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What I Learned From Starting a Yarn Dyeing Business

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What I Learned From Starting a Yarn Dyeing Business

What a ride this has been! I launched my online yarn shop via Etsy in February of this year. Instead of investing a lot of money up front, I decided to grow slowly and organically while I finished my degree and moved on to a corporate day job. I had no prior experience to running my own business, and I've learned sooooo much since the launch. It's gone better than expected, and I'm incredibly excited for things to come! Now I'm going to share a few of my mistakes and a few of my successes. The Mistakes I shouldn't have...

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Knitting Lingo Everyone Should Know - Part 3

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Knitting Lingo Everyone Should Know - Part 3

This is PART 3 of a blog series on all the words and phrases unique to knitting. In Knitting Lingo Everyone Should Know - Part 1, I focused strictly on materials used in knitting. There are probably more than you'd think! Knitting Lingo Everyone Should Know - Part 2 of the series dives into different techniques and types of construction, and I'll continue that list here in Part 3. If there's anything I missed or something you'd like to expand on, comment on the post below. I did my best to define these, I hope you learn something. I definitely...

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13 Knitting FAILS

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13 Knitting FAILS

I decided to take a break from the more helpful posts to deliver you an entertaining BuzzFeed-inspired one! Are you guys ready for this one-way trip down memory lane? 1. Getting so wrapped up in your TV show that you over-knit by 30 rows   2. Turning a 2ply yarn into a 3ply yarn (2ply wool + 1ply of your dog's fur that keeps finding its way into your project)   3. Running out of yarn during a long-tail cast on, forcing you to start over.   4. Owning every knitting needle size and length variation except the one you...

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7 Steps to Design a Knitting Pattern

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7 Steps to Design a Knitting Pattern

I'm still pretty new to designing - I've pumped out a few but haven't yet reached a year old. That being said, who better to help you figure out the process than someone who's been studying it intensely to figure it out herself? Comment if anything helps you, if anything contradicts with your strategies/research, and if you'd like me to expand on any of it! I for-see myself continuing to blog about all the helpful things well into the future, so I'd love to target the stuff you want most. 1. Start with your dream design I don't recommend starting...

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Knitting Lingo Everyone Should Know - Part 2

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Knitting Lingo Everyone Should Know - Part 2

I’ve already defined some terms and phrases in Knitting Lingo Everyone Should Know - Part 1, so here is the second post in the series! Keep a look out for the third post, Knitting Lingo Everyone Should Know - Part 3. To reiterate, if there are any terms you’d like to provide an alternate definition to or add on to, comment below because I would love to see those!  Knitting in the round - knitting on circular needles so you don’t need to turn at the end of a row, making stockinette stitch easier to achieve (no purling).  Sock knitting...

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