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 […]

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, […]

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 […]