Thursday, 5 January 2017

Yarn diet

Yarn diet! These two little words are enough to strike fear into the heart of every knitter and crocheter, but there are times when everyone’s stash becomes unruly or just plain too large.
But can you really go without buying yarn for whole year? We thought we would put together some tips for you if you plan to make 2017 the year you get your stash under control.

Have a long hard look at your yarn. Ask yourself if you love it or can’t quite remember why you bought it? And do you really need all those parts balls that were left over from the project you finished ages ago? You may even rediscover some forgotten gems and fall in love with them all over again. 

If you don’t love a ball of yarn, then why not give it away to friends or charities where it will be enjoyed and turned it into something beautiful. 

Weigh the quantities you have and try to find a project you can make with that amount of yarn.  If you are a crocheter or someone who loves to knit Fair Isle, you’re sure to find a project to suit. Imagine all the happy hours you can spend on Ravelry finding just the right design, then pack it up with the pattern ready to use. 

Sometimes the reason that stash grows and grows is because we have either forgotten what we have or thought we had a particular yarn but can’t find it.  Why not take a small wrap of each yarn and stick it in a book with a note of the amount you have? You could also box similar yarns together so you know exactly where to find them.

Yarn is such a beautiful thing to own and will give you much pleasure when it is being used rather than hiding in a box in your loft.  Even if you decide not buying yarn for a year is too awful to contemplate we hope these tips will help you make better use of what you have.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Stocking Fillers

What would you like to find wrapped up under the Christmas Tree or in your festive stocking? Are you still looking for gifts for your yarnie friends? At KnitPro we have lots of goodies that make perfect gifts to delight and inspire.

You can never have enough stitch markers and we have a lovely range of beaded markers in delicious colours to decorate your project.

If you are a keen sock knitter our DPN tubes are perfect for making sure you project stays on your needles.

For circular needle fans we have developed a special Protector which makes sure your project stays on your needles.

Our lovely, sparkly yarn cutter is so handy to keep in your project bag or you can even use it as a key ring.

When it comes to blocking you can never have too many pins and our T pins come in a handy container.  We also have super Blocking Mats and Blocking Wires if you need them.

The new Grace project bags are a great way to keep yourself organised and the triangular shape is perfect for smaller projects.

Are you working on a complicated pattern? Then why not take a look at out Clicky, to count your rows, 

or our Magnetic Chart Keeper to tame that chart.

If you know a young person that you want to encourage to try knitting or crochet our Craft Kit is the perfect introduction.

And finally, The KnitPro Melodie gift set is at the very top of our Christmas wish list with it's Zing interchangeable needles, special pouch and wonderful earrings.

Your local yarn shop will be able to help you with all of these products if they are a KnitPro stockist.

Happy holidays to all of you!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Favourite Books

We recently asked our wonderful Facebook followers for their favourite knitting and crochet books and we had so many interesting posts.  We thought we would take a closer look at some of them in case any of you are thinking of asking Santa for a book on your Christmas list.

The Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmerman is not only a fantastic technical book but it also gives an insight in to how this doyenne of knitting approaches her craft.
Edward’s Menagerie by Kerry Lord is a lovely book of crocheted animals.  When Kerry was pregnant with her son, Edward, she learned to crochet and created these super cool animals just for him. We particularly like Audrey the Goat.
Sue Pinner’s Granny Squares book is a brilliant source of inspiration as well as having some lovely crochet patterns for projects for the home
Many of you will know the blogger and Facebook star Winwick Sock Mum.  Now she has brought out a book called Super Socks by Christine Perry, which hopes to take the fear away from knitting socks.
55 Christmas Balls to Knit by Arne & Carlos is a seasonal must have but should come with a warning.  These lovely Yuletide decorations are seriously addictive.
Winter Crochet by Marie Wallin shows how you can combine knitting and crochet to create some beautiful garments and accessories.
Jane Crowfoot’s The Ultimate Crochet Bible is the book we reach for if we can’t remember a technique or want to learn a new crochet skill, and it is now available as a paperback.
Sequence Knitting by Cecelia Campochiaro will transform the way you look at knitting. It leads you through how to knit reversible fabrics but it is so much more than that.  You will understand so much more about the engineering if a knitted fabric.
If you need to brush up on any knitting techniques from beginner to advanced, then The Knitters Handbook by Eleanor Van Zandt deserves a place on your bookshelf
200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton is quite simply one of those books you will find endlessly inspiring.
If you want to develop your sock knitting technique then why not try Socks Toe up by Wendy D Johnson.  This book has lots of really lovely, and useful, patterns as well as explaining this way of knitting socks in way that is easy to understand.
Starting and finishing your knitting in the best way is essential to finessing any project so why not invest in a copy of Cast On, Bind Off by Lesley Ann Bestor.  There are lots of interesting and unusual techniques as well as advice on when to use them.
No book list would be complete without one by this design guru and The Book of Haps by Kate Davies is our current favourite.  Kate has pulled together patterns from designers around the world and interspersed them with interesting articles about the history of the hap and techniques that you will find useful.

We hope you enjoy our recommendations as much as we enjoyed leafing through them.
If you leave a comment about your favourite book here, one of you will win a lovely prize from us.