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.

Row Gauge: Why it Matters

Tell the truth: When (if?) you knit a gauge swatch, do you measure both stitch gauge and row gauge? I mean, you know stitch gauge matters. You know that having too many or too few stitches in a 4″ swatch means you’ll end up with a sweater that is either larger or smaller than you […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

PSA: There is yarn on my couch

This is a public service announcement: There is yarn in my house. Not just yarn, but visible yarn. It’s where people can see it if they drop by unannounced. Even when I know they’re coming, it might still be there when they arrive because I’m actively using it. Why put it away when I’m going […]