Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Ergonomic Crochet Hooks from Addi

These fabulous new crochet hooks from Addi - Addi-Swing - have been ergonmically designed to reduce the writst wear so common with crochet. They fit comfortably whether you are working overhand crochet or pen style. I have just started using the 6mm size fo super fast crochetted flowers.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Addi Click Bamboo Set - Just arrived!

Our lovely new Addi Click Bamboo sets have just arrived today. The bright green soft pouch and silk print lining on the cases give this interchangeable knitting needle set that extra touch of luxury. The smooth bamboo needle tips come in 8 sizes from 3.5mm to 8mm and connect perfectly with the gold Addi cords (60/80/100cm lengths).

The perfect Christmas present for a knitter!

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Back to knitting basics

I have been getting back to the basics of knitting lately and thought I would share the story behind our latest knitting kit - the Beginners Knit Scarf Kit.

It all started when I was sorting through some of the yarn in my studio and wondering what to do with all the lovely extra Retro yarn balls we end up with after winding the 100gm balls. The colours looked so vibrant, that I decided to pick 6 of the most cheerful balls and design a beginners knitting project with them.

After years of teaching beginners knitting classes I have discovered that the ideal project for someone starting out includes both repetition - this gets your tension even - and some colour changes along the way - motivation to finish the project!

Using a 12ply (aran weight) yarn with 6mm knitting needles means you progress a little faster than you would with the standard 8ply (DK weight) yarn on a 4mm knitting needle. And, any bigger than about an 8mm knitting needle starts to get a little clunky for a beginner.

The width of the scarf is also an important consideration. Too wide and the rows seem endless, too narrow and you end up with a tie. I tried a few different widths and 30 stitches was just right.

The order of the colours involved a bit of colour theory and years of customer feedback. Pink and green placed together are always a winning combination - nature's colours. Placing high value colours (light colours) between low value colours (dark colours) also gives the scarf added variety eg. the yellow was placed between the blue and purple; the red between the purple and green.

Happy knitting!