Hexed Medallion $5.00
Scrabble Rules!!! Pattern in Crochet, in knitting worsted or sport yarn; alphabet cubes at each intersection of 225 Scrabble board squares. Worsted weight afghan can be used as bedspread. Thumbnail photo on bed shows Scrabble Delight! on a queen size mattress almost meeting the dust ruffle.
Scrabble Rules! $5.00
The “Best Darn Yarn Tender”©
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A “Tender” is able to keep a newly opened skein of yarn intact as you knit or crochet from the first pull to the last. The first thing I do when I open a skein of yarn is put it in a “Tender”. I have often been knitting and in the middle of pulling up more yarn from my knitting bag on the floor, I realized that there was no yarn left in the “tender” when my hand comes up empty … because it was that GOOD in keeping the yarn from tangling up to the very end of the skein.
The key to keeping the yarn in good physical shape and prevent tangles during the entire knitting process is: The moment you grab new yarn to use, PUT IT IN THE TENDER while it is still in its best condition (not depleted). AND, before inserting the yarn, remember to find the last wrap end of the yarn and be sure it is wrapped around the outside of the skein, away from the both skein ends.
The photo above shows various configurations for the Tenders, depending upon skein conditions. Photo #5 is a skein after finding the end and then beginning the ball winding, photos #3 & #4 are skeins with the wound balls inserted in the tender with the remainder of the intact skein – how-tos explained below.
NEW SKEIN ISSUES: The “Tender” is also invaluable when you have opened a new skein of yarn but the center pull end is nowhere in sight (or there is an initial manufacturing tangled clump beginning at the live end) … you can: pull the clump from the middle (using your fingers as pincers), then find the beginning within it, then insert the skein as well as the pulled clump into the “Tender”. If there is not enough length to the tender to do this, simply ‘gang’ on another tender to the existing tender and begin knitting.
KNITTING FOR A WHILE AND THE LIVE YARN SEEMS TO BE STUCK IN THE SKEIN:
insert your pincer fingers and pull out as small a clump as possible just where you feel the yarn is stuck. Try to keep the clump intact, gently remove the tangle. Then you can either insert it back into the tender or ‘gang’ another tender for it.
LIVE YARN GOT STUCK, PULLED IT OUT, UNTANGLED IT BUT IT MADE A BIG MESS:
beginning with live yarn closest to your needle, wind a center pull ball until you have wound all of the newly untangled yarn and you are left with what is then coming from the original skein. Now put this center pull ball ahead of the skein in the tender or gang another tender if needed and resume knitting.
The tender holds SKEINS or BALLS … and up to (16 oz) pounder skeins. Picture #1 is an 8 oz skein, #2 is a 16 oz skein. They are soft and pliable. If you need more length on the “Tender”, just gang two; that is, use two tenders that meet and overlap in the middle.
As far as the smallest ball that can be inserted, they work great on even the smallest of amounts of yarn. They continue to compress down meet the diameter, all the way down to even an inch. It is a gentle but firm compression that can go from the smallest just mentioned up to the pounder seen in the photo.
These truly work GREAT. They are reusable and last a long time. Note, they do need to be treated with some gentleness, as a needle poke, etc. may cause a hole or tear. Also, if you have a small/shorter skein or ball and don’t like the extra tender ‘hanging over’, you only need fold over the tender, doubling it, which helps with good compression on the yarn as it is being used. There is no need to ever cut the tenders in half.
BEST DARN YARN TENDERS – Now longer length !
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In U.S.: 20 tenders for $9.00 (includes shipping).
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IN CANADA: 20 tenders plus $9.00 & $7.00 s/h to Canada;
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Leona Flower 4-ply knitting worsted, I-9 crochet hook
1) the 1st st of the ch4 should serve as a slip knot whereby as the sts are loaded the 1st is increasing in size to accommodate multiple sts being worked into it (how to make that happen: after making the slip knot for the beg ch st, be sure that the short end is to the left; that is, if the chain st is laying flat and untwisted, the short end will be coming through the slip down and to the left. Insert hk in ch and begin sts).
2) Make sure to maintain consistent height of stitches in working multiple double crochets into one st.
3) ch3 or ch4 counts as a dc throughout.