Makers Minute – Worsted vs Woolen Spun

Katie talks about the differences between yarn that has been spun in the ‘Woolen’ method vs the ‘Worsted’ method.

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Hi, I’m Katie and this is your Makers Minute!

Today we are gonna be talking about woolen spun versus worsted spun.

Normally when we talk about anything that’s worsted, we’re talking about the thickness of yarn, like a medium weight. In this instance we’re actually talking about how the fibers are spun.

Woolen spun fibers are washed, scoured, then carded. The worsted fibers go even further. They are also washed, scoured, and carded, but then they’re also combed and drawn before being spun into place. So all those fibers are going in one direction whereas the woolen fibers typically are going in multiple directions, and that’s what gives it its fluffy airy look. The worsted yarn will be a little bit stronger whereas the woolen yarn will break a little bit easier.

You may be wondering by now if one is better than the other. Really, it’s totally personal preference. If you’re looking for something that’s super warm but light, a woolen spun may be better. If you’re looking for something that will be less likely to pill and probably wear better over time, worsted spun may be the better choice.

Now, I would just like to remind you that pills are a big deal. You should definitely check out my video on pills.

 

This has been your Makers Minute, and I’ll see you next time.

Makers’ Minute – addi® Olive Wood

 

We are excited to announce the arrival of the addi® Olive Wood circular knitting needles! They are beautiful, strong, pointy and a must for any knitter!

Shop for the available Olive Wood circular needles now!

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Hi I’m Katie and this is your Makers’ Minute!

Today we’re gonna be talking about the new Olive Wood line from Addi. There’s been a lot of blogs about these items and we’re excited to finally have the circular needles in stock.

The reason everyone’s excited about this product is because not only is the wood beautiful, but they come from olive trees that no longer bear fruit. So instead of just destroying the tree, they actually recycle, into beautiful needles.

The marbling on these needles are truly beautiful and unlike anything out in the market. Additionally, the tips are pointier than regular bamboo needles. And overall, the wood is more solemn, making for a stronger, working needle. These needles are polished to perfection, and while they are stickier than a metal needle, they’re actually more slicked than a bamboo tip needle.

Enjoy shopping for the full line of circular needles that are currently in stock at MakersMercantile.com.

Makers’ Minute – How To Pick Up Stitches

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to pick up stitches, this Makers’ Minute will show you how! Using the addi® Click Crochet Hook Accessory Set, you’ll see how easy it is to pick up stitches and start knitting right away on your addi® Click needle tips!

Browse the addi® Click Crochet Hook Accessory Set

Browse addi® Click Sets

Browse addi® HeartStoppers

Browse HiKoo® Rub-A-Dub

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I’m Katie Rempe here with your Makers’ Minute.

Do you hate picking up stitches? Well, not anymore. You’ll be amazed just how easy it is to pick up stitches using the Addi Click Crochet Hook Accessory Set.

Let’s try it. Remember, the Addi Click Crochet Accessory Set does not come with cords. This is the perfect opportunity to use the cords that are coming to your Addi Click Set. Adding a heart stopper, and you can do almost anything with knitting.

Connect your Addi Click Crochet Accessory Set Hook to the cable. On the other end, put an Addi heart stopper.

For contrast, I’ll be picking up in this green color. Simply insert the hook into the fabric, pull up a loop. Insert hook into the fabric, and pull up a loop. Once all your stitches have been picked up, simply slide the stitches onto the cable, and replace your hook and Addi heart stopper with your knitting needles to match your gauge.

Now you’re ready to knit your next round and you haven’t missed a step. Ready to get this technique to try, visit MakersMercantile.com for all the supplies.

Makers’ Minute – Feinheit Yarn by Zitron

What do you get when you obtain a 16 micron wool yarn? Feinheit! Katie shows you this amazing yarn by Zitron that’s as soft as cashmere that you’ll love knitting, crocheting, and weaving with. Available in 20 amazing colors!

Click here to view the Feinheit yarn selection.

Click here to buy the Drachenfels pattern by Melanie Berg.

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Hi! I’m Katie Rempe and this once again is your Makers’ Minute!

Today we’ll be talking about the softest wool yarn you’ve ever felt in your entire life – Zitron’s Feinheit Ultra-Fine Merino.

Each hank of feinheit weighs in at 100grams and just under 400 yards to make the possibilities of this fingering weight yarn almost endless. You’ll find any excuse to knit with this yarn as it is 16 microns, making it as soft as cashmere, but it’s wool. Feinheit is perfect for adult projects and baby projects as its 100% super-washed merino and was tested against harmful substances. So if you wanna take a bite, feel free.

