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Knit Today Magazine - - Inspiring Colour -

ear­mark a month for clear­ing all your ob­jects (UFOs). It’ll feel so good!

un­fin­ished To check for moths get a clean white sheet and go through your stash, giv­ing each ball a good shake over it. Any co­coons or eggs will show up on the sheet – they of­ten match the colour of the yarn they’ve hid­ing in. Take the sheet out­side to shake out as moth eggs can sur­vive all but the most ex­treme con­di­tions.

To treat moth-con­tam­i­nated yarn, you can heat any wool or al­paca yarn in an oven – use the low­est set­ting and put it in for at least 20 min­utes. Wrap silk, cot­ton and syn­thet­ics in plas­tic and put in the freezer for a cou­ple of days. Take out, leave in an air­tight con­tainer for two weeks, then re­freeze. This kills off any moths that have hatched. But if your yarn is re­ally moth­e­aten just throw it out!

Swatches can seem like a pain to make, but it’s bet­ter to spend 15 min­utes knit­ting a swatch than five weeks knit­ting a gi­ant jumper! Your ten­sion changes over time and with dif­fer­ent yarns, so don’t as­sume that if you got 21 stitches to 10cm with DK yarn and 4mm nee­dles six months ago you’ll get the same now. Join­ing yarn with knots creates ten­sion in your knit­ted fab­ric. This can lead even­tu­ally to the knot break­ing and your fab­ric un­rav­el­ling. In­stead, work one or two stitches with the old yarn end and new yarn end to­gether be­fore con­tin­u­ing only with the new yarn end.

Ma­chine wash­ing your pre­cious knits is a sure-fire way to end up with a felted, bob­bly mess. But no one re­ally likes hand­wash­ing, do they? Spe­cial­ist wool washes like Eu­clan and Soak may seem pricey, but they are de­signed es­pe­cially for wool, smell lovely and, best of all, don’t need rins­ing out! One less job to do...

Treat your nee­dles to some­thing fab­u­lous by vow­ing to learn a new stitch ev­ery month. Not only will your knit­ting im­prove, you’ll dis­cover stitches you’ll use for years to come.

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