The Knitterly Hooker

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What’s your number?

In community challenges on May 29, 2014 at 11:46 pm

I saw this on Instagram today from @spin2knit….getting your Raveler number. I’m 312851.  I’m curious to know yours.

How to do it: Click “About Me” link to open up your profile, then do the following with the arrow keys:


PC: hold the control key by doing the above

MAC users: hold the option key by doing the above

Apparently the original source of the instructions above are from here.


Update: um, I just refreshed the page and it disappeared…soooo, just letting you know that it’s not permanently on your about me page.




The Sloped Bind-off

In knitting on May 28, 2014 at 6:15 am

I randomly found this video on YouTube and thought it would be helpful in sweater making.

I wonder if I’ll ever get to use it? Have you ever used this or similar techniques?

Ten inches, ten facts

In designing, knitting, portfolio, stash busting on May 27, 2014 at 6:15 am

I made some head way and the first portion of my design, lovelies, is complete! Ten solid inches of a brainless fair-isle pattern; so simple and so perfect. I absolutely love it and feel like I am on that road to having my dream realized!

Although I’m not yet ready to reveal my design, at least not yet (though, a clue is on my Instagram page) , I am ready to share with you some fun facts about it! Is that cool?

1. Technique that is needed is kitchener in the round. I found this video and!

2. Because there are fair-isle elements, I suggest these yarn bobbins I absolutely love them. I found these tools too late in my toolbox and I have a lot of ends to weave in. I have the small bobbins, but soon enough I’ll buy the larger ones.

3. Fair-isle requires weaving in ends because you constantly out of colors and I found a few videos to be super helpful to me.

4. There are stripes in this piece and I hate jogs. There are several great videos on YouTube.

5. I suggest aran weight or dk weight yarn for this project.

6. If I had to do this project again, I would maybe use a natural fiber yarn. I am not knocking what I am using though, Caron Simply Soft is really nice!

7. The item being designed is trendy(at least I think so) .

8. The item being designed will definitely require blocking to flatten out the stitches some.

9. In truth, I was afraid I was going to have to pay someone to finish my designed item if I didn’t find the kitchener in the round video.

10. This design begins with a provisional cast on.

Deadline: June 1 approaches

In community challenges, crochet, events, knitting, sewing, stash busting on May 26, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Last call for those who may be interested in Making for Makers, discussed here.  The deadline to private message me on Ravelry with your email and to complete the entry form on the Secret Santa shuffler is approaching.  Intake for this cycle will be shut down at 11:59pm EST on June 1, 2014.

Another one bites the dust

In events, Uncategorized on May 25, 2014 at 10:47 pm
The only yarn shop in Westchester County (at least before the Tapanzee Bridge) is closing.
A lot of shops are dropping like flies.  This just goes to show how much more we need to be in support of our LYS. I’m guilty too.I did not shop here much; I’m not sure if I can buy anything, but I’ll look and see.
This is the email I received today.
It is with a heavy heart that I announce String Theory will be closing its doors permanently on June 30th, 2014The last 3 years have been a great ride but the combination of online competitive pricing and declining sales have made it impossible to keep the store open.
The Liquidation sale begins on Tuesday, May 27th 
Cash or check ONLY (NO credit cards)
Everything must go All yarns and accessories are selling for 20-40% off
All knitted samples are available for purchase
All fixtures and furniture must be sold
We will continue to accept all store credits and gift certificates until we close.  Thank you for allowing us to share our passion for knitting with you and for allowing us to share a small part in each of your projects over the years. Pictured are some of the many beautiful samples that are available for purchase.
All sales are FINAL

A leave from knitting

In finished projects, knitting, stash busting on May 23, 2014 at 9:01 pm

I’ve been accepted into an intensive graduate program for social work, and this is in addition to the very intense, fast paced job I have. As a result, I already know that my already limited knitting time will dwindle to nothing.

Although it’s early, I have an idea for my thesis… I’d like to incorporate what I love (knitting) as therapy / therapeutic effects in people in crisis. Obviously this isn’t a fleshed out topic and I am just a first year student…Well,will be, starting in the Fall. I’d love to know what books, research papers etc. to begin at.

I feel like I will need a knit buddy to knit for me. There are so many deadlines already and the semester hasn’t even started yet! I don’t think I’ll be making sweaters any time soon.

