Saturday, July 24, 2010

Prayer Shawl Cards

Many of us are knitting prayer shawls for family or friends in need. Lion Brand has free downloadable cards that can be included with the shawl. Check out this link. The site includes 'sample messages' that can be printed on the inside of the card.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Helpful Hint - from Susan Meisler

How to keep your place when using a complicated knitting pattern. It's better than sliding a paperclip!

Write each line of instructions on a separate 3 x 5 index card. Punch a whole in the cards (after numbering them.) Use a metal binder ring to keep them together, then turn the card as you complete every row. You can talk and knit...without losing your place!!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Sock Sense

Liz came up with an ingenious idea for keeping balls of yarn from unraveling and tangling. She places each ball of yarn in a sock. The sock protects the outside of the yarn and gives the yarn ball stability as it is used. Just one more use for those orphan socks that appear in the dryer.

The Mopeen

At last night's knitting group, Berry brought up Rachel Ray's choice for kitchen clean-up, the mopeen. For those of Italian heritage, the mopeen was grandma's 'go to' article for cleaning up spills in the kitchen. If you like using a dishcloth, try knitting one on your own. It uses inexpensive kitchen cotton, available in Walmart or Joann's and knits up in no time. There are many patterns available. Search for 'knitted dishcloth.' Here's the pattern that I use.