something I can really share. I was running low on dishcloth cotton, so I was going to head to the store. Before I did, I checked through some bins, bags, and hidey holes, and I ended up with a full grocery bag of new balls, and a gallon zip-loc bag of leftover small balls. So my "find" was in my stash! I've got to knit (at least!) 50 before I can justify buying any more cotton.

Chayah Posted - 07/24/2012 : 07:58:50 AM
EZ. My son's sweetheart asked me to help her find Elizabeth Zimmerman books. When I did I realized that I really wanted to use them myself. I love her stories.

"Each breath really is a new beginning of the rest of our lives." Jon Kabat-Zinn
Grand-moogi Posted - 07/12/2012 : 03:52:09 AM
Not exactly something I found but something my daughter had and I saw it. They are called pebbles and they are great to hold the needles and bodkins that you use to sew up your knitting.

I knit a hug into every stitch
robinstephanie Posted - 07/10/2012 : 08:32:18 AM
Minh, thank you, I've been wanting to learn Bavarian twisted stitch knitting for about a year now. I just bookmarked your links. So, twisted stitch knitting is on my to-do list, but I'm currently knitting my first cabled scarf (Twist's Autobahn: it's driving me nuts. Not for beginners, I think.) and also trying a leeetle tiny bit of Fair Isle in some house socks I'm knitting for myself. Love love love learning new things. Even when it does drive me a little nuts.


Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover
Shalee Posted - 07/10/2012 : 12:34:22 AM
I have a friend who bought a used knitting machine at a garage sale. It included the garter bars for a 4.5 mm bed. Wow, I've been hunting for one so I bought it from her! Just like Christmas, for me!

Now I'll be helping her get the machine, a Singer 700, in working order. The seller didn't tell her about the problem and she is not machine savy. The price was so low I knew there had to be a problem, besides the fact that the sponge bars would need replacement, which is a given.

Sharon in NW PA
I always wanted my own library but I didn't realize it would be all knitting books!

minh Posted - 07/09/2012 : 7:10:58 PM
New technique (well, probably not to all of you but at least to me): twisted stitches the easy way.

It's similar to cabling without a cable needle but a little trickier. Here's a video.

Now I am less intimidated by those bavarian socks in Knitty...
Luann Posted - 06/14/2010 : 6:24:42 PM
My best find this year came from NutmegOwl, who gave me a roll of highlighter tape. It is the best thing ever for working charts. Much better than a Post-It because you can make it as long as you need. And unlike a magnet marker, it is thus far uninteresting to toddlers. One piece can be stuck and restuck dozens of times, I just keep moving it around. I am an office supply maven but I had never seen the stuff before.


Knit and let knit!
stephcat Posted - 06/14/2010 : 6:17:55 PM
wow! that is fast...I did get an email saying the order's been shipped, so hopefully mine will arrive soon.

StephCat on Ravelry!
GFTC Posted - 06/14/2010 : 11:23:06 AM
Stephcat, I placed my order Thursday night, 6/10, and my book arrived today via Media Mail. How is that even possible?

I bought the Nicky Epstein book, Crochet on the Edge, which I have previously borrowed from the library more than once.

my knitting photos on Flickr or Ravelry
minh Posted - 06/13/2010 : 4:14:38 PM
A new find for me today: Manos Del Uruguay has a new yarn called Serena, which is 60% baby alpaca and 40% pima cotton. It's amazingly soft, comes in solid and variegated colors, and has pretty good yardage (170 yards per 50g skein).

The yarn tag has a little blurb reminding people that this is a non-profit organization and there's even a handwritten part listing where in Uruguay the yarn was dyed and the name of the artisan who dyed the yarn.
stephcat Posted - 06/13/2010 : 10:00:06 AM
thank you for the code! I went ahead and got both a new sub & the new cascade book.

StephCat on Ravelry!
GFTC Posted - 06/10/2010 : 12:28:06 PM
I haven't subscribed to a knitting mag in years. I buy them if I like the issue and pass if not.

But this is a find: subscription (4 issues) of Vogue Knitting for $14 and you get a $15 gift card for VK books bought online.

VK books is having a 40% off sale right now and you can use the gift card. When you sign up for the subscription they give you the gift card code right there in your confirmation.

Don't lose the link because if you go to the VK site & click on subscribe you will get the real $$$ and no gift card/code.

my knitting photos on Flickr or Ravelry
lella Posted - 06/10/2010 : 11:52:41 AM
Rho, I thought I was seeing things! lol

mathiemom Posted - 06/10/2010 : 11:12:06 AM
I recently learned how to do the "Norwegian Purl" from Beth Brown-Reinsel in one of her workshops. I believe that it only works for continental knitters, but its advantage is that you can then work both knit and purl stitches with the yarn in back, so that you don't have to keep switching the yarn from back to front to back. Unfortunately, I don't think that I could explain it here, especially not without an illustration . . . but I can show anyone who asks me in person. Or you can take Beth's class!

Knitcrazy Posted - 06/10/2010 : 06:46:52 AM

This ssounds great!!! Its a bit different than what I was doing.. I am going to try it today on a neck of a sweater I am doing.
Originally posted by Shelia

I've used Lucy's awesome bind-off ever since I learned it about 8 years ago - it's so much faster than doing the conventional bind-off, and also is generally loose enough for everything I do (I'm not a tight knitter).

ravelry name - sheliaknits

Rho Posted - 06/10/2010 : 06:10:13 AM
Well shoot even on my iPad I get silly numbers popping up in my signature. Sorry about that.
Rho Posted - 06/10/2010 : 06:08:57 AM
I just happen to be close to binding off a toe up sock can't wait to try this out. Thanks Minh.

rho#13;#10;#13;#10;If at first you DO succeed -- try something harder #13;#10;#13;#10;

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