Do Yourself A Favor

Do Yourself A Favor

Are you someone that works with yarn a lot? Or do you want a gift for your friend who knits or crochets? Do yourself a favor and get one of these.

For Many Reasons – Do Yourself (or your friend) A Favor!

I don’t do needle felting, per se. At least I don’t make cute little felted-wool amigurumi. Nor do I make nice hand-made soaps surrounded by felted wool.

But I do often have the need to join the ends of two yarns. Or make a fix to knitted fabric that darning won’t help with. A couple years ago, I did a workshop on fixing knitting mistakes and gave the participants a mini-kit of felting needles as part of their repair kit. Having given away all of the materials, I needed some for myself. So I purchased another one as a gift for myself.

My three best reasons to own needle-felting equipment:

  1. For joining yarns – https://youtu.be/h-6MysMj4ZU?si=6ciYKjx5WZuseddd
  2. For fixing small mistakes or holes in knitted fabric – https://youtu.be/7vBODmr_TZE?si=Om22XT6pjlf4n7Yu
  3. Securing the edge of a steek before (or after) cutting your knitting – https://youtu.be/eBPhChsoNJ4?si=so0N_hqfFK-khbWe

For under US$20, you get an enormous number of felting needles and handles for one or multiple needles in the kit.

Plus, the kit comes in a neat, compact case to hold all the tools. Seems like a must-have for anyone that enjoys playing with yarn. No?

Current Knitting

Still working (slowly) on the two projects from Monday’s blog entry.

The first one will be a gift for a friend who really like a keyhole scarf I made for her. She mentioned she had lost it. The second is a Franken-scarf. I have a boatload of leftover fingering/sock yarns from my craft show items.

Garter Stripe Scarf Scraps 12-06-23 01

So I picked a few and will do a random combination of garter stripes in this scarf. We’ll see how it goes.

3 comments on “Do Yourself A Favor

  1. OK, mind blown by the video on repairing holes! I did know about using needle felting to secure the edges of a steek. (This may be the only way I ever get brave enough to attempt a steek!) I don’t quite understand why you would use a needle felted join instead of spit splicing, though. Anything I am missing there? Thanks for sharing this!

    1. re: felted joins vs. spit splicing, you’re correct…not much difference. Two reasons I can think of where a felted join might be better. Selling knitted garments, if I ever had to describe how I joined ends, I’d prefer not to tell a customer I spit on their yarn. But the other reason would be if I was doing a LOT of joins. Such as connecting a bunch of different yarns for a “magic ball”. Or fixing a ball of yarn that was attacked by moths.

      Since you still might need a third reason, I will sometimes do a very small spot of felting at the end of a woven-in yarn-end to make sure it doesn’t unravel.

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