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Tools of the Thread: Part 1

October 19, 2014 No Comments by Heidi

We’re still adjusting this week to the clock change. Toddler is slowly moving away from the 5am wake up and coming closer towards 6ish. So we’ve been taking things easy, drinking lots of coffee and trying to find our routine again while enjoying the last bits of the sunshine with guests.

I unpacked and organized most of my sewing stuff and all that is left to work on are miscellaneous crafting tools. This included sorting out my travel sewing kit and a couple little boxes that store my crochet and knit notions as well as one that stores my embroidery stuff (new craft).

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Here’s what’s inside the green sparkly one:

  • Scissors
  • Pen, Pencil or mini highlighter: (the ones from Ikea, or Argos fit best.
  • Yarn needles: There is a curved bottom to help get under the threads of a stitch and make weaving in ends so much faster and it keeps you from splitting the yarn.
  • Large eye needle for repairs.
  • Different sized stitch markers.

Stitch markers are handy when making garments. You can mark where increases happen or when working in the round, the start of the round. This comes in handy if you need to rip back or want to know where in the pattern you stopped. I like using a locking stitch marker when putting down my project. It ensures little fingers or any other mishaps have a harder time unraveling the previous stitches.

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I picked up the locking and small looped ones over at Purple Linda Crafts because I didn’t have a LYS (local yarn shop) at the time. Purple Linda also does a great range of aluminium crochet hooks but that’s for another day. The lovely yellow paper clip looking ones came from Purl Bee in NYC but I find they don’t play well with crochet stitches. Instead, I started using these with my knitting because they rest nicely on the needles, tragedy averted. Of course you can always use scraps of yarn or even safety pins (so long as you don’t split the yarn) if you don’t have stitch markers to hand.

By the way, Purl Bee is a lovely shop. If you’ve never been and find yourself in SOHO, GO. You will not be disappointed by the variety of crafty goodness in beautiful surroundings. They also have a bench for you to hang out on and flick through magazines while you wait for your yarn to be wound.

I’ll go through hooks and knitting needles next week cause I find reviews of stuff helpful so figure other might too. If you’d like a look at some other tools, I did up a Pinterest Fibre Tools board when we were up a the crack of dawn the other day.

P.S. I see lots of blogs with disclaimers so figure just cover it here. I don’t receive any ad revenue or more realistically yarn or tools (cause that’s what I’d mostly spend my money on) from any company or shop I mention here. I just like them pure & simple.

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