Posts by Andrea Sanchez

Andrea Sanchez
Andrea is a yarn crazy knitter and knitwear designer who spends more time knitting than cleaning her house. When she's not knitting, she's thinking about knitting, or working at her other job as a kindergarten teacher. She lives in Ohio with her husband and son, and two darling dogs.You can find her patterns here on Craftsy and read more about her life, crafting, and other daily musing on her blog Life on Laffer (lifeonlaffer.blogspot.com).

Knitting Blog

It’s in the Bag: How to Make Plarn

Plarn Tote

You may be wondering, what is plarn? Plarn is plastic yarn. It's true! Plarn is made using plastic shopping bags. It can be used to make a variety of items, such as rugs, reusable grocery totes, and even hats or shoes! But before you can get to work making something with plarn, first you must make it.

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Block Your Socks Off! 4 Tips & Tricks for Blocking Socks

How to Block Socks

When I was a new sock knitter, blocking socks seemed to be one of those things that only experienced knitters did. I didn’t have sock blockers, and to be honest, I still didn’t have a good handle on washing wool just yet. Now, as a more experienced knitter, I know the magic blocking can make. Here are some tips on how to get your handmade socks looking their best with blocking.

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Setting in Sleeves in Knitting: 5 Simple Steps

Setting in SleevesI know the phrase "Sleeves are knit separately and set in" can scare a lot of knitters away from a pattern. Your first set-in sleeve is like any new technique in knitting: once you understand the knitting magic behind it, it makes perfect sense. In this tutorial I'm going to walk you through setting in a sleeve to show you just how easy it can be! Read more »