Preppers: knitting bug-out bag essentials

True Preppers are people preparing for a catastrophic event, possibly even a doomsday scenerio. If this is all new to you, you have had your head too deeply into your knitting. Don’t worry, by the end of this article you will be prepared. You may not be prepared for the end of the world but, you will be prepared for an unexpected wait in a hospital waiting room, an evacuation due to flooding or even waiting for AAA to come fix a flat.

Cafe Press has a bumper sticker that says it all,”I am developing a post apocalyptic skill set”. The goal of a Prepper is self-sufficiency. Knitting today, spinning tomorrow. Maybe it is time to learn to spin. Then you would have no shortage of yarn to knit. You could trade some yarn back to the sheep farmer for more roving.

Continue reading Preppers – Knitting your way through an emergency – Hartford knitting


Knitting needles of various materials

Most knitters and crocheters have a lot of hand me down needles and hooks. I am guessing you were first taught with a needle or a hook that was made of metal (most common material). The first needle or hook you purchased was probably  metal when you needed a size you didn’t have. Metal was what you were familiar with.

At the start, I found metal (aluminum) needles were fun to use, in part because of the sound they made. With time the clicking can become a distraction. Metals are smooth making knitting faster for some. On the downside they are very slippery, often loosing a stitch or two as it slips off the needle.

If you haven’t tried wood, you will be in for a treat. The needles in the picture above are made from Birch. Wood  has a nice feel in the hand. As you knit the needle warms up from the heat of your hands. They are light and smooth but not too slippery, or sticky. 

 Bamboo has the feel of wood, but can tend to be sticky. They are  mostly imported.

Plastic needles are flexible. One problem is that if bent they may be stressed enough to remain bent. They are inexpensive.

Glass (Pyrex) needles are starting to become available. They are heavy in the hand. They seem more like a novelty  though might be fine for small projects.

Material choice is personal. If you have only had the opportunity to try one type…maybe now is the time to treat yourself. This might be just the thing to renew your interest in a project you have set aside.

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Knitting Large for Guiness record

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Guiness record knitting

Knitting large takes on new meaning when Julia Hopson of Knit Wits Wool shop (Penzance)/Cornish Organic Wool, starts a knitting project.

Julia holds the Guinness World Record for knitting with ‘the largest knitting needles in the world’.

What does her knitting bag look like? I know very few knitters who don’t carry their knitting with them. The needles are 10 times the size of the average knitting needles and the yarn (rope) was 12 mm in diameter.

Age of Knitting

knittingwWW1posterI have been looking around the web trying to find when historians believe knitting started. They really aren’t sure. Knitting needles are just sticks with points. When found, are they knitting needles or kindling? Yarn was valued. When a knitted garment was either too small or ragged the item was unraveled and the yarn used again in another project. Also aged knitted items fall apart or disintegrate with time.