June’s issue of I Like Knitting is extra special for me because I have 2 patterns published in it! If you missed the Summer Sweetheart Sweater, check it out here. This post is all about the Strawberry Wine Top, and I especially love it because I always need an all over stitch pattern when I’ve knit something in stockinette! Here are some of the features: -All over oyster stitch – it’s fun and it knits up quickly -Knit with cotton… Read more »

I’m so excited to introduce you to the Summer Sweetheart Sweater in the June issue of I Like Knitting! I love this sweater, and I’m actually knitting another one at the moment. Here are some reasons I love it: -Knit in the round with shaping so that it’s very flattering to your figure -Knit with worsted weight yarn so it knits up rather quickly -Features a circular yoke collar so you can continue knitting in the round! -The lace yoke… Read more »

If you’re thinking the name of this pattern sounds a bit familiar – you’re right! While I was knitting the Adirondack Basket Hat for the last Knit Along, I kept thinking it needed matching accessories. I haven’t come up with gloves just yet, but I am happy to report that I found time for a matching scarf!     Just like the hat, the scarf is knit with super bulky yarn so it’s a very quick knit. The pattern is… Read more »

If you’re a beginner knitter, most of your focus is on making sure you complete your knit or purl stitches, but fairly quickly, you’ll wonder why your knitting is so uneven, lopsided, and doesn’t look like knitting in a lot of pictures on the internet. If you’re not sure what tension is, or how to achieve a “proper” tension, check out my video here. (And a bonus: Franklin makes an appearance to play with some yarn demonstrate how not to… Read more »

I am so excited to introduce the Catalina Beach Sweater! I almost gave up on summer knitting, but I was inspired at the end of July to do one more beach sweater – and this is perfect because it easily transitions for the fall season. The Catalina Beach Sweater is a great transitional piece for your wardrobe. Designed to be worn on those cooler, summer nights, the Catalina is knit with cotton yarn and designed with lace eyelets and chevron… Read more »

I don’t know why you learned to knit. Maybe you started knitting as a form of self-care, maybe you wanted to bond with a friend/neighbor/relative, maybe you wanted to knit a blanket for the cutest new kid in your life – whatever the reason, you’re starting to flounder. Knitting was fun, but you have a busy life. “Maybe I’ll have time to knit tomorrow,” you said, nearly a month ago. Meanwhile, when you finally do get back to your knitting, it’s… Read more »

What makes someone want to knit? Many of my friends are not yet knitters. I hold out hope for most of them. 😉 Many non-knitters are intrigued by those of us who tend to carry yarn and needles around and knit in places like the subway and various waiting rooms. They’re intrigued, but not ready to commit, and I completely understand. I wanted to create a little 3-5 minute documentary that explained how amazing knitting can be: It’s great for… Read more »

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 »

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 »