Make It! Ras Al Hanout

Ras Al Hanout means “top of the shop” in Arabic. Merchants would develop their own blends to compete for their customer’s loyalty. As with many other long standing spice blends, you’ll probably never find two that are the same. Poke through your spice cabinet and you will probably find that you have most of what […]

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Long Tail Cast On

When you need to cast on a permanent, clean edge to build your knitted piece on, there are two main methods. You can either knit them on using the English Cable Cast On  or you can use a long tail cast on. I love the long tail cast on because it is extremely fast once you get […]

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Wheatfield with Crows by Vincent Van Gogh

Colour: Part 1 – The Basics

I’m often told that I have some kind of a talent or gift for putting colours together. I tend to disagree. Instead, I believe that this is something that anyone can learn, and like any other learned skill, comes complete with epic failures and resounding success. If it’s something that you haven’t had a lot […]

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English Cable Cast On

When I am teaching beginners, I always show them the English Cable Cast On. Not only does it give a firm, stable and even edge, but it also teaches the basics of knitting right from the get-go.   Like many cast ons, it begins with a slip knot. A slip knot is a loop with another […]

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Darn It!!!

Lots of people, myself included, love to knit socks. We love knitting socks so much that there are entire websites, facebook pages, blogs, pattern books and designers that are  devoted to nothing but socks. There are even beautiful little wooden boxes and chests made especially for keeping our treasured, hand knit socks. I am a […]

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