October 20th is the annual GLAAD Spirit Day to promote anti-bullying, especially for LGBTQ youth. To that end, supporters are encouraged to wear purple as part of their clothing.

I once again ask our members to show solidarity for our youth by doing so. Given the rise of hateful rhetoric in our country and around the world, it is especially vital that our young people be sent the message that there are people who wish them the very best and are allies against bullying.

Thank you.

Row, row, rowing out...

Not long ago, I took on some projects which required me to knit flat, something I'd not really done for a number of years. I wasn't too keen to give up the circular knitting but needs must and I began my projects. However, it didn't take long for me to notice the rowing-out which drove me mad. I started to use combination knitting which did make a big improvement but didn't eliminate the problem totally. I've never considered myself to be a sloppy knitter and I seem to alway be able to obtain a consistent gauge.


Hello All. Not long ago I discovered the Craftsy website. Maybe this is well-known to many of you, but I had never heard of it before. If you haven't seen it, I recommend you have a look. They have a fair number of knitting classes with a wide range of topics. I've purchased about 10 of them in areas which I wanted to improve, such as seaming, button bands and a general programme of different ways to knit. I found that each course has an experienced knitting instructor who knows what they are talking about. And, best of all, some of the instructors are blokes!

Recommendations for Needles

When I began knitting, I used solely Addi Turbo circulars. It didn't take long until I grew annoyed with the horrible stiff cable (the company actually recommended holding them in the steam over boiling water to soften and straighten them) and I looked around for an alternative. I bought the Addi Clicks but the needle sizes are too large as I often knit with a 3.25 mm size. On the recommendation of Bill on this site, I switched to Hiya-Hiya interchangeable. I really appreciate the swivel at the join. I've been happy with these until just recently.

Can I Soften Scratchy Wool?

Awhile ago, I bought some Irish wool that I got for a sweater from an online store. When I got the wool, I realized that it was too scratchy so I set it aside. Recently, I decided that I would use it to make an afghan, but I'd like to soften it up a bit once I am finished. I am in my third of ten skeins, so it'll be awhile before I am done.

I have read that hair conditioner helps, but most are highly perfumed. I have also read that glycerin works, as well as vinegar.