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If you have a lot of friends on Facebook, your News Feed can be an array of status updates, links and photos.
So you’re a 7 Yaks Design fan, but Facebook won’t let you stay up to the minute on all that’s happening?
I feel your pain, instead of letting Facebook determine which friends and pages you’d most like to see first, now you can choose the pages and friends to stay at the top of your News Feed.
Facebook announced that the News Feed has been updated to show you content that matters to you the most by allowing users to prioritize which friends and pages are featured in their News Feed.
Step 1: From the Facebook app on your smart phone, tap the More button located in the corner (it looks like 3 lines). Then, scroll to the bottom of the resulting menu and select News Feed Preferences near the bottom of the list.
From your desktop Facebook, go to your settings menu and then choose News Feed Preferences. If you’re on the 7 Yaks Design Facebook Page, it’s even easier. There’s a drop down menu if you mouse over the ‘Liked’ button. Then choose ‘See First’!
Step 2: On your smart phone, tap Prioritize who to see first at the top of the resulting page and choose whose posts you don’t want to miss, whether pages or friends. Tap Done in the upper-left corner when finished to implement the changes.
It’s even easier on the desktop, just click on the photo of the page or person!
This is a great pattern for a self striping yarn and using up your stash!
This hat is made with 1 skein of Noro Kureyon or Taiyo yarn with novelty yarns added for pizzazz. This is a great pattern for using bits in your yarn stash if you’re not using Noro or another self-striping yarn as the base yarn.
Size US 7 needles
Cast on 25 (child size) 40 (adult size) stitches with size 7 needles.
Row 1 Knit 2 stitches together, knit to end, knit twice into the last stitch
Row 2 Purl
Row 3 Knit 2 stitches together, knit to end, knit twice into the last stitch
Row 4 Purl
Row 5 Knit 2 stitches together, knit to end, knit twice into the last stitch
If you wish to use novelty yarns, add to rows 6 – 12 of each section.
Row 6 Purl
Row 7 Purl 2 stitches together, purl to end, purl twice into the last stitch
Row 8 Knit
Row 9 Purl 2 stitches together, purl to end, purl twice into the last stitch
Row 10 Knit
Row 11 Purl 2 stitches together, purl to end, purl twice into the last stitch
Row 12 Knit
Repeat rows 1 – 12 seven times (14 sections) for child size and nine times (18
sections) for adult size.
Bind off stitches. Pick up 60 (80) stitches along bottom edge to add hat rib. Knit 2, purl 2 rib until desired length and bind off. Sew side seam. Weave strong yarn through stitches at top of hat and pull to gather tightly into chocolate kiss shape.
If desired, use bits of yarns incorporated into hat to make pom pom to add to the crown of the hat.
Here’s a PDF download of the Twisted Kiss Hat Pattern:
PUMPKIN SEASON IS OFFICIALLY HERE!
Pumpkin drinks and products are showing up at the grocery stores and all the coffee shops are serving pumpkin lattes.
Here are 4 reasons to add pumpkin to dog treats, or canned unsweetened pumpkin, to their food:
- Whether your dog has the splatters, or she’s bound up like a straitjacket, pumpkin is the answer to her digestive woes. Canned pumpkin is very high in fiber, which can help bulk up your dog’s loose stools or soften her hard ones. And since dogs tend to love the taste of pumpkin anyway, it should be easy to get your pooch to take this “medicine.”
- Fiber isn’t all that pumpkin has to offer. Pumpkin flesh and seeds are loaded with nutrients like vitamins A, C and E, alpha and beta carotene, lutein, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc. Altogether, the nutritional benefits of pumpkin mean healthier skin, healthier eyes, a healthier coat and a healthier immune system for your dog. That’s not too shabby for a treat that your dog probably will think is a delicious indulgence anyway.
- Even if your dog isn’t in digestive distress, pumpkin makes a fine addition to his meals, adding bulk and fiber without a lot of extra calories. Many dogs love the taste of pumpkin, so yours may gobble it down not only willingly, but eagerly. You can feed him the same amount of food while replacing some kibble with pumpkin instead, thereby filling his belly and reducing caloric intake, a good strategy if your dog needs to lose a few pounds. I find it’s nice to change up pumpkin with plain green beans so they don’t get bored when on a diet. Heck, I get bored being on a diet, it’s always my downfall!
- There is some evidence to suggest that pumpkin seeds are beneficial for urinary-tract health. The oil of pumpkin seeds is rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, which may be good for urinary health, among additional nutritional benefits. Pumpkin seeds are also rich in many of the vitamins and minerals described earlier, so even if the connection to urinary health is hooey, pumpkin seeds are still a doggy superfood.
This wheat-free peanut butter pumpkin recipe from the Doggy Dessert Chef is fabulous!
Angelina Spinning Fiber is terrific for blending with your favorite wool roving for added bling.
A little Angelina will go a long way! Angenlina is a great way to jazz up your handspun yarns or batts before you spin and add a little zing!
Elasticity can also be added to handspun yarns or batts with nylon fibers such as Snow Mountain or Starbright. Firestar will creates a shimmer in your yarn, similar to the addition of silk. You will find that adding nylon will create a yarn with more memory, which is especially important when knitting socks!
All 7 Yaks Design fibers are hand dyed with professional dyes that are both lightfast and washfast for long lasting, fade resistant color.
7 Yaks Design scored a great deal on raw Alpaca fleece and we are passing the savings on to our loyal customers! (More about that in a second.)
