Learning to knit can be a bit overwhelming, but once you’ve learned it can be very enjoyable, calming your mind while your hands stay busy. What you will need is some yarn, a couple of knitting needles, a pair of scissors, and a tapestry or yarn needle. As you progress with your knitting you may want to add to your list of supplies, some extras, some fun tools to make knitting more fun, and sometimes easier too. Take a look at 17 Things Every Knitter Needs.
One of the pleasures of knitting is working with beautiful yarn textures and colors. That being said, choosing which yarn to use can be puzzling. Of course, I’m partial to Alpaca Yarn because it is so soft and such a pleasure to work with, and we do raise alpacas. We have our very own Farm Yarn made from the fiber of our own alpacas, though with our small farm, the amount is limited and we sell out quickly. For that reason we also carry yarn from The Alpaca Yarn Company from Fingering Weight to Bulky. It is important to choose the right yarn for your knitting project. This E-guide on How to Choose and Use the Right Yarn Every Time is a very helpful resource and so is Top 10 Yarn Questions.
Or take it a step further with a Craftsy Online Class by Clara Parkes called Know Your Yarn: Choose the Perfect Yarn Every Time. The description of this class is as follows: “Join acclaimed author Clara Parkes for comprehensive guidance on identifying and choosing the yarn you need for the project you want! Find out the meaning of fiber terms such as staple, crimp, luster, and micron. Then, discover the benefits and challenges of fiber from sheep, alpaca, goats, rabbits, and other animals. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of plant fibers: cotton, linen, hemp, and bamboo. Explore the strengths and weaknesses of different silks, as well as for synthetic fibers. Clara will even demystify the different types of twist and why they matter. Finally, get tips for identifying mystery stash yarns, evaluating yarn from your local shop, and much more. Match the right yarn to the right pattern with confidence and create projects you’re thrilled with every time!”
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