Are you ready for a yarn?

July 19, 2014

Yep it's a bit of a dad joke, but let's talk yarn. The GetMaking studio is open with some amazing Big Loop chunky yarn knitting kits from the team at Loopy Mango, New York. The kits are perfect for knitting and crochet beginners, as well as experts who want to have the fun of a quick knit-up that creates spectacular results. We've also got yarn and needles that can be purchased separately, and of course we have our 'MADE FOR YOU' option for those who love the results but knitting is just not your thing.

 

For those new to knitting let's unravel some of that new terminology: 

Frogging : if you need to frog your stitches that means you need unravel them (you are ripping out stitches - rip it, rip it which sounds like a frog)

Carding: sounds like being ID checked at a bar, but no, it's at the early stage of turning wool into yarn when the wool is brushed between what looks like two rectangular metal brushes to align the fibres.

Roving: this is the drawn out wool that is ready to be spun into yarn (I was going to say think Cinderella and the spinning wheel, but it's really more Rumpelstiltskin as he actually does some spinning). Roving is used by home spinners to create their own yarn on a wheel and you will see some chunky yarn enthusiasts knitting with it. The difference between knitting with roving and Loopy Mango Big Loop Yarn is that Loopy Mango is properly spun so it holds together as a yarn while roving is thick and loose.

Ply: ply is a measure of yarn thickness - big loop yarn is really off the scale but for traditional yarn the smaller the ply number the thinner it is and the thinner the needles.

Our Loopy Mango Big Loop kits have the yarn, needles and instructions and some great online tutorials - check them out here.

Enough puns for one day - it's time to get making !




Also in News from the studio

Let's talk thread: introducing Coats Button Craft Thread

April 09, 2017

When you're hand-sewing you want a thread that is strong but that also glides through your fabric with ease. Coats Button Craft thread, more formally known as 'Coats & Clark Dual Duty Plus' Button and Craft Thread is regarded as one of the very best for hand sewers. read on...Coats Button Craft Thread

Continue Reading

Do you need to make a toile when sewing?

April 02, 2017

A pattern review of the Tessuti Alice Top, and an adventure in Indigo dyeing. read on....A Tessuti Pattern review and trialing indigo dye

Continue Reading

Summer colours from Loopy Mango

December 11, 2016

Say hello to these beautiful summer colours read on....

Summer Colours from Loopy Mango

Continue Reading