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Learning a new skill or technique is always on our personal to do list. Here are some ideas and pointers to get you started.

Beads and jewelry

- How to knit your own jewelry

- How to knit with beads

Cleaning/caring for yarn

- Dirty work: how to clean knitted garments

- The Joy of Rewinding: How to recycle previously loved yarn

- Eucalan woolwash

- Kookaburra woolwash

- Soak woolwash

- Unicorn Fibre Wash and Fibre Rinse

- Stretching felted garments back into shape with Unshrinkit


- Creating colors in yarn: an introduction to natural dyes

- What colors say about us


- Buying hand-dyed yarns

- Dye your own semisolid sock yarn with Louet's Hand-Dyed Sock Kit

- Dye workshop: make your own Kool Aid colors

- Fiber-dyeing resources

- An introduction to natural dye


- Fulling knitted garments

- Charlie's Christmas Stocking, a felted pattern by Cat Bordhi


- Hill Country Hat free pattern (PDF) by Clara Parkes from the Knitter's Book of Wool

- Shoemaker's Hat (PDF) by Clara Parkes


- Five fundamentals for staying inspired

- The Swatcher's Manifesto

- Nine inspiring online escapes

- When the needles fall silent: 10 tips for overcoming knitting slumps

- Magic ball knitting lets you use leftovers

- Seven quick-knitting gift patterns

Joining yarn

- The Sailor's Knot for worry-free joins


- The essentials of knitted lace

- Easy lace scarf free pattern by Clara Parkes

- One-skein shawl free pattern by Clara Parkes

- How to block lace using the HandWorks Dressing Wires or the Inspinknity Ultra Fine Lace Blocking Wires


- Using a kitchen scale to find out how much yarn is in a leftover skein

- Magic ball knitting lets you use leftovers

Mittens and mitts

- Swatch Mitts by Clara Parkes......buy now

- Hedgerow Mitts free pattern by Amy Ripton

- Maine Morning Mitts free pattern by Clara Parkes from the Knitter's Book of Yarn


- How to choose the right tip to avoid splitting stitches

- Getting started with double-pointed needles

- How to make your own circular needles


- How to publish designs in knitwear magazines

- Writing and publishing a successful knitting-oriented book


- How to knit socks free pattern and tutorial by Clara Parkes

- How to pick the perfect sock yarn

- Jane's Hedgerows Socks free pattern by Jane Cochran

- Stepping Stones free pattern by Clara Parkes

- How to dye your own semisolid sock yarn using Louet's Hand-Dyed Sock Kit

- Charlie's Christmas Stocking free pattern by Cat Bordhi

Spinning yarn

- How to spin yarn with a spindle

- How to spin yarn with a wheel

Stash management

- Slow stashing

- Sizing Up Oddballs How much yarn is in that skein?

- When the stash attacks: Creative techniques for concealing your yarns


- When two yarns meet: the art of stranding for effect

Yarn substitutions

- How to make headache-free yarn substitutions

Featured how to

The Fret-Free Fisherman's Knot
We've all been trained to avoid knots in our knitting. But if you must, here's one that'll hold your yarn tight.
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