Welcome to Project Knitway or should I say Project Renottaway? It's my cyberspace place to post my favorite things...thoughts about family and creativity and design. One of my favorite things is making stuff, specifically clothing and accessories from fiber and metal. So you'll see a lot about that here. I also love spending time with my family, so there will be a bit about that too. When I'm not with my family or in my studio, I am most likely at nextdoor, my store. I have always had a store ever since I was a young woman. I started with a weaving store called the niddy noddy in Waukesha eons ago. I ended with nextdoor in Brookfield. It's my dream store filled with great clothing, especially denim. Really nice women work and shop there, it's a fun place to be. You can find us there every day and online at www.shopatnextdoor.com So come for a visit here and there.

Monday, December 20, 2010

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden or Scarves Don't Grow on Trees

I warned you that you'll be seeing alot of scarves in the weeks ahead while I knit for the Hebron House Shelters. But I also want to continue with the project blog and keep you interested, so here's today's tip. There are times that I want a very flat, almost invisible seam like on a cuff or a pocket. I figured out that with wool or textured yarns the felting technique comes in handy. I loosely sew the seam together then needle felt it flat and firm. Works like a charm. You can use a simple hand felting tool and piece of foam like I showed in the previous blog, however I prefer to use my needle felting machine by Janome. Did I mention I like equipment? Yes, some women buy Prada and I buy equipment. I look at it this way, this machine only cost about 50 cups of coffee. It makes needle felting a breeze. I use it alot and will be blogging about it in the days ahead. So stay warm and stick to your knitting.