My Favorite Items

I have been asked several times what is my favorite crafting item, what can I not live without? My first response is yarn of course, but obviously, that is not the answer people are looking for. Is there a MUST HAVE, a “I can NOT┬álive without this” product? Yes! It is the Knit Picks circular needle set.

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I was taught to knit on wooden needles. I love that they are not too slick and the yarn does not just slip off. They do not feel cold in my hands, I feel like with metal I have to work very hard to knit or purl. I like the sound of the click-clack of metal needles, but not when my hands are making that noise. With the wooden Knit Picks set, it is smooth and fluid movements. I do not have to try hard to knit or purl.

The Knit Picks Set gives you the versatility to knit worsted weight yarn or fingering yarn. I find that fingering yarn is so smooth and soft that I loose my stitches easily. The wooden set seems to have a slight texture or finish to hold your stitches in place. They are gorgeous, you can see the wood grain and it is enhanced by the finish that is on them. It comes with a wonderful case to hold your cables and needles. This helps me keep my needles away from my cats, who love the needles also. They think they are chew toys and I have lost several needles to their chewing habits.

Knit Picks also has a Harmony Wood Double Pointed needle set. I am currently drooling over this item. I use the magic loop method for knitting small items in the round. I am thinking it may be time for me to take the leap into using double pointed needles just so I have a great excuse to buy these beauties.

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My favorite book is Crochet for Dummies. I was taught the basics by my mother and grandmother. They did not teach me how to read a pattern. I used this 1st edition book when I wanted to learn more about the crochet and the range of stitches that I can do. There are a lot of great information and interesting facts. I recommend this book to anyone who knows the basics but wants to expand their stitch knowledge. This book shows you how to read and pattern, how to check for gauge and has some interesting facts about crochet. This would be the first book I recommend any crocheter to own. Since using it over 13 years ago, they have made a Second Edition, I didn’t know how they could have made this book better!

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I have another favorite accessory I use that a lot of people know about. Though I say, it is my secret to keeping my hand nimble, and it also helps with my carpal tunnel. I use the Fingerless Isotoner Gloves, I fit in a large. They keep my fingers from swelling when typing and crocheting. The slight compression also helps with pain that I have in my wrists. I spend about 80% of my day either typing or crocheting, this is a great product that helps my hands feel good. I also sleep with them on!!!

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These are just some of the things that I use regularly and love dearly!

What is your favorite MUST HAVE item?

         

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Kendra Sagash

Kendra has been crocheting for over 20 years. She became obsessed and enthused with crochet when she realized it was a great way to interact with people. She enjoys sharing her love of crafts with her two beautiful daughters. Kendra also paints in her free time.

Kendra joined Mary Maxim in 2013. She is the crochet instructor at the Mary Maxim retail store in Port Huron. She assists customers with our pattern support team and is the Social Media Assistant.

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  • I was always pretty proficient at crocheting because I was taught by my mom when I was quite young, but she could only teach me pretty basic knitting. I always loved the way knitting looked, but felt it was too complicated. The “Knitting for Dummies” book helped me greatly along with the “knittinghelp.com” website. Their videos are great. Knitting has become my latest passion! I just LOVE it!

  • I agree with you regarding Knit Picks needles. I have had/used them for several years and always enjoy knitting with them!

  • I have ALL of the above. I used my isotomer gloves so much that they are coming apart–need to get a new pair. I recommend the Crochet for Dummies to everyone I know who crochets. I use these dons all the time especially when I’m knitting socks.

  • I love knit pick harmony needles. They are my go to needles for almost anything and everything I know. However, I so wish their join was smoother.

  • I agree about wood needles but inherited a set….I love my Knit Picks yarn winder SOOOO much as people often give me partially-used yarn that they are done with, and I can make them into “cakes” that stack so well and can be used without turning into knots, etc.

  • I totally agree Knit Picks is the only place to go for knitting needles. Super wonderful company to work with. I have lots and lots of their needles. My favorite is the rosewood Cubics. Anyone with hand or muscle or arthritis or fibromyalgia issues should be using these.

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