Test Knitting—The Palette Shawl


  A few months ago, I had my very first test-knitting experience. If you're not familiar with the concepts, it's when a pattern designer someone knit a brand new, unpublished pattern to check for typos or mistakes in the design itself. When Chandi of Expression Fiber Arts told me she'd chosen me to test knit for her, I was pretty excited. The number of people that had applied to test knit for her was pretty sizable and, well, I'm a bit of a EFA fangirl. I mean, I really, really … [Read more...]

Advice for New and Wannabe Knitters


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


  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


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


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...]