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Cat 3 4 view. This is a great way to use your fiber, since it allows the fiber to have room to breathe and keep the dye bath from overpowering it. If the fiber is too stiff, it may absorb too much dye, which will bleed onto the yarn being washed.
The amount of yarn you need for each project is dependent on the yarn you are working with and the number of stitches you wish to work in that stitch pattern. You can calculate this by calculating the length of the yarn to be used and then multiplying that by the total number of stitches you wish to work (which will include both background and pattern stitches). I prefer to use the recommended number of yards for any yarn I am using. It is the easiest way for me to determine how much yarn is necessary. I always keep in mind, though, that I don't need a whole lot of yarn to get my desired project. I don't like to waste yarn, but that can become an issue if the recommended amount of yarn is too much. I also prefer to make smaller items, so I calculate in the yarn in order to know how much to purchase. You can always purchase more yarn, but if you have a specific project you want to complete in a specific amount of time, knowing the yarn in advance is a good way to make sure you have the correct amount on hand.
Using a consistent yarn helps to avoid tension problems and keeps the knitter aware of how much yarn is being used. If you are making a scarf, it can help to use the same type of yarn throughout or you can make the scarf in a type of yarn you would not typically choose for a particular project.
For those of you familiar with knitting, you know that every knitter will have a different set of tools to help create knitted goods. Here are some things I keep on hand:
• Large, heavy-duty knitting needles. I like to carry at least two sizes: a size 8 for projects that require heavier gauge and a size 6 for projects that are lighter. It is usually very convenient to have the heavier needle in one hand and the lighter needle in the other. The weight of the heavier needle is just right for most projects, and I do not find it difficult to get a stitch off of it without any difficulties. For projects that are too small, I also carry two different sizes of strght knitting needles. It is easier to control the tension of the smaller needle, especially when beginning a new project. The smaller needle can also get tangled when you are not using it. If you are using it for a pattern that calls for a smaller needle, such as in a child's sock or baby hat, it is a good idea to carry a small amount of extra yarn, in case you need to unravel the project.
• Knitting pins. I prefer to carry a set of stnless steel knitting pins for larger projects, such as a sweater, socks, or a blanket. These are the needles that you use to start projects, such as socks. If the project is for a small item, such as a hat, however, I prefer to carry knitting needles. Knitting needles are better suited to this purpose. They are small, easy to maneuver, and there is less risk of accidentally puncturing the work.
• A knitting pattern or two. I like to carry a small, sturdy pattern book. Since I generally knit to a gauge and am looking for specific knit/purl combinations, it is convenient for me to have a pattern book that includes both directions for the same size piece.
• Crochet hooks and yarn. I often carry two of these with me, since I find that I do not need them very often. I sometimes make a crocheted cover for my knitting needles, so I find that having them at the ready is helpful.
• Stitch counters. Not only do I find that I need them more often than I thought, but I also have learned that I prefer counting stitches to a countable number of rows.
• Knitting needles and yarn. In addition to the general items mentioned above, I prefer to carry more of this type of needle than is absolutely necessary. Many knitters will have some smaller needles and yarn in their kits, but I prefer to have at least one pr of needles that I use for most of my work. It is easier to change needles if I am in a pinch.
One of the most important items you will need is a knitting bag. It may seem strange to suggest that knitting be performed without a bag, but if you are using a bag that you do not intend to carry around, then it may not make sense to invest in a bag. However, if you intend to carry it with you frequently, then it is important to choose a bag that will not only serve you well but that also allows you to work comfortably. Here are a few guidelines to help you choose.
• Small knitting bag for travel. I like to carry my knitting with me to the rport when I go somewhere for a week. If I have more than I think I will need, then I like to put them in a ziploc bag for a change of environment to keep them in a good condition.
• Small knitting bag for work. This is the bag I carry most often. I use my own bags, as I have learned that a lot of the knitted items that I work on are quite messy and I don't want to put them in someone else's bag.
• Large knitting bag for work. This is the bag that I use when I travel and on the rare occasions that I am going to a conference or other event and plan to spend more than a day away from home. I usually have both a small and large bag with me when I travel.
• Lunch bag. I have found that most work is done in a conference room or similar place with a table and a place to place my lunch, and I like to take my lunch bag with me. I also use this bag to keep my knitting in when I am working at a lunchtime event. It is just too bad that many people carry their lunch in their briefcase or purse. If you are using a briefcase, then there should be a designated spot for your lunch bag.
• Tote bag. I have two of these. The larger one is the work bag that I use almost every day to travel with. The smaller one is the grocery bag that I carry with me when I go to the supermarket or the market.
Knitting Bag Tips
• Select the type of bag that is appropriate for the work you are going to be doing. The work bag I carry is larger and lighter than my lunch bag.
• When I am going to be out for a long time, I like to have two bags, and I always put my knitting in the work bag so that it is accessible but it is not in my way.
• When I am carrying my knitting, it goes in a medium size bag that I can carry by the handles on the side.
• I like to have my knitting bag easily accessible in my car. If I am going to a friend's house to knit, then I will carry it in my car in the work bag and put it in the glove compartment.
Sometimes you have to carry your knitting around town. I love to knit, so my knitting bag can be my knitting bag as well. The best bag for this purpose is a small bag that is either a tote or a handbag that has some room in it. The bag should be large enough that you can take