Available in 20 amazing colors, you’ll find any excuse to knit with more than 100 time. For instance, we did up this Drachenfels by Melanie Berg using three different colors of feinheit. It’s so soft and luxurious, I don’t think I’m giving back the sample at the end of the video.

So pop on over to Makers’ Mercantile or MakersMercantile.com to see which colors you can’t live without. I’ll see you next week!

Makers’ Minute – Balls, Hanks, Skeins and more!

In this Makers’ Minute, Katie shows off a variety of ways that knitting and crochet yarns are sold, and if they need to be rolled into a ball first. Yarn can comes in a skein, hank, ball, cake and even cones!

Purchase the featured yarns by following the links below!

HiKoo® Simplicity

Schoppel Alb Lino

HiKoo® Kenzie

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Hello! I’m Katie, and this once again is your Makers’ Minute!

Today we’ll be talking about the different ways that yarn gets delivered into the hands of the knitter. That’s right, I’m talking about the old ball and skein.

Well, this one comes in a ball and is ready to knit, not all them do. I’m gonna show you the differences.

The next thing you’ll probably see is a hank. A hank for anyone who’s a new knitter, has to be round into a ball before you use it.

Step one, you wanna take this out of the hank. What’s the best way to roll this into a ball? You can simply place this on the back of the chair, or have a friend hold it. Then you wanna look and find these little ties that are holding it together. Go ahead and just clip off the knot and you’ll find both ends. Pick an end and start rolling into a ball. Now if you’re purchasing yarn like this at a yarn store, they probably have a ball windering swift to roll into a ball for you.

This yarn, tea cakes by haiku, comes in a cake. No need to roll this into a ball, just find the end, and go. Another available option is a skein, looks a little similar to a ball but has this oblong shape. No need to roll this one into a ball. Then, a would not quite as popular you may find yarn that comes in a cone. There’s another option or gear to weavers or machine knitters and that cone’s gonna look something like this.

I hope you won a ball during this Makers’ Minute and I’ll see you next time here at MakersMercantile.com.

Makers’ Minute – How to ‘Click’ Your Addi Interchangeable Needle

Katie demonstrates how to assemble the addi® Click Interchangeable needles. Watch it closely and see how addi® Click differs from the competition with their locking system!

Purchase an addi® Click Set here!

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Hi. I’m Katie and this is your Makers’ Minute.

Have you received an Addi Interchangeable Kit? Or you’re not quite sure how to use them? I’m gonna show you how to properly work our locking mechanism so that you can knit with confidence.

When it comes time to connect the pieces, insert the plug of the cord into the tip of the needle. The tip of the needle will settle in to the groove on this cord. You know you’re in the right place when you can no longer turn like this, and settles into position, like this. You’ll notice when you press firmly there’s a spring inside the needle.

To lock in the cord, press firmly and twist the tip away from you. Once it’s a-fixed, play around of it to make sure it’s in the right place. When it comes time to remove the cord from the tip, press firmly again and twist the tip towards you.

Again, to assemble the cord, insert the two pieces together, twist until it cannot twist anymore, press firmly, and twist the needle away from you. Play with it to make sure everything is locked properly. To remove, press firmly again, and twist the tip towards you.

Stop screwing around. It clicks, with Addi. Thanks for watching, and join me next week on the Makers’ Minute.

Makers’ Minute – Decoding Yarn Labels

In this Makers’ Minute, Katie explains how to read the tricky bits of information on yarn labels.

Click here to purchase Das Paar yarn.

Click here to download a copy of the Fabric Care Symbols.

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Hi. I’m Katie, and this is your Makers’ Minute.

Today we’ll be discussing labels and how to read them.

What does this square of information mean exactly? It’s all about gauge. Here we see if we use a 4-6 size needle, and cast on approximately 20-22 stitches, and knit for 26-32 rows, that should give us a 4×4 inch or 10×10 centimeters square.

If we look at this Das Par label by Schoppel, we can see some interesting things that aren’t always found on yarns that are in just one language.

At the top we see that it’s 420 meters equalling to 100 grams. On the second half of the tag, we see the fiber content, first in German language, then in the English language. Nestled in the middle section are some yardage suggestions.

If you were to make a ladies size sweater small, you may need approximately 450 grams. Or if you wanted to make a pair of socks, you would just need one skein equaling to 100 grams.

