Sharon Knits and Katie Crochets, and they get dork-level excited about their yarn related hobbies. Like REALLY excited! Join in and listen today as The Gals celebrate the arrival of fall and the beginning of their beloved “knitting and crochet season”! We do realize that it can be difficult to explain such visual subject matter on an audio podcast but Sharon and Katie do a great, if not obnoxious job at explaining the basics of knitting and crocheting.
To make up for the limitations of listening to a podcast about things you need to see, we found some awesome videos for you and we think they will help you figure out this turning yarn into awesome shit business. Rather than post a bazillion videos we tried our best to find a one good beginner video for each.
This video for knitting is a little long but if you can stop staring at the woman’s crazy fingernails, you will get a lot of great beginning instruction for knitting. You will even learn how to make a dish cloth!
Blerg… we have noticed a disturbing trend in fingernail length and manicures in knitting and crochet videos. If Katie had more time she would just make you some videos with her cool sparkly nails that are not long enough to gore people with. But anyway… this is the best and most thorough crochet video that we found. This lady goes a little quickly sometimes so you may need to pause and go back a few times to get it down but this video will teach you the four basic stitches that you need to get started
Now, there were crochet and knit abbreviation charts promised to you but before you click these links, we want to say a couple of things. First and foremost, DON’T FREAK OUT! These are way less overwhelming than they look. You will not see all of these in use on a single pattern (not one for a project we would do anyway)! Almost all patterns have a key that tells you which abbreviations are used so you don’t really need to worry about a full list like this in most cases. These are just good to have around when you see an abbreviation that you are not familiar with! Anyway, here you are, a link for knitting abbreviations http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/knit.html and one for crochet http://crochetncrafts.com/crochet-abbreviation-chart/.
So, Katie also promised some photos of the hats she most recently crocheted. She made one for Sharon for her birthday and then decided she had to have a purple sparkly one for herself. Check them out! They are pretty effing cool!
Doh! We almost forgot our favorite crochet and knitting tip ever! These things!
Never throw away a bread bag tie clip thingy! In knitting and crochet you are often required to leave a long tail on your work (this helps when weaving ends or when you have to stitch pieces together). Well on occasion that tail gets in the way and then you do dumb things like accidentally knit or crochet the tail into your work instead of your working yard. This will bring about terrible fits and tantrums… maybe even tears! To prevent such unflattering reactions, we do this!
Yep! Use those little bread bag clippy jobbers to wrap the tail of your yarn around and keep it out of your way while you are working! You are very welcome! No, no… you don’t have to kiss us… really! Your eternal gratitude is quite enough.
If you have any questions or comments about this episode, or you want to tell us how fucking brilliant we are for giving you our bread bag clippy jobber tip, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The gals will be back next week to help us sort out the confusion we all feel in the paintbrush isle at the art supply. So until then, make some cool shit, yo!