Tips and Tricks — techniques

Pilling - what causes it and what can you do about it?

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Pilling - it is so frustrating! You have spent hours knitting or crocheting and your item is perfect, and then, over time, little balls or fluffy strands of fibre appear on the surface. Why does this happen and what can you do about it?

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Help - I have some gorgeous yarn in my stash but is it enough?

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You may have experienced this yourself - there is that beautiful yarn that you bought at that gorgeous little yarn shop one time, and now you have a jumper in mind and you are just not sure whether it's going to be enough. What do you do?

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Crochet: American and British crochet terms

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You would think that English speaking countries all use the same crochet terms, but unfortunately, that is not the case. Generally speaking, UK and Australian patterns use the same crochet terms but some terms in American patterns are slightly different. To make matters worse, there are a few terms that are the same but mean different things! So it is important to make sure you know which terms your pattern uses. One clear give-away is the use of the term "single crochet", which only exists in American crochet terminology. So if you encounter the term "single crochet", make sure you...

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Trouble-shooting machine felting

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We sell a great selection of felting yarns that are ideal for felting in the washing machine, but not all washing machines work equally well for this purpose. Sometimes you need to adjust the felting process to make it work in YOUR machine. 

Felting happens in the washing machine in a full cycle at 40-60 degrees Celsius. 

You need to use standard washing powder (not wool wash) and run a full standard or cotton cycle (NOT woollens/minimum iron or delicates cycle). It is important NOT to use any water saving settings, as the slippers have to SWIM IN WATER for this to work. Machine felting works really well in most machines, but sometimes a second or even third washing cycle may be necessary to achieve the desired outcome.

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