Dear Problem Ladies,
What are the best methods/materials/incantations to use for washing/cleaning handknits of all fibers and fiber combinations?

Oh, and is there a water-quality-equalizing system/method to remove this as a variable in the above question? I find a lot of conflicting information about this, and honestly, to spend hours or days or—in my case—months (possibly years) knitting a garment only to have to experiment with tricky maintenance methods is . . . not fun.

Quinn
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Dear Problem Ladies,
I am a good knitter, but I am a terrible counter. Is there a simpler way to count other than 1, 2, 3, 4 . . .

Rox
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Dear Problem Ladies,
How do I overcome my fear of knitting with yarn smaller than worsted weight? I always have to go down 2 needle sizes to get gauge, so I think I’m avoiding using small needles for garments that will take forever to knit.

deb94
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Dear Problem Ladies,
This is a hybrid knitting and etiquette question. I really love to knit and wear interesting scarves, not too over the top but scarves that stand out from the store-bought type. However after a while, I rotate them out of current wear. Friends have admired them while I am knitting or wearing them. How best does one gift a scarf that has been admired after one has been wearing it for a season? I have a lovely purple alpaca lace scarf waiting to go to its new home. It seems tacky to say “hi, I’m sick of this but I thought you could use it.”

Kathy
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