Did you know that Alpaca does not have lanolin making it wonderfully hypoallergenic so that people who are affected by wool will not have a reaction? The hair shafts are hollow which makes them excellent insulators. It will keep you warmer than wool in the winter but breathes nicely too. This soft fleece is great to wear next to the skin!
Raw fleece still needs to be processed to rid it of dust and little pieces of vegetable matter.
Here is a quick tutorial for cleaning the fleece. (Only a minute long.)
And here is a short video showing how to card Alpaca once you have washed it.
Now all you need is the fleece.
We have three Alpaca Fleece colors available. (Click on the pictures to link to the Etsy offering.)
Light Fawn Color:
Medium Fawn Color:
Light Brown Alpaca:
We were able to get a good deal on this fleece and we are passing the savings on to you. Get yours now while they last.
Nary a person in Cleveland remembers real spumoni because the family owned business that made the delectable dessert ceased business operations about 35 years ago. But, I remember, and no other spumoni will do!
I’ve spent years trying to find someone, anyone who still serves real spumoni, only to be disappointed each and every time when they bring me a bowl of the mixed up, whipped up stuff of ice cream cartons. Clearly, they just didn’t know there was a difference. How sad.
I recently found 2 great links that offer the hope of making your own real spumoni, and as crazy as this might be, it is very near and dear to my heart. Michelle, the Brown Eyed Baker, has wonderful recipes for making your own ice cream for the spumoni. If that’s too much, then Brian, at The Sac Chef, has incorporated ready made ice creams, and remembered the all important whipped cream layer, of authentic spumoni!
It brings me one step closer to cherished memories of my Grandmother and I going downtown to have lunch at the New York Spaghetti House. She mastered the Zen art of raising pasta with a fork, and compacting it neatly on a large spoon, with the stealth of a ninja. I sat in complete awe of the ease and perfection of her ability. I never inherited her dexterity, which suddenly leads me to the realization of why I failed at glass blowing, because it also requires the mastery of motor skills performed all at once too!
Have you ever purchased an unknown quantity of yarn, or spun some for yourself, and then you’re not completely sure how much yarn is there? It’s easy to find out, by using a simple tool called a McMorran Balance. The balance is a scale that allows you to determine the yardage of a particular yarn. It consists of a rectangular plastic box and a balancing arm. The arm has been calibrated to calculate the yards per pound of a particular yarn once the length of the yarn has been trimmed to allow the arm to balance. It’s just that easy!
After that you’re on your way to easy math to figure out how much yarn is on your cone, skein or in the ball. Measure the length of yarn with a ruler or tape measure and then do the following:
- Multiply the measurement x 100.
- This measurement gives you the number of yards per pound of yarn.
- e.g. 8.4 inches x 100 =840 yards per pound
Then weigh your yarn to see how many pounds or fractions of a pound you have (and then do a little additional math if necessary).
Once you know how many yards you have, if you don’t know the gauge of your yarn, that is easy to determine as well. Using a WPI (wraps per inch) gauge entails wrapping your yarn around a 1″ measuring device. I have been playing with designs for that too. One is a ‘studio model’ and the other is a portable ‘keychain model’.
Just because I think everyone needs a little Goth in their life – and something to make you smile for no particular reason – I made this WPI gauge and then sent some along to Queer Joe’s Men’s Knitting Retreat which is taking place this weekend in upstate NY. Have I ever mention how much I LOVE upstate NY? (read – one of these days I am going to have my house on a mountain there, just you wait and see!)
To use either of these guides:
Wrap the yarn around the 1″ channel smoothly, with the yarn touching, but not too tight. Once you’ve wrapped, count your number of wraps per inch (or WPI).
18 or more wpi – Lace weight
16 wpi – Fingering weight
14 wpi – Sport weight
12 wpi – Worsted weight
10 wpi – Bulky
8 or less wpi – Very bulky
And you thought this was just knitting, no, no – clearly it’s engineering at its best! After you know how many yards of yarn and the WPI of your particular yarn, then you will know if you have enough to make a sweater size garment and maybe that’s what you were trying to accomplish all along.
Here’s a conversion chart for garments for children, or for garments other than the size mentioned in chart above.
I hope this helps to explain why your collection of knitting and spinning tools keeps growing – we need them all to get the job done!
I have dyed some worsted weight New Zealand wool yarn and I am ready to begin knitting. Simple enough, but finding time between work and being a new Mom (I have an 8-week old Corgi pup), has proved to be a challenge of near Sistine Chapel proportions. I’m excited about blending the novelty yarn with the hand dyed yarn and eager to see how it turns out. I also wanted to share a pair of my favorite sushi knitting needles from ScaryMerry. If you love sushi like I love sushi, these will be a must-have for you too!
The first few rows of the cuff are going well. I’m still trying to decide about the gauge because they don’t seem very substantial. I can always use another pair of ‘driving mittens’ 😉
The gauge is turning out to be okay for the cuff and body of the mitten but I think this combination of yarn would make for a better sweater weight than for mittens. I tend to be a freeze baby and would want a thicker pair for being outside for any length of time. I guess driving mitts it will be when these are finished.
Next you knit and place your stitches on holders to separate a portion of the knitting to form the thumb. At this stage of the design I know it looks a lot like the response from your insurance company when you submit a claim!
I have to take the kids to the ‘pediatrician’ – check back for more knitting updates.
Here is a video showing the basic Tunisian Crochet Stitch. This is from CraftyAndy on YouTube. This stitch is also called Tunisian Crochet, Afghan Stitch, Tricot Crochet, Shepherd’s Knitting, Hook Knitting, Railroad Knitting.
You can find beautiful Tunisian Crochet Needles Here.