When Your Project Gets Kidnapped

This week a sweet knitter from my online knitting community experienced one of our fiber nightmares: her knitting bag was stolen. Right out of her car. In broad daylight. The thief smashed her car window and ran away with her project bag, along with the sweater project inside of it. [Insert your favorite curse words […]

A New Perspective on “More Yarn”

I am (and always have been) a minimalist at heart when it comes to everything but cookbooks and knitting supplies. For whatever reason, I just can’t seem to cut back in those two areas. I use what I have, but I still can’t help but wonder if I’m overdoing it sometimes. If you’ve ever had […]

How to Eat an Elephant (for knitters)

I’d love to knit that, but… it would take forever. If you’ve ever said these words, this post is for you. I recently started a project that seems like it’s taking a really really long time to knit. At least by my standards. I’m the knitter who likes to zip through a sweater over a […]

Knitting with Colors You Love

What’s a color you love but can’t wear? We all have at least one. There are some shades that just don’t seem to work for me, and no matter how much I love them, I had resigned myself to admiring them on others and avoiding them for myself. But it turns out that the old rule […]

What to Do When You Can’t Get Gauge

If you’ve ever sat down to knit a gauge swatch – and I hope you have – you may be able to relate to the maddening experience of trying to get gauge. It might seem like a bit of a mystery, but gauge is really just a simple case of math and measurement. If you […]

The Best Yarn You Can Afford (knitting on a budget)

I grew up using two kinds of yarn: unmarked mystery balls from my grandmother’s stash, and pastel acrylics that I bought with babysitting money from the quasi-craft section at the hardware store in my small town. True. Story. I wasn’t born a yarn snob. In fact, it wasn’t until my twenties that I accidentally discovered […]

The 2nd Annual 4 Day Sweater KAL

It’s been a bit of a tornado here at Olive Knits headquarters (and by “headquarters” I mean my house), and much of it can be attributed to two things: I’m writing a book with a very aggressive deadline. I had the bright idea to host another 4 day sweater knitalong. Frankly, the book project should […]

How to Block a Sweater

Twenty years ago I knit my first adult sweater. It was a vision in moss stitch, knit in classic, undyed wool. The word “heirloom” hung in the air. But when it was finished I noticed it pulled terribly on the bias, and every time I stretched it where I wanted it, it bounced back into […]

The Return of the 4 Day Sweater

The 4 day sweater is back and you can find it here. Last year scores of knitters climbed aboard the party bus of the 4 Day Sweater KAL. Were you one of them? Here’s how it went down: I spontaneously knit a sweater in 4 days (you can read about it here). Knitters across the […]

Knit Tips: Sweater Growth

If you’ve ever blocked a hand knit sweater and ended up with super long sleeves or more length in the body than you planned for, you’ve probably had this thought: How do you know how much it’s going to grow when you block it? That’s a great question, and while it’s not a simple answer, […]