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It’s All About the Tools

June 24, 2014 Julie

My Favorite Knitting Things

Having the right tools can really make an experience, don’t you think? I’ve recently added some new ones for knitting to the shop and thought I’d share my favorites. Could they be my favorites because I personally picked them out for the store? Absolutely! And, I wouldn’t steer you wrong. Do you recognize any from your own knitting bag?

Knitter’s Graph Paper Journal : This graph paper notebook is not only great for sketching intarsia, stranded color work, fair isle, lace and cable knit designs, you can use it as a progress journal for all your knitting projects. I started using mine to document the details for my Featherweight Cardigan like my knitting needle type and size after gauge swatching, size that I’m knitting, and modifications to the pattern.

It’s inside covers are filled with helpful guides like standard yarn weights, universal fabric care symbols and a knitting symbols cheat sheet. No matter what your skill level, this notebook is a handy addition to your knitting bag.

Yarn Buddy : Did you know that your yarn needs a buddy? Well, I didn’t until I discovered this nifty gadget. A yarn buddy is essentially a Lazy Susan for your yarn, spinning effortlessly as you pull the yarn to knit or crochet. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a forever fan of the yarn bowl. But, I’m also a sucker for a tool that’s handmade of beautiful wood. Our new Yarn Buddies are made by a nice man named George on his farm in Wisconsin. George kinda reminds me of my Dad making our Home Made Thread Caddies. . .

Sheep (or Owl or Fox) Knitting Needle Gauge : How many times have you struggled to figure out the size of your knitting needles? Well, it’s time to stop the insanity! Okay, it’s probably not that dramatic of a situation, but seriously. Add a knitting needle gauge to your knitting tools. You’ll be grateful to have it. And, I bet you can’t find any cuter than the new wooden sheep, fox, and owl ones I’ve added to the shop. 

Removable + Black Ring Stitch Markers : Simple and classic. Use these hardworking staples for every project, as they fit up to a size US 10 needle and will keep track of the beginning of your rounds. Or, use the removable markers to track every increase/decrease in a series so you can keep track of what you’ve done. Keep ’em in that cool kraft paper envelope in your knitting bag and you’ll definitely look like you know what you’re doing.

 Soak + Handmaid : Keep your clothes and crafts soft and looking their best with Soak, a gentle, no-rinse wash. Keep your hands soft and looking their best (and knitting their best) with Handmaid, a luxury hand creme. Go ahead and spoil yourself with one of each in your favorite scent!

Addi Turbo Click Set : If you’re going to use Addi Turbo circular knitting needles, this is the way to do it. There’s good reason why these knitting needles are so popular — with their nickel plated brass tips, ultra-pliable cords, snag-free joins. And, with the click set, you get 10 different sizes of Addi Turbo needles with three cord lengths in one very organized pouch. These are your foundation — essential to your knitting and directly impact your project. Basically, good knitting needles are the equivalent of buying yourself a good sewing machine. Or a nice set of golf clubs. ;)

Pom Pom Magazine : Pom Pom is a quarterly, collectable magazine that’s full of knitting patterns, great photography and interesting stories. Flip through the latest issue for project inspiration and eye candy, recipes, music recommendations, and a general feeling that you’re hip and know what’s happening on the modern knitting scene. You’re also likely to end up wishing you lived in London and were hanging out with the magazine’s creators Lydia and Meghan

Kacha Counter, Measuring Tape + Pretty Embroidery Scissors : You should have these. You’ll use them for every project. I promise.

Zipper Pouch : This zipper pouch is the perfect size for holding a knitting project and pretty much everything else you’d want in there (even larger things like your Pom Pom Quarterly and Addi Click Set). It’s boxed bottom allows it to stand up so you can easily look in and see what you’ve got. You can make your own in our Zipper Pouch class!

 

All these delicious goodies (and more) are available for purchase in Home Made’s brick and mortar shop. If you don’t live nearby, you can always call 609.536.2940 to put together a mail order.

Home Made is OPEN WEEKENDS : Saturdays 10AM – 5PM + Sundays 11AM – 4PM. Starting June 29, we’ll be OPEN 6 DAYS for Summer!


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