When I made my little hat collection earlier this year, I just knew the Arosa Slouchy Lace Hat would be the fan favorite. Mostly because it was my favorite, even though I love them all equally, of course. What I didn’t expect was to be commissioned to make a matching scarf and pair of gloves. You may have suspected that I’m not a fan of scarves, but it was also a family member asking so I didn’t want to turn… Read more »

I think everyone can agree that handmade gifts are amazing, and most knitters try to get in as much knitting as they can for as many people as they can. I know some knitters go big and try to make matching hats and scarves or socks – or even stockings! I love my friends and family, but I don’t have time for that. I’m all about the small stocking stuffer knit gifts. And I’ve always lamented the fact that cozies… Read more »

If you’ve read or listened to me chat about my own story and how I to knit, you’ll also have heard me mention that I taught myself to knit as a mindful activity. Mindfulness and mindful meditation are pretty big buzzwords right now, but that doesn’t mean they’re not important. I have wanted to do a small class on mindfulness and knitting for awhile, but I continually put it off because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to cover as… Read more »

  For the 6th episode of Any Stitch Will Get You There, I am so excited to introduce you to Sarah from Knit York City. I met Sarah a few years ago when I was just learning how to knit. I didn’t know who she was, and I can’t remember what we talked about, but I remember that I was incredibly frustrated with knitting, and I left the conversation feeling very empowered. Since then, I’ve watched each of her pattern… Read more »

Usually people who love fall and winter, or at least love cuddling up in oversized sweaters and blankets and maybe even watching sports, also love to knit. Me? I’m not a fan of cold weather, and I’d much prefer to spend my time on a beach or in a park – when it’s over 75 degrees out. Part of the reason I resisted knitting for so long was because I hate scarves. I’m also not a fan of shawls or socks,… Read more »

For the 5th episode of Any Stitch Will Get You There, I’m chatting with Dianna from Paper Tiger. Dianna was a full time knitting designer out of Seattle, but she recently moved to Norway for grad school! If you’ve seen any of her designs before, you can tell her designs are heavily influenced by Scandinavian designs. Click through to see some of her amazing work here: Dianna took some out of her schedule to chat with me about her love of colorwork… Read more »

If you’re knitting some cables or lace or colorwork – or if you’re a beginner knitter – you’re familiar with ripping out your work because somehow it doesn’t look like what it’s supposed to look like. While I think ripping out your work can be therapeutic at times, and while it can certainly help you learn to focus, it can also be wildly frustrating. Here’s a simple way to insert a lifeline into your work when you’re knitting so that… Read more »

So for the last week, I allowed voting on my newest hat designs for the 2015 fall Knit Along and I am so excited to announce that voting is over and we have a winner!! Supply list: Arosa Slouchy Hat pattern Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick US size 15 (10.0mm) double pointed needles US size 13 (9.0mm) double pointed needles tapestry needle scissors stitch markers (optional) Details This KAL is over! If you’re interested in purchasing this course, please click… Read more »

For my fourth episode of Any Stitch Will Get You There, I am so excited to introduce you to Lauren from Girly Knits. Lauren has been knitting since she was nine, has a background in fashion design, and has been designing knitwear under Girly Knits for the last 4 years. Her designs are consistently some of my favorite – they’re feminine, flirty, and fashion forward. Scroll through some Lauren’s incredible designs: Lauren and I met up in Central Park one afternoon and… Read more »

I’ve been working on a few hats to be ready for when the weather turns, and I’m so excited to share them with you today. Each one has something unique to it, whether it’s lacework, brambles, cabling, or simple knits and purls. The Arosa Slouchy Lace Hat was inspired by the flames and the smoke you’re bewitched by when you’re sitting around a bonfire in the fall. I wanted to capture that sweeping feeling in a hat. It has a… Read more »