Monthly Archives: October 2011

#knitchat 10/27/11 – Knitting on a Budget

Piggy Bank Knitting

Today we’re talking about knitting on a budget. Many of us are struggling to keep our households together and many are doing so on a shoestring. This discussion we’ll devote to sharing suggestions and tips for those who have make the most of their knitting 🙂


Questions for #knitchat are here:

Q1) What is your favorite strategy for knitting on a budget? Any incentives you give yourself?

Q2) Have you recycled yarn from other projects or store-bought sweaters? Lessons learned? Tips?

Q3) Any ideas or suggestions for buying yarn on a budget? Places you go?


DETAILS… DETAILS… If you want to know more about what #knitchat is and how it works

  • Where: Twitter (follow the #knitchat hashtag)
  • When: Thursdays on the date listed above at 6:30 PM PST/9:30 PM EST (1 hour)
  • Who: Me you and other Twitter Knitters/Crocheters & Fiber-crafters
  • How: Need a primer on Twitter Chat… check this out: What does this Twitter chat thing look like?
  • How: to post photos – 5 ways to share photos on Twitter
  • How: to shorten your links. Simply paste your link into the field in and shorten it. Copy and paste this link into the twitter feed.


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Holiday Cowl Workshop – Free Class Offer

Natalie wearing a cowl

Quick cowls make great holiday gifts

Need to make Holiday gifts and fast?

Or are you knitting for your several members of your family? Here’s a lovely Christmas gift that is both simple but stylish and elegant, but best of all this project is FAST! Natalie Laderas will teach this Saturday class at 10:30 on November 12 and a 2nd class on December 3. This special offer class is offered at a fee of $15 which includes the pattern. If you purchase your yarn and supplies at the Naked Sheep Knit Shop (North Portland, 2142 N. Killingsworth, 503-283-2004) the class is free! Skills featured in this class are using provisional cast on & kitchner stitch.

Sign up soon as class space is limited.

Materials needed

Version 1:

  • 2 skeins Paloma any color (150 yds any extra bulky or polar weight yarn)
  • 1 size 15 US circular needles 16” or size 15 US straight needles

Version 2:

  • 2 skeins Di’Ve Autunno any color (180 yards bulky weight yarn)
  • 1 size 11 US circular needles 16” or size 15 US straight needles

All projects require:

  • Waste yarn
  • Large darning needle
  • Cable needle (DPN in the appropriate size will work too)

I will bring crochet hooks for those who do not have them.

Pre-requisite skills

You must be able to cast on, knit and purl. You must also be able to make a crochet chain.

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