Tips/hints/tools/websites

Protect your fingers from sensitivity.
Rubber fingers and if necessary cut a slit in the top for your fingernail..
Thimblettes
Liquid skin or new skin bandages
Cutting tools other than scissors
Thread cutter (round disc with various openings for different threads/yarns)
Finger Nail Cutter
Used Dental floss container
Hand Relief
Use a therapeutic glove. (There are two types, The ones with fingers will also help arthritic fingers ).
Cable holder
Use a U cable hook. Holds the cable stitch and it hangs very nicely to the project.
Use a paper clip.
Dropped stitches
Crochet hooks
Yarn Wraps
Use footies from store after trying on shoes, (old nylons, panty hose, knee highs)
Use a nylon scrubby, cut the securing thread and you will have yards of nylon tube you can cut to any size and wrap your yarn balls,
Storage containers for knitting supplies/Organization
Clear Pencil box from department stores (Fred Meyer, Walmart, etc)
Small plastic compartment containers from Dollar Tree
The Knit Kit
Coleman’s dry mustard tin
Take a photo of your project , date it and clip it to your pattern or put it in the page protector sheet.
Put patterns in a page protector sheet and file in a notebook or file folder by project.
Weekly planner – available from JoAnn.
Sort needles and put them in soft pencil holder bags marked with the needle sizes and store them in a tote bag.
Websites
Cheapest price for any particular knitting book or other books https://www.cheapestbookprice.com/
Crazy, fun and free patterns. https://www.instructables.com/
Books
Cast on/Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor
The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe
Help aids
Have Staff (Sit with someone who is very knowledgeable)
Needle Threading
Cut a piece of paper approximately 1.5 inches by the width of the eye of your needle. Fold the paper in half, insert the yarn in the paper near the fold and pull the paper through the eye of the needle.
Fold yarn in half over the needle. Pull the needle up holding the yarn tightly, pull the needle out, keeping the yarn pinched between your fingers and slide the eye of the needled through your pinched fingers and pull up the yarn,
Use pieces of jar opener to grip the needle. (Dollar store item)
Quick hand warmers
Use old sock tops. Cut the top off for the length you would like for hand warmer. Crochet or knit a top edge and add a thumb hole.
Counting your stitches
Copy your pattern onto index cards. Punch a hole in top left hand corner, put the index cards on a book ring. Turn the cards row by row. Mark the card you are on.
Small notebook with a pen/pencil
Use bread wrapper tabs as makers
Wrap per inch tool
Use this tool to know how much yarn per inch you need on your project.
Strickspiel Needles
Use these needles instead of doublepoints.
Yarn Bowls
Use cherry tomato containers for yarn bowls
Wooden Yarn bowls by Ken Howald (Turner Turnings)
Historical patterns
http://www.gutenberg.org
Free Patterns
http://www.ravelry.com – Ravelry deisgners have several free patterns in February.
Keep your project clean
Use a piece of masking tape to pull hair – human and pet hair off your project.
Miscellaneous
Use jell pens to mark yarn or project pieces. Be sure they are not permanent. White jell pens for dark fibers.
Have a cup of coffee/tea or wine and a bar of chocolate.
Keychain with needle and directions for kitchener stitch
I-Pad with Adobe.
Yarn winder and hand made swifter.
Portuguese pin for yarn tension when Portuguese knitting technique.

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