Attached: Knitting gadgets, and the crafters who love them

There’s a certain kind of cable needle I like. It’s the one my grandmother gave me when I learned to knit (back in the olden days) and it’s still the one I like best of all the cable needles in the whole wide world. It’s this one. For some reason, I have the hardest time […]

Love Knitting, Hate Sleeves. Why?

I’ve long wondered how it’s possible that we can be insanely passionate about an art form, but then actually dislike part of the process. Why do we do that? I think I’ve figured it out, and – to be honest – it kind of makes me feel better. Sometimes I feel like a heel when I catch […]

Knitting: Am I doing it wrong?

When it comes to knitting, I’m a bit nontraditional. I like to think it’s because my grandmother let me decide what style of knitter I wanted to be. When you’re eleven years old and an adult lets you be the boss of something – the power is intoxicating. Young me: Why do I have to […]

How to Knitalong

Remember the old adage “there’s safety in numbers”? When it comes to knitting with friends – especially on a timeline – this little nugget of wisdom seems especially true. A knitalong (or KAL) or crochetalong (CAL) is an opportunity to knit/crochet with a support team. Maybe you’ve tried one before, or maybe you’ve wanted to […]

Knitting Rules : Love it, or Leave it

Tell me if you know this one: You’re knitting, knitting, knitting, but notice that you keep checking in with yourself about a weird spot twenty rows ago, “Can I live with this mistake?” Or maybe you’re having doubts about the project. Or have a sinking feeling about the size or the yarn or the pattern, […]

Textile Inspiration – Two Weeks Abroad

Nothing changes you like seeing the world.  I’m just home from a couple of weeks in England and Ireland, and – if you’ll indulge me – I’d love to share a bit of inspiration in hopes that it might inspire you, as well. I take pleasure in the strangest things when I travel. I don’t […]

Who Taught You The Art of Making?

I can’t imagine who I’d be if I weren’t a maker. Granted, I think I’m naturally inclined (and I believe most of us are, in one way or another), so if things had happened differently I might just be a different kind of maker. Maybe a chef. Most of my friends are makers. My home […]

Travel Knitting: Take (all) the Yarn

No matter how many times I’ve tried (and failed) to coordinate my travel knitting, I still can’t get it right 100% of the time. I pack too much. I don’t pack enough. I’ve packed the right yarn but the wrong needles. I’ve made assumptions about yarn I’ll buy on the trip, only to find out […]

Variegated Yarn: A Comedy in 7 Acts

I like boring yarn. There. I said it. Okay, by “boring” what I really mean is that I don’t like to get crazy with color. I like solids. Heathers. Tonals. Neutrals. Occasional pops of color that can double as a neutral under the right conditions. Fuchsia and chartreuse, for example. They’re bold, but they play […]

How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Sweater

We’ve all been there. You’ve knit and knit and knit, and eventually (finally!) have a sweater to show for it.  But, wait… Damn it. There’s a problem. What makes good sweaters go wrong? Not to harp on the point (I know I say this a lot), but one of the quickest ways to ruin a […]