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November Workshop: Lucet Braiding

At the November 3rd meeting, the Yarn Club will welcome member Roxann Blazetich-Ozols who will lead us in a workshop to learn lucet braiding.  The lucet is an ancient braiding tool dating back to Viking times, and we’re so fortunate to have an expert in this unusual technique right on hand.  The workshop will teach […]

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Yarn Club Show & Share: October 2016

People were in a very sharing mood this month, which is what Yarn Club is all about.  So many beautiful finished projects, and even a fibre-y book recommendation! Here’s the roundup:       Finally, Roxann recommended The Coat Route by Meg Lukens Noonan: When journalist Meg Lukens Noonan learned of an unthinkably expensive, entirely […]

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The Frog Prince(ss): How to rule your knitting mistakes

I was well into my knitting obsession before I heard someone refer to ripping something out as “frogging.” I was even further into it when I realized that “rip-it, rip-it” wasn’t the only way to go back and fix something, and boy was that a revelation.  And to be honest, a bit annoying – here I […]

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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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Yarn Club’s Ravelry Groove, Pt. 1.1

This month’s Ravelry homework is to play around with the newly created Yarn Club Ravelry Group.  To get you started, the Ravelry wiki entry about groups is here.  Within our own group, we have a set of forums (under the “discussion” tab), we can share info (“pages”), we can share our projects & stash, and keep […]

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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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