Reading Knitting Charts

Knitting from Charts I love knitting from charts! A Knitting chart takes up much less space than written directions and it is a visual representation of what the pattern looks like. If you are using a paper pattern, highlighter tape will be very helpful. For charts, I position the highlighter tape right ABOVE the row …

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Calculating Gauge in Knitting

How to Knit a Swatch & Calculate Gauge Swatching and measuring your gauge is ESSENTIAL to make sure your garment fits! Swatching is also a great way to test yarns to make sure they will produce a fabric suitable for the garment, and to practice pattern stitches used in thet pattern. Make a swatch that …

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Why Knit Socks?

Why Knit Socks?

I used to wonder why people were so enthused about knitting socks. Socks? Why would you spend all that time to knit socks when you can buy them at Walmart for a couple bucks? I don’t wonder that anymore. And my feet have thanked me for it! I’ve been thinking about this because our next …

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Goat Combing Days

Did you know that the luxurious fiber used to make cashmere sweaters comes from goats? It does! Being a knitter and crocheter, I was terribly excited when I learned that cashmere comes from goats. You see, I was researching what kind of animals I wanted to raise on the farm we were starting. That was …

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Bees Again!

After two futile attempts at beekeeping we are trying again.  The first two times we bought our bees in a 3 lb. package from an apiary in Georgia through our local bee club.  I’m not saying that there was anything wrong with the bees; it was more likely my inexperience that caused our problems. This …

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Listening, Learning, and Creating a Community

     We’ve spent a lot of time lately at the farm brainstorming about how we can better serve our fellow crafters. In years past we have participated in the East TN Yarn Crawl, taught beginner knit and crochet classes, as well as knit-alongs. We also host a twice weekly Stitch n’ Spin. We consider …

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Goat Husbandry

            When I began working at Mountain Hollow Farm, I had absolutely no knowledge whatsoever about goats. I knew they were cute, and that I had almost passed out once in a vet tech class in which one was being operated on. That is as far as my experience went. Here I am roughly seven …

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Duck Patrol

We thought we would continue on introducing you to some of our farm critters that aid us in taking care of the goats. Today we’re going to talk about our favorite waterfowl: ducks! Tis the season for farm stores to carry chicks and ducklings, and we were among those who brought home babies.             Beth …

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