|photo by Clancy Ratliff|
*Sprinkle a small amount of talcum powder on your hands before knitting or crocheting to keep your hands from perspiring while you work.
*Use a rubber tipped bobby pin to mark the beginning of each crochet round. The bobby pin will stay in place securely and will not snag the yarn.
*Using red nail polish, mark 1” from the end of your crochet hook or knitting needle to quickly check your gauge.
*To prevent yarn from cutting into your fingers as you knit or crochet, crochet a thread thimble for yourself. Wear it on the finger the yarn wraps around.
*Slip a stitch marker onto your knitting needle every tenth stitch as you cast on for quick counting.
*Loose leaf binder reinforcement tabs make very inexpensive stitch markers.
*To keep fiberfill from showing through crocheted animals and dolls, stuff the piece first to determine the amount of fiberfill needed. Then remove the fiberfill and place it in a piece of pantyhose, preferably in a color that matches the animal or doll. Place the filled piece of pantyhose back in the animal or doll.
*To keep yarn from tangling when working with more than one color at a time, place the balls of yarn inside a mesh laundry bag. String the yarn through the holes in the bag, and they will stay tangle free as you work.
*Use a hook a size or two larger to stitch your starting chain if it tends to be tighter than the rest of your crochet stitches.
*Use a music stand to hold your instructions while stitching. It can be adjusted to the proper height for easy reading.
*When adding embroidery, such as facial features, to a knitted or crocheted piece, cut a piece of felt the same color and shape as the embroidery and glue it to the crochet or knitting with fabric glue. Embroider directly over the felt for neat, even stitches.