On the last line we see that, if you have 42 rows and 30 stitches, that should equal a 10×10 centimeters square. Following that are the wash and care symbols, the suggested needle size between a 2 and 3 millimeter, the color number, and the lot number.

This helpful reference tool on wash and care instructions can be found at the link below. I always recommend keeping at least one label so that you know which color and which dye lot your project’s made out of, just in case you need more.

If the project’s a gift, I like to include this so that the recipient knows just exactly how to take care of the project. I hope you learned a lot in this Makers’ Minute and I’ll see you next time!

Makers’ Minute – Knit Mitts

In this Makers’ Minute, Katie introduces you to the Knit Mitts!

Knit Mitts are made from 52% hemp, 45% organic cotton, and 3% lycra, and use only the scraps from Texture, so they are sustainable and keep waste out of landfills.

Knit Mitts are named for their use for knitting, but as the back of the package suggests, you can use them to keep yourself warm and your fingers free for picking flowers, crafting, crocheting, typing in a cold office, writing a love note, etc – how cute! They are a size S/M, and they stretch so they tend to fit most.

Get yourself a pair of Knit Mitts!

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I’m Katie and this is your Makers’ Minute.

Today, we discuss Knit Mitts. The Knit Mitts are made from 100% scrap fabric, so there’s no waste. Ever. Sustainably made with love right here in the US.

They’re made from hemp, organic cotton and lycra so they’re super soft. They’re also really easy to clean. Wash in cold water and tumble dry low. The back of the packaging includes 50 ways on how you can wear these fingerless mitts.

I thought of a few extra. Be a thug. Sip a mug. Give a hug! Come here you. Beat a rug. Pet a pug! Knit a shrug. Bat away a bug. Pick up a slug. Give your pants a tug. Take a drink from a jug.

Available in cranberry fuchsia, black, pewter and smoke, and Dijon and chestnut.

Is this one too long? Cuff it up!

Produced by texture in Bellingham, WA.

 

Get your knit mitts right now at MakersMercantile.com.

Makers’ Minute – Gauge!

The dreaded GAUGE talk. Why is it important? What else can those swatches be used for to make it worth your time? A LOT! Join Katie as she “talks” about one of her favorite subjects!

Helpful Gauge Taking Tools:

Addi® Needle Gauge

Addi® Stitch Counting Frame and Needle Gauge

Makers’ Mercantile Measuring Tape

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Katie Rempe.. Makers’ Minute

Today we’re talking about.. Gauge!

It’s Important.

“Actually.. I always knit on gauge.”

“I never swatch.”

I’ll show you why it’s important. I knit this with a US 6!

Chuck took over with the same needle… What Happened?!

Top: Mine = Loose (big); Bottom: Chuck’s Tight (small).

Why does it matter? This swatch is too small. (uses extra yarn).

This swatch is too BIG! (also uses more yarn).

This swatch is just right!

You’ll have enough yarn! Don’t get a tiny top or a giant flop. Never wonder if you’ll run out! Measure carefully.

Stitch and Row! Save your swatch. Do a blocking test. Never be surprised! Do an “I got gauge” dance.

 

See you next week at MakersMercantile.com.

Makers’ Minute – Lilly Brush

Katie educates us on ‘pills’. Why do they happen? How can you get rid of them? The Lilly Brush is the answer for all your natural fiber pill removal needs!

Buy a Lilly Brush below in Red or Black

Buy Hikoo® Simplinatural Yarn

Download the free ‘Classic Checkered Vest’ pattern, as seen in the video

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Hi, I’m Katie and this is your Makers’ Minute!

Today we explore the world of pills.

What is it? What causes it? Why it’s not a big deal?

Pills are those little balls that typically happen on areas of high traffic on your body.

This sweater is made out of Simplinatural. Simplinatural is beautiful because it has a halo, it’s super soft and fluffy.

Anything that can be categorized as ‘fluffy’ has potential to pill. But why? When little fluffy fibers meet their friends, and this happens, friction gathers the fibers and the gathered fibers are pills.

It just wants to be with its fiber friends. Don’t worry. Pills are not a big deal. We have lots of things to take care of them including this awesome Lilly Brush.

The Lilly Bursh has a cap for easy travel abilities and is super easy to use on all-natural fibers. Simply brush! It’s also great for removing pet hair, fuzz, and lint.

The Lilly Brush is only meant for your all natural fibers. But why not my synthetic fibers? Synthetics are a whole different story. Because their man-made, they’re really long fiber. And when those are created into pills, they have to be cut-off rather than brushed off.

The Lilly Brush – available in red and black, and available right now at Makers’ Mercantile.