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How to Fix a Dropped Stitch

How to Fix a Dropped Stitch

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It happens to the very best of knitters: the dreaded dropped stitch. Should you rip out your whole project? Or is there a way to fix it up? Read on to find out how you can best diagnose your drop and get yourself back to knitting in no time.

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Conquer Your Unfinished Projects

Conquer Your Unfinished Projects

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They lurk in the dark corners of closets, or deep inside an old knitting bag. They might be our secret shame or the pride of an arch procrastinator. But the one thing they definitely are is unfinished. Do you have any half-completed, hand-knit orphans lying around? If so, here's how to let them go and move on with your life.

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Come Full Circle and Knit a Sheep

Come Full Circle and Knit a Sheep

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I love the idea of a hand-knit sheep made with a hand-dyed natural wool, but that's as close as I'm likely to come to owning the real thing. Who wouldn’t love to have one of these little lambs of their very own? The pattern is simple and fun to follow, and because this sweet knitted lamb is fairly small, it won’t take long before you're finished!

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Solve the Knitters Dilemma of Natural vs. Synthetic Yarn

Solve the Knitter's Dilemma of Natural vs. Synthetic Yarn

I hardily admit that I have been known to be a yarn snob. Aspiring to knit with only the very best natural fibers. However,sometimes budget constraints or the purpose of the project dictates the actual yarn I end up with. I advise you to keep an open mind about slipping a bit of acrylic into your knitting diet.

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Farm to Yarn—Watching Wool Come to Market

Farm to Yarn—Watching Wool Come to Market

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A recent pleasure trip to a local sheep farm reminded me of my first experience on a sheep farm in New Zealand 20 years ago. It was an experience that changed my life. There is something special about being able to see the animals that provide the rich fiber that we craft into our exquisite projects.

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Take a Peek at Portlands Vibrant Crafty Scene

Take a Peek at Portland's Vibrant Crafty Scene

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Portland is one charmer of a hip city, and its crafty venues are downright cool. Come along for a native-led tour.

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Fiber Arts Exhibit at Sacred Heart University is Sure to Please

Fiber Arts Exhibit at Sacred Heart University is Sure to Please

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From cotton to flax, fibers have been used since ancient times to create everything from blankets and clothing to baskets for gathering food. In this exhibit, they become art.

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Knitting on the Go: Stitches to Take with You

Knitting on the Go: Stitches to Take with You

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Whenever I am planning a trip, abroad or just to the doctor’s office, I am always grateful to the art of knitting: the ultimate take-along craft. Jury duty, subway rides, or extra innings never leave me antsy, as I am always thrilled at the prospect of some good uninterrupted knitting time. With the right knitting project to keep me in stitches, I am never bored no matter where I am. Check out these resources for knitting projects to keep by your side.

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A Knit-Happy Drummer and Other Wonders of Maker Faire

A Knit-Happy Drummer and Other Wonders of Maker Faire

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Musician and crafter Corey Fogel shows off his skills at Make magazine's California fair.

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Knit a Pet Cozy for an Animal in Need

Knit a Pet Cozy for an Animal in Need

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If you love knitting and animals, here is the perfect project for you. It's sponsored by The Snuggles Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bring hand-knit items to our furry friends most in need. So far, this program has provided thousands of handmade beds for homeless animals.

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Who Do We Knit For—Me, Myself, and I or You and Yours?

Who Do We Knit For—Me, Myself, and I or You and Yours?

One of the reasons that knitting is making such a huge comeback is that a hand-knit present is one of the greatest gifts to give or to receive. Who or what inspires you to knit? Here are some of my own personal inspirations.

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Knitting Needles: Tools of the Trade

Knitting Needles: Tools of the Trade

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To a knitter, there are never enough needles. Straight, circular, bamboo, nickel plated, long, short, fat, and skinny—we need them all and then some! Here is a list of some favorites and soon-to-become favorites—once they hit the market!

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How to Make a Log Cabin Throw

How to Make a Log Cabin Throw

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This easy how-to explores the basics of modular knitting in the ultimate take-along project. The log cabin throw is fun to knit, and because it is made one square at a time, you'll have a satisfying sense of accomplishment with every square that you complete. Before you know it, you will have enough squares to complete the throw. This is a great portable project you can take to the kid’s ball game, doctor’s office, or on your next road trip.

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Luxury Large Button Wrap

Luxury Large Button Wrap

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Here is a project that my fellow blogger Susan Beal would love, a gorgeously thick and luxurious wrap decked out with the season's hottest embellishment: a great big button. This is an easy weekend project that'll set you up in style come Monday morning.

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Bargain Yarn Shopping – Build Your Stash for Less

Bargain Yarn Shopping – Build Your Stash for Less

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Recently I blogged about the importance of buying the very best yarn that you can afford, and while I stand by that bit of advice, anyone who seriously knits knows that a great yarn can easily break your bank. Yet, where there is a will, there is a way. Here's how to find the very best yarn buys around.

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 Yarn Quality Comparison – Decadent to Discount

Yarn Quality Comparison – Decadent to Discount

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When I first started knitting I got the kind of advice that while I heard it, I didn't really take it to heart. But over the years, time and time again I learn (sometimes the hard way) why this little pearl of knitting wisdom is such a great thing to keep in mind. It's simple really—always buy the very best yarn that you can afford.

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Easy Elegant Scarf

Easy Elegant Scarf

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Toss this Easy Elegant Scarf around your neck and instantly see a dreary day with new eyes. In just an evening you will have a lovely scarf to spark up any outfit! Even better, the scarf can be worn year round.

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The Big Step – Try Something New

The Big Step – Try Something New

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I sometimes think that knitting projects are like that old saying--if it's not broken don't fix it--in that if you have a project that you've made successfully, why not just make it over and over and over again? Well, for one thing it completely destroys the surprise of opening a handmade gift made by you. And, let's face it-it can also be boring. I strongly advocate branching out and applying your knitting skills to new and beautiful things.

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Welcome to the new CraftStylish.com Knitting Blog

Welcome to the new CraftStylish.com Knitting Blog

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Ah, my dream come true–my own blog devoted to all things knitting. Like most of us knitters, I am constantly on the lookout for new yarns, sources, ideas and great resources. I admit I'm not always great at keeping track of these things for myself–but a blog? An online knitting diary bringing you all the new twists in knitting.

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Strike One, Knit Two, Strike Two, Purl Three!

Strike One, Knit Two, Strike Two, Purl Three!

Stitch N’ Pitch has steadily grown since its debut in 2005 and as of this summer twenty five major league baseball teams are hosting the program with The National Needle Arts Association.

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