Advice for New and Wannabe Knitters

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Whether you're a wannabe knitter or you've already started dabbling with basic knit and purl stitches, I wanted to share a few things I've learned through experience....for what that's worth. Keep in mind I'm not a fast knitter and I make plenty of mistakes. Just wanted to put this out there because so many people I talk to express interest in knitting but are either afraid to try it or have just begun and are wanting experiencing beginner's frustration. So. For those who haven't started … [Read more...]

Tutorial: Interchangeable Knitting Needle Case Made from an Old Book

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  I was a terrible knitter in the beginning. Slow and scared. Terrified to make a mistake or take on a project that was anything past garter stitch. Several years later, I've lost my fear. I'll take on lace, colorwork, socks, you name it. Fear no longer keeps me from tackling a project. Because I've actually reached the point where I can both correct mistakes as I go and finish most projects in a reasonable amount of time, I feel alright about splurging on luxurious and quite … [Read more...]

Holiday Knitting

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Tomorrow is the first day of July. The first day of the second half of the year. Tick tock. It's time to start planning and working on handmade holiday gifts already. I'm so great at planning ahead and getting everything made way, way ahead of time! No. Not really. I'm a last minute gal no matter how early I start. But. But. If I do one here and there, it's got to help relieve stress six months from now, right? Let's do it. Together. Let's get started. Okay? This … [Read more...]

Try your hand at hand lettering

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In the last two or three weeks, I've been playing around with hand lettering. I mean, it's all the rage, right? It's everywhere you look and it's only gaining popularity along with typography. Most artsy-craftsy fads come and go and by the time they've run their course, we're sick and tired of it (puff-painted sweatshirts, anyone?). Good riddance, right?! However, I feel like hand lettering is an art that deserves all the time it can get. It's one that has been around for ages. We've all … [Read more...]

Queen Bean Sphynx Sweater

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We have gained a new family member. She's a beautiful Sphynx that we were fortunate enough to adopt from a pet rescue in the Fort Worth area. Many people cringe at the sight of a hairless cat and even say cruel things, but MAN, if you've ever been loved by a Sphynx you know how special these kitties are. They're not quite like other cats. They crave the affection of humans and want to snuggle 24/7. They're intelligent, loving, curious, and they never really outgrow their kitten-like … [Read more...]