Repairing Knit and Crochet Projects

Jennifer, the designer behind Tinking Turtle, is joining me on the Yarn Thing Podcast today to talk about her latest adventure with knitting and crochet. She provides both finishing and repair services for customers who want a professional completion or restoration of their handknits.  Learn more about repairing knit and crochet projects with Jennifer and how you can learn to do it yourself.

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About Tinking Turtle

Jennifer Raymond resides in the small town of Ashland, VA, which is right outside of Richmond. She is the owner of Tinking Turtle.

Most of her time is spent dreaming up patterns and preparing for her next teaching engagement. When not stitching up a storm, she loves to garden, dabble in photography, take long bike rides, and learn about other fiberart crafts.

With more than 20 years of stitching experience under her belt, she first learned to crochet when she was 7 years old, and knit when she was eight.

Jennifer is not only a knit and crochet teacher but she is also a wonderful designer and has started to take on the teaching of repairing your knit and crochet projects. She provides both finishing and repair services for customers who want a professional completion or restoration of their handknits.  Stemming from my love of historical textiles, my approach to repairwork is to restore pieces so that they can be used and loved.

Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird and Special Guest Jennifer of the Tinking Turtle

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  1. Debra Smith Ellensohn says:

    I had to repair my son’s blankie when he was little. It was a simple dc square blanket and I used a sewing machine to repair it. I didn’t know how to repair the crochet stitches with yarn DARN IT!!!

  2. Debbie Carter says:

    DARN IT, DARN IT, DARN IT yup that’s what you do when you get a hole or call the Tinking Turtle.

  3. Angela Matias says:

    Darn It! Wish I had these tips from Salena over the years! Thank you Marly and Salena for taking the time to share with us all the great tips and techniques!

  4. Stephanie says:

    I’m not a fan of the Yarn Harlot’s Darn It method I do darn/repairsocks. My husband blows through them faster than I can knit them

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Marly is a knitwear and crochet designer (and yarn addict) that is here to help you learn how to knit and crochet in a way that's fun and approachable.

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