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New Video Podcast

I just discovered this new video podcast today. The focus is teaching a newby to knit.

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Desperately Seeking Long DPN's

Thanks to Mike (stickywarp) I now have the shorter DPN's that I need. However, I am still looking for the 40 cm length DPN in the following sizes: 3.25 mm, 7.75 mm, 4.5 mm, 5 mm, 5.5 mm.

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New Knitting Podcast

There is a new podcast by a knitting guy you might want to have a listen to:

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Shetlands Knitting Belt

I just received this traditional knitting belt from Jamieson & Smith in the Shetland Islands. I also ordered the 2 sets of 40 cm DPN's.

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Looking for DPN's - Stainless Steel

I'm trying to source some 20 cm double-pointed knitting needles, stainless steel only. I would like sizes from 2.5 mm to 5.0 mm. I'm having a spot of trouble finding them on the internet.

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2-Ply posing as a 4-ply knitting wool

I have a question for spinners (or anyone else who knows the answer): I am knitting with the Shetland knitting wools that are “2-ply that knits as a 4-ply”.

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Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off - Book

“Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off – The Yarnharlot’s Guide to the Land of Knitting” is the latest book by the popular knitter and blogger.

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What is a group of knitters called?

I was listening to the knitting podcast "Stitch Stud & His Bride" in which he mentions a survey being conducted about what to call a group of knitters.

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Crochet Hooks

I must confess to being very spastic when I try to use a crochet hook. I can inflict far more damage with the bloody hook than I could ever do with a pointy needle. It's no wonder that I took up knitting instead of crochet.

At the NZ Knitters' Weekend, I met Jenny King who is an Aussie crochet designer. She is a lovely person and a fantastic crocheter. She has commissioned her own line of bamboo crochet hooks which are beautiful, and if you must use one, lovely to hold. I ordered and just received mine and I'm so pleased that I thought I'd alert others here about them. The hooks are bamboo with very nice hooks ends. I only use crochet hooks for repairs and have not, until now, found any that I could use easily. Somehow, the hooks are cut just right for me.

So, I biffed the metal and plastic hooks I had in my knitting tool kit and added these lovely wooden hooks. I think it's a bloke thing but I love quality tools!

Have a look at her site; you won't be disappointed:

She is such a great person and talented fiber artist! If you order from her, tell her "Hi!" from me!

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YouTube Fancies

I came across these these YouTube vid's this arvo and thought MWK lads might enjoy them:

Men Knitters:

It's good to laugh at ourselves:

Portugese Knitting (like knitting with 2 crochet hooks):