Knitting · Tips & Tricks

Avoiding Underarm Holes in Knitting

Since I find Suzanne Bryan’s (Knitting with Suzanne Bryan on Ravelry) knitting techniques videos very useful and refer to them a lot, I want to share this excellent one on avoiding holes at the underarm when picking up stitches to begin knitting the sleeves. I’ve found myself referring to it a lot recently, so here… Continue reading Avoiding Underarm Holes in Knitting

Stitching · Tips & Tricks

Basic hand sewing stitches #5: the tailor tack — Sewing on the Edge with Barbara Emodi

I came across this very useful video today, and I already know it's going to improve my fabric marking process tremendously.  First because I spend way too much time transferring pattern markings first onto one fabric layer, then the other, and so on. Secondly, it took me time to find a pen marker that would… Continue reading Basic hand sewing stitches #5: the tailor tack — Sewing on the Edge with Barbara Emodi

Knitting · Tips & Tricks

Box of Spices

Since I have only one knitted shawl for everyday use, (two actually, but one is in a state of disrepair, so, I’m thinking of re-purposing it if my volunteers agree to take on that job), I decided to cast on On The Spice Market by Melanie Berg, after several hours browsing patterns on Ravelry. It’s… Continue reading Box of Spices

Stitching · Tips & Tricks

How I Fold and Press a Seam Allowance Accurately

In my almost six months of getting back into sewing, I've come across several instructions such as 'turn up 1/4" allowance and press' or 'press under 1/4" on upper end... ' as instructed in my New Look 6232 in making the cuff. This is by no means my invention; it was part of the instructions… Continue reading How I Fold and Press a Seam Allowance Accurately