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 […]

Knit Pro: 5 Tricks to Improve Your Knitting

Want to knit like a pro? Stop what you’re doing, pour a cup of coffee and sit with me for a minute. First, you’re a better knitter than you think you are  The single biggest mistake I see knitters make is that they underestimate their own ability to solve a knitting problem. Self-doubt is a […]

Yarn Shop Survival Guide

My first yarn came from my grandmother’s stash when I was about ten years old. Later on (when I had babysitting money burning a hole in my pocket) I relied on the True Value Hardware Store downtown. For real, the hardware store sold yarn. It was pastel acrylic, but it was something. Lucky for me (and you), […]

Knitting Self-Help: Here’s My Secret

Can you relate to any of these? Do you ever avoid a project because of a technique you’re unsure about? Do you ever let a WIP linger in fiber purgatory for far too long because you can’t decide whether or not to frog it? Do you struggle with stash organization? Do you ever avoid finishing […]

Knit All The Things: How to Win at Multiple Projects

I have a favorite project: it’s called “The New One.” From the acquisition of new yarn, to the winding of hanks into beautiful little cakes, to tracking down the correct needles (and potentially stealing them from a lingering project… more on that later), and the final thrill of casting on, a new project has all […]

Knitting Fiascos: This Sweater Had Long Sleeves

Sweater knitters, pull up a chair and prepare to hear a familiar tale. My vision for this design was long sleeves. It’s how I imagined it from day one. The design process is a little hard to explain, because – for me – it evolves as the design takes form. But sometimes there’s one element […]