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Sep 9, 2019 08:18:07   #
I have done this several times. It is exactly the same as Kitchener's stitch. I think this is especially handy if your grafting needle easily splits the yarn. The only thing one need to remember is to push in the knitting needle from the opposite direction so the yarn still goes in the same direction as if you used a grafting needle.
Sep 4, 2019 00:55:32   #
Jessica-Jean wrote:
I thought that ALL kinds of honey eventually crystallize. I don't use honey frequently, so one small jar lasts me ages - as in years.
This bunch was only bought because our son wanted honey from specific flowers, and the prices here are atrocious, compared to there. Once we got the glass jars home intact (a real feat of packing the suitcases, considering how ungently they're handled by the airlines), said son decided that the honeys were too likely to have foreign particles in them, and we've been trying to use them up ever since. If there be and "foreign particles" in and of the jars of honey, they've not made us ill. (Children!! He was in his 30s then.)
I thought that ALL kinds of honey eventually cryst... (show quote)

When you stir it daily for some time after the harvest, the honey will become uniform and a bit thicker and it will lose the translucence. Still it will never get rock hard, so it is still possible to pour it and take it with spoon. Like that it will stay. A stirred honey will keep all its good properties as it will never have to be heated up. My parents have some honey that is very, very old and it has not crystallized to a hard mess and it is still possible to pour from those buckets.
Sep 3, 2019 07:54:17   #
Jessica-Jean wrote:
though some crystallisation has occurred. Heating takes care of that.

They were in too hurry to sell the honey. The bee farmers are stirring the honey daily in order to prevent crystallization. Those that do not have patience with this sell their honey half stirred and that honey will crystallize. Once it is stirred enough it will no longer crystallize.
Sep 3, 2019 07:07:18   #
Jessica-Jean wrote:
I can't speak about jojoba oil or shea butter, but bees' wax doesn't 'keep' indefinitely. On one of our trips to Syria, my husband bought me a lip balm from a store which sells nothing but honey and bees' wax products. The store owner said it was pure bees' wax, but before a season was out, it had gone rancid. Still effective as a lip balm, but too stinky to use. Disappointing.

Coming from a bee farmer family I can tell you that it is not true. They cheated you in that store. I have both decades old bees wax and new bees wax and I can not see any real difference. The old one is slightly drier, but definitely not rancid. Also, you would never be able to make a 100% bees wax lip balm. Bees wax is harder than stearin candles (it is easier to take a candle and coat the under side of your skis than bees wax, unless you slightly warm them). Because bees wax is so hard people mix in some other fats/waxes to make it softer. I bet they melted in grape seed oil or even sun flower oil to make it softer. Especially grape seed oil will go fast rancid.

Of Bees wax, jojoba oil and shea butter, shea butter is the first one to get bad. Jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax too.
Sep 3, 2019 03:40:25   #
I only use yarn with very high wool content. I like best metal because they give the glide I want for faster knitting.
Sep 3, 2019 03:17:16   #
For me this happened once, after I had been handling and eating extremely hot habanero peppers. I had to stop knitting that day because the yarn friction really felt bad. In my case the hot peppers had caused a skin condition not suitable for yarn. Probably you do not handle hot peppers but could there be anything else causing you to have a skin condition making you sensitive to the yarn friction?

Before knitting became my hobby, I was into soap making because I have a very sensitive skin. Hand "soaps" (most store bought soaps are actually not soaps but other detergents) and shampoo caused my skin to break and bleed. As I did not knit at that time I do not know if this problem with normal detergents is also causing a burning sensation. Regardless, I recommend you to throw away all normal "soaps" and lotions. Instead make sure to buy 100% olive oil soap. Yes, this soap is very slimy and got a bit less lather, but your hands will thank you. Instead of hand lotion, wet your hands and then rub them with some fats. We often make our own "lotion" by melting something like bees was, shea butter and jojoba oil together. The jojoba oil is there to make it softer as both shea butter and bees wax are hard.
Sep 3, 2019 00:45:45   #
I learned knitting by watching youtube videos. As most knitting videos are English, I learned first the English throwing style, but it never felt right for me and I was slow. My very first project was a pair of socks and already during the first sock I switched to Continental style.

A couple of socks later I also switched Continental Combined style. Combined knitting allows me to knit alternating knit and purls almost the same fast as plain stockinette.
Sep 2, 2019 01:04:31   #
Now, when we talk about feet, there is one thing I wish everyone would do: When you make some pictures of socks, try to have the foot at 90°, as when you stand on the floor. Then it is visible how well this sock is working on the instep side. When looking for new ideas for socks I am always interested to know if there are some unwanted folds on the instep side when standing. Sadly most sock designs seems to have these unwanted folds because the instep side is too long.
Aug 23, 2019 02:27:50   #
I also prefer five needles (four holding stitches and one for knitting). For me it is the most comfortable setup.
Aug 22, 2019 11:50:51   #
ilv2crochet wrote:
Sorry, I better keep my mouth shut.

Now when later looking at what I wrote I should also have kept my mouth shut. Yes, I still hate everything that has to do with fashion, but I realized I said it in a quite harsh way. Sorry if anyone felt hurt.
Aug 22, 2019 11:47:09   #
If you do not want any holes, just knit the row with YO, without adding any stitches (skipping to do the YO). On the next row you pick up the bar between the stitches where the YO would have been on the previous row, twist it and knit into it. YO is basically a longer bar between stitches, already picked up on the needle. By picking up the bar on the next row, you get less of a hole and by also twisting it you further decrease the hole.

So simply said, do what most call a M1L or M1R on the second row rather than YO on the first row.
Aug 22, 2019 03:38:09   #
You might reduce a bit of itchiness by washing it a few times. I have noticed this with my wool socks. The more washes they have gone through, the less they itch.
Aug 22, 2019 00:55:53   #
I might sound grumpy but I think the article is stupid. Why? Because it gives rules about how you cloth your own foot. I hate _everything_ with fashion. I think everyone should cloth themselves in the way they find best themselves instead of following some fashion rules.

Just look at the stupid fashion we had last year: to have bare ankles. A lot of girls were destroying there ankles last winter because they wanted to follow a stupid fashion rule. We had temperatures between -20C to -30C (-68F to -86F) and they did not want to cover their ankles because of this stupid fashion.
Aug 22, 2019 00:35:36   #
jbachman wrote:
Thank you for the book reference. I went to get info to see if the local library would have it. So sorry to say after reading the synopsis, I think I will pass. Good luck with the mittens.

Neither is it a book I would prefer to read. It is just a historical book every Finn learn about in the school because it is considered to be among the first books ever written in Finnish.
Aug 21, 2019 01:35:46   #
If you wonder, 7 brothers is a reference to on of the first novels to be written in Finnish: Seven Brothers (the Finnish title is "Seitsemän veljestä"). Because of this everything looks a bit like old times in the video. For more information about the novel:
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