Category Archives: crochet

Welcome to the Block Party!

~ or ~ The Best Way to Block Your Fibre Projects and Why You Should There are as many ways to block as there are fibre types.  And maybe that sentence, right there, is why so many people eschew the process altogether.  Because there is no quick answer to the question “How do I block this?” […]

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The Finishing Touch – Weaving in & sewing seams

This month at Yarn Club we talked about our favourite finishing techniques, and I demonstrated a few with my MacGyver’d projection camera so people could see what my hands were doing projected on the wall. How you weave in your ends and seam up a project can make or break all your hard work.  It’s […]

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Custom Sizing Resources

There is nothing more frustrating than spending hours (not to mention $$) on a custom-made sweater or other garment, and slipping it on to discover it doesn’t fit properly.  Maybe it pulls across the bust, or the waist shaping is in the wrong spot for your curves.  Maybe your gauge was off and the sweater […]

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Knit & Crochet Appliqué

  Appliqué isn’t something you see a lot of in yarn-related crafts.  It’s more common in crochet, but very difficult to track down in knitting, despite the interesting effects you can achieve. Why is this? My theory is the sewing.  It’s an interesting thing about knitters and sewing – even if they happen to be […]

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Crafting Stronger – Crafting Longer: Terri Rowan, RMT, on posture, pain, and maintaining strength for fibre arts

This is a guest post by Terri Rowan, a registered massage therapist in Guelph, who had the Yarn Club up on our feet and trying exercises at the April meeting that will strengthen our knitting/crocheting/spinning/weaving/felting muscles and keep us doing what we love for longer.  She has kindly put together these notes and resources to […]

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April Yarn Club Show & Share

Here are the details of the fantastic stuff being shown off at Yarn Club this month!       @yarnindulgences at #yarnclub tonight your creation came in midway through its transformation into this gorgeous shawl! I love the depth and subtlety ❤️ #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knitlocal #yarn #yarnporn A photo posted by Alexis Hoy (@alexis_phibersmith) on […]

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Cottoning On: Reading (and Understanding) the Label on Your Cotton Goods

In honour of “Spring” (note the sarcastic punctuation – here in Guelph we had snow and freezing rain just yesterday), I thought it would be thematic to talk about warm-weather fibres this month.  Little did I know we’d still all be wrapped in our woolens in April.  But hey, who are knitters to complain about […]

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Yarn-Tech

The Yarn Club theme for March is the high-tech crafter, and to that end we’ve been exploring Ravelry, and talking yarn-related gadgets.  One of my favourite things to come up in my on- and off-line discussions this month has been this, sent to me by Sandy (and I had it all cued up to play […]

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Finding your Ravelry groove, Pt. 1

A friend and I were recently sharing our surprise that there are still knitters and crocheters out there who haven’t heard of Ravelry. What? I know, but it’s true. It’s possible these people have also been living in isolation in the wilds of some internet-strangled island nation for the last 9 years.  I don’t usually […]

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February yarn club show & share

At February’s Yarn Club meeting, members brought in some beautiful finished projects, two of which happened to be by the same designer – Beth Graham!        

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