Knitting Basics: Felted Bag

In this class you will learn the basics: casting on, binding off, knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, picking up stitches, making I-cord, and kitchner stitch. In this five-week class, new and returning knitters will learn the required skills for most simple projects and complete the felted bag from the April 2019 newsletter!

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Session 2Michelle Stranges7 to 9 pm on Monday, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11 & 2/18Available for Sign Up!
Session 1Michelle Stranges7 to 9 pm on Wednesday, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30 & 2/6Full

Opulent Raglan Workshop (starts Jan 16)

Five 2-hour class; $50 + tax & supplies

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Using a light worsted weight yarn and a lovely top down sweater, Kiko will teach you a number of techniques for making your sweaters fit YOU and your style.  She’ll cover changing stitch patterns (she subbed in a lovely lace and texture design instead of the written cables) waist shaping, bust darts, neck line height, modifying edgings, adjusting body and sleeve length, and very importantly – how to knit your garment for the best looking finishing! We’ll be using a basic sweater pattern from The Best of Knitscene or Interweave Knitscene Fall 2008 issue which has basic and simple lines that are easy to adapt.  You can take this top down sweater and make it into anything you want – a fitted tunic length sweater, a baggy everyday pullover, or knit it as it’s shown as a stylish shaped sweater with lovely knitting details.

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Session 1Kiko Nobusawa7 – 9 pm Wednesday, 1/16, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 & 2/20Open for sign up!

Call (607) 277-1164 to reserve your spot!

Kate Gilbert’s Autobahn Hat and Scarf (starts Jan 22)

Four 2-hour class; $50 + tax & supplies

Perfect your charted pattern-reading skills, and become a whiz at traveling stitches, while creating a simple yet spectacular hat and scarf set.  This elegant design is universally wearable, and will be finished just in time to present your finished work to that special someone on Valentine’s Day.

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Session 1Deborah Dawson6:30 – 8:30 pm on Tuesday,1/22, 1/29, 2/5 & 2/12Open for sign up!

Call (607) 277-1164 to reserve your spot!

Oat Couture’s Sweet Home Sweater (starts Mar 4)

six 2-hour class; $65 + tax & supplies

Burnish your sweater knitting skills while creating this classic short-sleeved cardigan. This classic and universally flattering style can be a great transitional sweater knit in wool, or use one of our beautiful new summer yarns to make the perfect hot-weather topper.

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Session 1Dawn Smith7:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Monday, 3/4, 3/11, 3/25, 4/1, 4/15 & 4/22Open for sign up!

Call (607) 277-1164 to reserve your spot!

Brioche Stitch Workshop (on Jan 27)

One 3-hour class; $25 + tax & supplies

Learn the basics of brioche using a clear and easy scarf pattern for Classic Elite’s beautiful, space-dyed superwash Liberty Wool. Brioche makes a beautiful two-sided, thick and “squishy” fabric, ideal for outerwear accessories like scarves and hats. The best part is that it only looks complicated!

You will need Classic Elite’s “Accents 2″ pattern booklet (“Technicolor Scarf, p 12), approx. 250 yards each of two colors of yarn (“Liberty Wool” recommended), and a Size 7 circular needle at least 29″ long — all conveniently available here at Knitting Etc.

SessionInstructorDatesStatus
Session 1Deborah Dawson1:30 pm – 4:30 pm on Sunday, 1/27Open for sign up!

Call (607) 277-1164 to reserve your spot!

The Basic Equipment For Crocheting Damascus Steel Knife

A crochet hook and thread – that’s all you really need to start crocheting straight away. Or maybe yes? There are a few practical helpers that should not be missing in your handicraft basket so that you are well equipped for (almost) all crochet cases. In order to crochet Damascus knives for sale, you may need some basic equipment as mentioned below.

Crochet hook

Whether colorful or simple – it doesn’t work without a crochet hook. That is why it is all the nicer that we can choose from a huge variety of different models, so that we are not only equipped for every project, but at the same time our personal crochet technique is supported in the best possible way.
My needle collection is pretty mixed. From the thread needle in size 0.6 with a golden tip to the self- carved 10 mm needle. With the different needle sizes, the different materials the hook can be made of have their own advantages and disadvantages. Wood, bamboo and plastic are very light, so they are well suited for larger needles that are not so heavy in the hand.


