I’m participating in the Cheeky Visionaries Biziversary & Launch Party! Amanda Sue Howell’s business is turning 5, and she’s celebrating with the launch of 30 Days of Creative Abandon. 30 Days of Creative Abandon is a 30 day course created for makers, who are looking for new ideas to set them free from artist’s block! If you had asked me what my favorite creative outlet was when I was younger, I don’t know if I would have had an answer…. Read more »
No matter how long you’ve been knitting, dropped stitches are a part of life. I used to rip out my work (EVERY.SINGLE.TIME) until I learned these tricks. The first technique requires a crochet hook. This is helpful, especially if you’re picking up tiny stitches. The second technique is perfect if all you have your two needles – you can still grab and fix most dropped stitches!
Lately I’ve had a decent amount of people ask me where I see myself going in my business, and while I did start out to give knitting lessons and offer a bit of peace in the world, I know there’s a lot more to what I want to do than just giving lessons online. (Don’t get me wrong, I love that, and I’ll probably always offer it!) Anyway, check out this week’s video. It explains my name, and I share where… Read more »
I just wanted to let you know that I’m featured over on the Solopreneur Business Network podcast. I’m talking knitting, creativity, and starting my own business. I was also asked my favorite quote, and I really butchered the Ira Glass quote above, but I wanted to include it for you here. I’m pretty the quote was not originally intended for knitters, but it applies to knitting and, really, to anything you do. In other news, last Friday I was challenged to… Read more »
So I’m a little fuzzy on the rules. I thought podcasts were like radio shows just on the internet, but lately I’ve seen videos labeled as podcasts and aren’t those considered vlogs? Of course, who wants to refer to themselves as a vlog, right? I’m pretty sure no one, including me. So here’s my first video podcast! I say that like it’s going to be a regular series, and I’m not sure if I’ll have one every week, but I’d definitely… Read more »
Hey gang, I hope you love my Knitting 101 course. I know that’s probably a bit of a stretch. I’ve seen people pick up the hang of knitting in a few minutes, and I know for me it took nearly 2 weeks before I felt confident that I could knit without screwing the whole thing up. Part of the frustration is that once I felt like I got the hang of the knit stitch… then what? I didn’t feel confident to… Read more »
The long tail cast on method is one of my favorite ways to cast on. It’s quick, it’s easy, and I can have 50 stitches on my needle in no time. But trying to figure out where you should start casting on for the right number of stitches can be a mystery – the only thing worse than ending up with a foot (or more!) of yarn for your tail is when you run out of yarn and can’t finish… Read more »
You might have noticed that I quietly released a new pattern a few weeks ago. Siren Seafoam is a fun, cropped beach top (22” long) designed to cover you up, but keep you cool when you’re out during the hot summer months. The top is knit in the round from the bottom up, with a simple lace repeat for the design. The pattern is written out with instructions, no chart. My quiet little release was picked up by Buzzfeed as… Read more »
When you’re knitting right along, you might not even notice it until it’s too late: a stitch, that you so carefully knit has not only fallen off your needle, but fallen down a row! Check out today’s video for a simple and easy way to fix dropped stitches on the edge of your knitting work – and check back next week where I’ll show you how to fix dropped stitches in the middle of your row.
After you get the knit and purl stitches down, and you’re ready to start on something fun and new: patterns!, you realize you can’t get very far because knits and purls suddenly appear in the same row. Don’t worry! This really isn’t as difficult as it first appears. I’ve put together a quick video that shows you how to make a knit to purl transition, and back again from a purl to knit stitch. It’s just a simple moving of… Read more »