A Pinch of This, A Pinch of That

If you come over to my house, come hungry. Cooking is my favorite thing – next to knitting, of course – and I can’t think of anything I’d rather do to decompress from a long work day than to stand in my kitchen, turn on a little indie folk music (or maybe some Fleetwood Mac), […]

Patience Not (Always) Required

If you’ve been knitting for any time at all, you’ve likely heard someone say, “I’m not patient enough to be a knitter” . While knitting is definitely a form of slow fashion crafting, you don’t have to have a wellspring of endless patience to do it. If you’re staring down a hefty project and you’re […]

The Worst That Can Happen

I am an optimistic worrier. I go throughout my day (and my life) in a chronic, but manageable, state of stress (it’s like a low grade fever that won’t quit). I find myself anxious about how much there is to do, worrying about others’ opinions, wondering whether or not I’m enough, anxious about failure, worried […]

3 Tips for Yarn Substitutions

Raise your hand if you always use the yarn the pattern recommends? Anyone? Anyone? Buehler? Yarn can be spendy, and sometimes we need an alternative that fits within our budget. Other times we simply can’t get our hands on the recommended yarn, or just prefer to work from our stash. Whatever the reason, knowing how […]

Break Up With The Ball Band

It’s time for a little truth-telling, my friend. We need to break up… with the ball band. You know the one. I want you to break up with the cute little band of paper tied to your skein of yarn. There’s a lot of information on a ball band and I don’t want you to […]

Knitting Mistakes Are Part of the Process

I talk about this a lot, but it’s one of the most common conversations that happens in my knitting community: knitters will go to almost any length to avoid making a mistake. We aren’t born knowing how to knit, any more than we are born knowing how to ride a bicycle. But we can be […]

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 […]