With very dry yarns, such as matte cotton, I tend to use a wooden needle rather than a plastic needle, as the plastic surface is a little more grippy and the yarn cannot glide as well.


However, above a certain needle size, these three materials reach their limits. Very fine crochet hooks are therefore made of aluminum or steel, as they can be processed precisely despite the low material thickness and are stable enough at the same time.

In addition to the hook, the handle on the other end of the needle is also important. Do you hold your crochet hook like a pen or a knife , because that can influence your preference for certain handle shapes. From simple, straight handles with or without thumb rest, to finely turned to ergonomic handles, everything can be found on the crochet hook market. Over time you will find out which handle shape is best for crocheting and, above all, which is fatigue-free and pain-free.

Scissors

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Sharp, pointed and small – your handcraft scissors should be the best. Sharp so that you can cut the threads without fraying, because then they can be threaded into the embroidery needle more easily. Pointed so that you can cut the threads close to the crochet base and small so that you can take them with you anywhere (except maybe on the plane). In no case, really in no case, should you cut plastic, adhesive tape or even wire with your handicraft scissors (not even if it is super thin). Not only can the scissor blades dull as a result, dirt and glue residue could also be transferred to the scissors and thus to your project.

Ruler and tape measure

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In most projects, it is inevitable that something has to be measured, be it the distance between the safety eyes, the diameter of a base or even the not particularly popular gauge. A ruler should therefore be part of your basic equipment. A measuring tape is also extremely helpful because it can be used to measure the circumference of bodies and larger pieces. However, measuring tapes can wear out over time as a result of the use, so that the measurements become inaccurate. So check the tape measure with a ruler every few months to check that it is correct. Roll measuring tapes are particularly practical because they not only wind up the tape in a flash, but usually also have a small hook at the end that can be pinned at the beginning of the measuring section.

Pins

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If there’s one thing you can never have enough of, it’s pins. They usually make their big entrance when tensioning the project and I am always surprised at how many pins can be used to tension a simple granny square. Because moisture (water or steam) or heat (iron) are often used when tensioning, your pins should definitely be rust-free and insensitive to heat. Otherwise, rust stains can appear, which are difficult to remove, or the needle heads could melt and become inseparable from the fibers of the crochet. It is therefore best to use pins with glass heads or T-pins that are made entirely of metal.
In order to put parts on top of each other for sewing, there are longer pins, which usually also have larger heads. These can also be plastic if you remember to remove them before ironing.

Stitch markers

Stitch markers

I admit it openly: without a stitch marker, I would have been lost on some projects. The little practical helpers are essential when it comes to marking the beginning of the round, marking the position of increases and decreases or securing a work sling. As diverse as their possible uses are, as diverse is their appearance, because if you don’t have a lockable stitch markers on hand, you can easily switch to alternatives, for example a small safety pin fulfills the same purpose. Paper clips that can simply be placed in the mesh are also very practical. And if necessary, a piece of contrasting yarn will do the job. I always put a knot in both ends of the thread so that it doesn’t slip out of the stitch so easily.

Embroidery needles

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When crocheting, thread ends can often be incorporated easily during work, but unfortunately we can’t get around sewing completely. In addition, every now and then a seam without a crochet hook has to be closed. Embroidery needles should therefore not be missing in any basic equipment. “Why then of all embroidery needles?” you will ask. Blunt-tipped embroidery needles slide better through the stitches, so there is less risk of the thread being spliced ​​and damaged as a result. In addition, embroidery needles usually have a larger eye than sewing needles, so that crochet threads can also be threaded in without any problems. When things get really tough, there are also special wool needles that are either made entirely of metal or have a flexible eye.

