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 »

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.

I’m so excited to show you these gloves! I saw this pattern in a blanket and I thought it would be so fun for gloves – or maybe a skirt at some point? – and I set about creating a pattern for them. I hit a few roadblocks when I first started trying to convert this pattern into gloves, but something about airplanes and flying really does it for the knitting part of my brain because it all came together… Read more »

The Basketweave Coffee Cozy PDF can be downloaded here. (Or click here to have it emailed to you.) The PDF for the XO cable cozy pattern can be downloaded here. (Or click here to have it emailed to you.) Cozies, especially knit cozies, are incredibly cute and darling, but in a way that almost makes me hate them. You know, like when a dessert is too sweet? They’re impossible to remember to put on your mug (until you burn yourself, of course), but when… Read more »

I love cabling. It’s a pretty simple process and once you get the hang of it, you can create so many interesting shapes and designs. Here’s a sample of some different cable knits: You can also make animal shapes as well: If you’re new to knitting, cables might intimidate you, but I created a little tutorial and pattern to help you get used to knitting and cabling and get in plenty of practice! Hopefully you have your yarn all ready… Read more »

Blocking is the final step in knitting before you can enjoy your newly made item. Like knitting a swatch to check your gauge before you start a project, blocking is something that is easily and often skipped at the end of a project. Blocking relaxes the yarn so you’re able to manipulate and shape it into the desired shape. For example, if you’re knitting a sweater and it’s a little short, you can block it and shape it into the… Read more »

There’s a part of knitting that I’m not fond of. In fact, I usually skip over it, which is a bad, bad habit. In the instructions of a knitting pattern, it tells you what type of yarn (usually expensive) and needle size (one you don’t own, of course) to use. That’s not usually enough to get started on the project. Everyone knits just a bit differently. And sometimes you don’t want to use a name brand yarn. And do you really need… Read more »

Everyone tells you how great knitting is, science has done studies on how it calms your mind down, and you really want to buy one of those cute pins that says something like, “I Knit so I Don’t Kill People,” but the truth of the matter is that you DO want to kill people – right after you burn your yarn and needles to the ground. I get it. Knitting is hard. At first. There’s a huge learning curve, and… Read more »

The first time I walked into the yarn aisle at a craft store with the intent to purchase and buy yarn, I was completely overwhelmed! There are baskets upon baskets, and usually multiple rows filled with so many varying colors, thicknesses, and, most importantly to me, varying softness levels. A terrible habit, but one I’ve never been able to break, is slowly walking down the aisle, feeling every skein to determine if it was soft enough to be chosen for… Read more »