Who wants to help me? 😀

Uninspiring Yarn

In knitting, stash busting on May 17, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Under most circumstances, I would agree and say that we purchase yarns that inspire us to create.  And even if we don’t get the opportunity to create immediately after our yarn purchases, when we return to it, those feelings of inspiration return to us. We feel joy.  We feel delighted. We want to make.

I wanted to make…now.  And I chose Farmhouse Yarns Summer Spun.

I cannot say, that this is the case with this yarn.  When I bought Farmhouse Yarns Summer Spun, in those moments I loved it. I thought that I had, and would be, stepping up my knitting experience with this yarn.  I had increased my yarn repertoire, I thought.  I had ideas for it; it was a totally justifiable purchase in my mind.  But it wasn’t.  Here I am a couple years later, ready and anticipating using it and there it is… disappointment and regret rearing their faces.  I absolutely hate this yarn.  Well, maybe not hate, but it’s certainly not what I like to work with.

By now, I think you all know, I am a no fuss kind of gal. I like smooth yarns.  To me, this a pseudo-smooth skein, which I learned the hard way.  Since my intension for 2014 has been focused on depleting my stash account and tending to a more manageable one, I decided to get the Farmhouse Yarns out of hiding.

It was going to be the most fabulous bag, Linen-Linen Project Bag, but it wasn’t. I began this project about a week ago and it was an epic fail! The linen texture was not able to be showcased with the Farmhouse yarn which has a lot of nubbies (or the feel of).  My assessment was that the pattern really requires a smooth yarn which this is just not.

Not sure what to do with this yarn. I’m just  not finding patterns I am pleased with.  I’m just not pleased.

I’m thinking of giving it away, but I’m not sure.

Yarn storage and niddy noddy

In knitting, stash busting on May 11, 2014 at 12:03 am

I’ve decided that my yarn storage (take notice, not the amount of yarn I have) is too much. I don’t like the tupperwares that I have. It’s much too much. I initially thought of buying the vacuum shrink storage bags which I could place under my couch and that would be the end. But then, I wasn’t really feeling that because I can’t find any cute storage bins for underbed/couch.

It dawned on me to use a niddy noddy to reduce the bulk yarn tends to produce when stored. My thought process was to skein up all my stash, dividing them in large ziploc bags by weight and or projects. Perhaps I can then use the vacuum shrink storage bags or maybe it will be small enough to fit in 1 underbed storage container (if I can find a cute one) or put it in my armoire(which I need to store my clothes in, not yarn). But I actually can shrink store the yarn in the large ziplocs and suck out the excess air with a straw. I think that works! It will be a lot of work though, but I feel like skeins are easier to store than cakes or even prewound store bought skeins (you know, the ones with the mammoth insides to get a center pull).

Do you know what a niddy noddy is? It’s a tool used to wind yarns into skeins. It can be used in the dyeing process and also in upcycling old sweaters for yarn.
Niddy Noddy how to make and use videos:

I’m not the best at math but I found this to be a better explanation of how to calculate yardage. Still slightly confused, but I can definitely work something out!

So, later I’ll be off to the hardware store for some PVC and crank these baby’s out. I’m trying to get a cleaner look in my place and think this will help in sorting what I can donate as well.

Any suggestions and comments regarding the yarn storage idea I have would be invaluable. Summarizing my goal: one container/location for my yarn, not several bins.

Photography 101: The Rules and Elements of Composition

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2014 at 6:57 am

Helpful photography tips on composition.

The Daily Post

Recently, photographer Wenjie Zhang introduced us to the fundamentals of light. Let’s continue our journey through the Photography 101 series and move on to composition. For the next few installments, photographer (and active Daily Post participant) Jeff Sinon takes the reins. Here in part one, he introduces some of the “rules” and elements of composition, and in part two, he’ll offer insights and tips on how to find the best shot.

Jeff illustrates his points with stunning landscapes and nature scenes he’s captured, taken mainly with his Canon 7D, but you can apply his techniques to your own images, no matter your camera or subject matter. Let’s go!

No matter your skill level in photography, or how “honed” your visual eye may be, we’re all naturally curious about what we see. Images take our eyes on a journey, whether we’re looking through a viewfinder or examining a photograph. These next…

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Habu is moving…….SALE!!!

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Moving sale!


After being in the same building for 15 years, we are moving to a new locationas of July 1st. (in New York) I was going a bit nuts trying to make this change, but am quite excited.

Before we move, we really really would like to reduce the stock we have to carry to the new location. So! we are having a big sale on not just yarns, but some fabrics and other items.

It will continue till June 8th. Please go to this link.