Pen and paper

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Having a piece of paper and a pen handy while you crochet is extremely helpful. So you can write down the place in the instructions where you have just been, keep a tally sheet or quickly conjure up a small draft on the paper. From personal experience, I advise you to keep a small notebook instead of loose pieces of paper. I never found the instructions for my clothespins bag again … In your little clever booklet you can collect all the important information about your project and, for example, stick in the thread banderole. In the course of time, a real crochet diary will emerge that you will always love to leaf through.

Is there anything else in your basic crochet kit that you can’t do without? Then tell us in the comments!

Knitted Fabric- Ideal way for protection from heat

On the off chance that you are considering putting resources into introducing a shade overhang, it is profoundly key to put resources into a quality item to get high return on initial capital investment over the long haul. The decision of material has an extraordinary bearing on the quality and toughness of shades and shelters. In this manner, with regards to picking a material for your shade, you have to consider judiciously, since a mediocre shade shelter may be shabby and it won’t keep you going long.

We have supplied knitted fabrics to many companies. Such fabric is used for car park shades in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and in other regions of the Arabic nation. While working with different kind of fabrics for shades, shelters and canopies, following are the suggestions that could help you to make a wise decision by choosing the best material for shade coverings.

Below are all the significant elements that you have to remember when choosing a reasonable material for your shades and shelter, with the goal that you put resources into an unrivaled quality item that is durable and offers long periods of first rate administration.

  1. Life expectancy and Reasonableness

The reasonableness of a shade overhang to your needs is the primary factor that ought to be remembered when choosing the correct material. The material based on your personal preference ought to be exceptionally appropriate for an overhang conceal texture with the goal that it gives most extreme insurance. While you have a plenty of material options, woven PVC, sewed polyethylene, and HDPE conceal materials are high feasible textures for your shade shelters. Not exclusively are these textures very solid and enduring, they can withstand the unforgiving and searing UAE warmth spells. A shade overhang manufactured from one of these materials can have an existence of as long as 15 years.

2. Waterproofing Limit

A great deal of shade texture materials accessible in the market nowadays are not actually waterproof, regardless of whether they guarantee generally. This remains constant for weaved polyethylene, woven PVC, and HDPE textures too. Such textures need downpour insurance since they are permeable in nature. In any case, regardless of whether a great deal of shade overhang providers influence these textures, they can add a waterproof covering to the material to make them reasonable to your needs. When your texture has been rendered water-evidence, you can dig in the outside whenever of the year and appreciate all-climate insurance under the shade overhang.

3. Light transmission

When introducing shade overhangs, you would be judicious to pick materials that permit common light transmission and let adequate daylight through. Textures that permit huge transmission of light would do you well in such manner. For this, you have to choose textures that are light in shading. In any case, what you have to remember is that light hues reflect and disperse more UV radiation, so make sure to use materials for shade textures that are exceptionally treated for UV insurance.

3. UPF

On the off chance that you need to keep the impeding impacts of UV beams under control, you have to ensure that your preferred material offers sufficient UVR assurance. The UPF rating of a shade texture measures its capacity to shut out UV beams. Textures with a low UPF rating are generally shabby and don’t offer much insurance from climate components. On the off chance that you need to accumulate most extreme insurance from the sun’s UVR, it’s smarter to profit by a first class texture with a reasonable UPF rating, appropriate to your needs. Uncommonly treated textures can further improve the UPF rating of ay texture.

5. Upkeep prerequisites

Since the upkeep of a shade covering can be cost-concentrated, it’s smarter to pick materials that are low support and don’t bring about much overheads. You would prefer not to be constantly managing the normal cleaning and support of any structure that you have raised. Since some shade textures are uncommonly treated to frustrate the development of shape, they can serve best for blustery regions. Moreover, the texture of your decision shouldn’t stain effectively or enable soil and grime to aggregate over the surface.

6. Protection for Plants

Many individuals deck out their yards and other open air zones with pruned plants and blooms. In case you thought of working with a texture like canvas for your shade covering, the absence of daylight which can stream through could have negative repercussions for your greens. A sewed shade texture serves well in such manner since it lets in enough daylight to allow plants to flourish, while giving adequate shade simultaneously. Additionally, since sewed textures are not actually water proof, they even enable water to go through the plants.