Knitting for Warm Weather & Seasonal Transitions

Knitting isn’t a winter sport. When the calendar marches toward spring, I immediately gravitate to lightweight yarns and transitional projects like this one: Apogean. I love pieces I can layer, and lightweight knits hit the spot beautifully as they can often dance between being both a shirt AND a sweater. Fiber choice is key – this one […]

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 […]

Knit Better Sweaters – Ease

Have you ever looked at a pattern and struggled to make sense of the ease, or had questions about choosing the right ease to get the results you want? Let’s talk about it! Today we’re going to cover the most common questions about ease in sweater knitting and how to improve your chances of getting the results […]

Knitting Challenges: Sweaters With Buttons

If you knit sweaters, you’ve likely needed a button or two. Or fourteen. After the time and investment of knitting a sweater by hand, you don’t want to throw on any old buttons. (Actually, sometimes you DO want old buttons, but the point is having the options you want when you want them.) Is it just […]

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 […]

Sweater Knitting: 5 Mistakes Knitters Make

Knitters! We sure love our sweaters, but there are five mistakes I see over and over when I meet with students and customers. I want you to have sweaters that fit you beautifully, feel great and look awesome, so I’m going to share the top five things to watch for when knitting a sweater. Making […]

On the Go: Knot Another Hat Retreat

Sarah Keller from Knot Another Hat sure knows how to have a party. She’s the woman behind the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival, the owner of Knot Another Hat yarn shop in Hood River, Oregon, and the hostess-with-the-mostest when it comes to creating awesome experiences for fiber people. (Below, rock star Sarah Keller on the left and […]

The Value of Vertical

Do you ever wonder how a design comes to be? about the various design elements? The design process can be a bit mysterious. I’ve heard that some designers create everything in a sketch before it becomes a pattern (if I could draw worth a darn I might do that, too, but no). Mine starts with […]