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My Favorite Knitting Tools

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I’ve been knitting professionally {almost daily} since 2012 and I’ve used lots of different brands so I’ve created a list of my favorite tools!


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Knitting needles:
HiyaHiya cable knitting needles. period. {I think I have them all. Large. Small. Sock.} I always knit with cable needles. It’s so much easier on my hands.

My Favorite Knitting Needles



Cable needles:

Nirvana ebony cable needles. I love that these are straight with ridges to help keep the yarn from slipping. I’ve used one’s that are J shaped or have a U in them, I find both of the styles to be a bit awkward to hold. Making a cable is a little awkward to do all on it’s own, so the right tool makes all the difference.


Scissors:

I use Nirvana Craft Scissors, they’re small and fit perfectly in my HiyaHiya needle cases. I keep a pair of scissors with each of my projects. It just one of those things that never fails, I can’t find a pair of scissors when I’m looking for them, lo and behold… we have at least a dozen pairs of scissors and it saves me time, so I’m okay with that. I have at least 1 pair of scissors in every room in the house, 2 in the kitchen, one pair is stainless steel to open meat packages so I can run it through the dishwasher. Sanitary vs sharp… I’m okay with that too. ;)


Stitch Markers
Stitch Markers:

I usually use rubber band hair ties, which work great when I need a lot of markers, and I don’t care if they slip off and I loose them to the couch monster… but sometimes I want to use fancy stitch markers, so I pull out my Swarovski stitch markers.


Project Bag:

My bag is unorthodox… I use my Adidas Sack Pack. Seriously y’all, I LOVE this thing! I’ve been using the same one for the last 4 years and it’s just now starting to show some wear. I put my money and cards in the center outside pocket my phone in one of the mesh pockets, a drink in the other pocket, my knitting in the big pocket and I’m good to go!


Nirvana Yarn Swift

Swift & Winder:

I have a Nirvana Yarn Swift. This is one of the more resent additions to my knitting repertoire. I’ve been winding my yarn into balls by hand for years and it works great, but I decided to splurge and get this yarn swift and I love it! It’s so fancy, it makes me feel good every time I use it ;) and it’s so pretty just sitting there when it’s not in use.

I have a Nirvana Winder for small cakes and I’m not very happy with it, so I’m on the hunt for a better one :)


Vintage Yarn Bowl

Yarn Bowl:

I have a pretty hand-thrown clay yarn bowl, but… I like using a clear glass container, so I can see how much yarn I have left.

I know, weird, right?!

I have a couple of different jars that I like.

One is a vintage glass battery jar {you can find these on ebay, antique store or at an auction}, it’s just big enough to hold a skein of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick {LBT&Q} yarn. {The one on the left.}

The other thing I like to use is a flower vase, the one I have is 10″ tall x 5 1/2″ in diameter and came with tulip bulbs in the bottom held by a plastic piece to keep them from rotting on the bottom. It’s not big enough for LBT&Q, but it works perfectly for yarn cakes. {The one on the right.}


Blocking tools:
I use Knitter’s Pride Blockers & Pins and Knitter’s Pride Lace Blocking Wires.

I went without these for years too, ugh, have I mentioned yet how wonderful it feels to have the right tools to do the job?! If you’re a knitter and need to block, get these, it will make the job so much easier… improving the quality of your life. I no longer dread blocking! Wahoo!


My favorite yarn

Yarn:

I LOVE lots of yarn, but these are a few of my favorites:
Cotton: Tide Pools Hand-dyed, Speckled Cotton Yarn from BirdiesKnits on Etsy
Hand-dyed faded yarn: Lenora from Amy at NobleCharacterCrafts
Merino Wool: Morehouse Farm
Super Bulky, for quick projects: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick


Movie & Book:

My favorite is Harry Potter, all of them, back to back ;) That is a perfect weekend! {My favorite HP movie is The Half-Blood Prince and my favorite book is The Goblet of Fire, which is my least favorite movie, ironical.}


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What are your favorite tools to use?