Knitting Resource List: My Top 3 Knitting Resources of 2018 (+ Many More)
I’ve collected my best and most beloved knitting resources of 2018 in one spot. Enjoy!
I love peeking into the studio of other makers and shakers. I find it both comforting (Eek, yarn hoarding, I’m not alone!) and energizing (Whoa, what a nifty idea!). I’ve also benefited so much from others who have shared their tips, tools, and resources; so, it’s time for me to pass it forward.
Take what you like, try it out, and get to making.
(P.S. This post is not sponsored and there are no affiliate links. All opinions are my own.)
Addi Click Interchangeable Needles I was so torn about whether or not to buy these needles. At the time I was considering this purchase, the cost for a new set of these needles was definitely not in my budget. But after years of knitting, I was ready to tackle a wider range of projects. Each requiring multiple needle sizes.
I researched, read reviews, and decided to take a leap of faith and buy the set. Five years later, these needles are still my go-to needle set. The only thing I sometimes wonder is whether or not I should have purchased the long lace interchangeable set instead. I really have grown to love pointy tips.
If you’re new to knitting, I would recommend waiting to purchase this set until you have a pretty good idea of the type (bamboo, wood, nickel, aluminum, resin) of knitting needle you prefer. I’ve always found myself drawn to the metals, but there are some knitters who swear by other materials. So, if you haven’t developed a needle preference you can wait to buy single sets of needles and find out which type of needle fits your style.
Another consideration would be the type of knitting techniques that you gravitate towards. I personally love magic loop. When I first discovered knitting with one circular needle and very long extension, it felt like a lightening bolt in my brain. Of course, I thought. How clever. I’ve grown to love and primarily use circular needles and even use them as a replacement for straight knitting needles for projects that are simply being knit back-and-forth.
In short, the Addi Interchangeable needles continue to be a great purchase 5 years later.
Knit Picks Yarn Ball Winder I use this ball winder way more than I thought. For so long I had resisted. I’m not so lazy that I can’t wind my own yarn, sheesh. But then I saw this video, and my mind was blown. Look how quickly you can unravel sweaters and reclaim your sumptuous yarn!
Luckily, yarn winders are relatively inexpensive. I bought this knit picks yarn ball winder about two years ago.
The set-up is easy. My only concern is that pretty quickly after the first use the ball winder developed a bit of a squeak when winding. Other than that, it still works fine. At some point I may plan on upgrading - do you see this wood one? - but for now, my current one works.
Indie Dyed Yarn Okay, this isn’t extremely specific, but I need to acknowledge that this is the year that I really fell for indie dyed yarn. I’ve resisted repeatedly answering the call of my Local Yarn Store up to this year, fearing that I would go into serious yarn addiction mode if I allowed myself to indulge in too many yarn fantasies. I also wanted to try to make some dents in my current yarn stash, thereby, avoiding becoming a hoarder.
I was partly successful in my attempts. A yarn ban was put in place, and save for a few birthday, holiday, and gift purchases I avoided falling too deeply in the yarn debt hole.
Here are two of my favorite finds:
Malabrigo | I really love the colors of Malabrigo yarn. Each skein is so unique and when purchased in sock yarn weight, each skein goes a long way. I’ve only tried their single ply yarn, and I have found it a bit prone to fuzz after medium wear. That being said, I can’t go far without being complemented anytime I am wearing something knit from their yarn. Each skein knits up so beautifully.
Madeline Tosh | Another “M” brand! I was introduced to this brand via the Grocery Girls Vlogcast (if you love yarn chats, check them out). Upon browsing the Tosh website, I found the perfect gray. And I am a sucker for gray. It’s such a beautiful, classic and understated color. Pure bliss. I have four skeins (I know, right?!) dutifully waiting to be knit. Three are singles and one is two ply sock yarn. All have gray and pops of teal and purple and luscious pink. I will report back in 2019 about wear over time.
Lace / Sock Weight Yarn I must admit that at times I can be a conflicted knitter. I’m just not sold that chunky knits are my favorite to wear. But I am a sucker for styling and chunky yarn is definitely a staple of the hobby knit industry. It knits up so fast!
To put my conflicted self at ease, I’ve started buying more lace and sock weight yarn. My stash already has its fill of worsted so I am good in that department!
Non-traditional counter | I first ran into the problem of the two-spot counter when I was designing a very long scarf, with many, may rows. I also really didn’t like the process of turning the counter, as sometimes the numbers (unbeknownst to me) didn’t quit turn all the way. As I was pondering over the day’s knitting (as one is wont to do) it came to me. CLICK! CLICK! CLICK! That is the sound of the counter used at events to clock the amount of attendees. And it has four number digit spots.
There are some potential disadvantages:
It is not quiet. So, if you knit at the movies on items that need a clicker, this is not for you.
If you need to go back a row, your counter cannot roll back by one digit.
If you travel frequently, and you are a bag jostler, the top click button could accidentally get clicked. This has never happened to me, and I travel regularly with my knitting (but I could see it being and issue for some).
TSA approved, foldable, travel scissors | I love traveling with these scissors, and have never had an issue. I now have peace of mind that I can cut yarn effectively and easily. And best of all, I just keep then folded and in my travel knitting bag. I’ve only tested this domestically in the US, but I may have an international trip planned for next year so I will be sure to report back how these travel scissors faired.
Clover stitch markers | I’ve been using these stick markers for a while, and I still like them. They aren’t as artsy as some, but they are smooth, easy to remove, and come in two different colors per bag.
Erasable Pens | I really enjoy marking up my knitting patterns. There are times when I absolutely must mark every completed knit row. And I abhor pencil smudges. Enter erasable pens. They don’t smudge and if I want to erase a mark I made - voilà! Magic!
I’ve linked to my favorite erasable pen so far.