Wednesday, March 1, 2017

I'm Going on Tour!

Starting next week, I'll be hitting 5 incredible local yarn stores throughout the Midwest on a  "Bridge and Tunnel Tour with the amazing MollyGirl Yarn.

We're starting out at Spinnin Yarns in Griffith, in northern Indiana, a short distance from Chicago and the Michigan border. Then we head up to Skeins on Main in Rochester, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. After that we're going to Columbus, Ohio to see our friends at Yarn it and Haberdashery. Our final stop is at Knitting Off Broadway in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Why Bridge and tunnel? Because we're both from the suburbs of NYC so we have to use a bridge or a tunnel to get to the city. It's generally not a very nice name for us, but we're reclaiming the term and taking it across the country to represent New Jersey and Connecticut.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Make an extra floofy i-cord pom-pom

This fun loopy pom-pom made from an i-cord is a unique topper for any hat. Instructions are for small 2.25" (5.75 cm) and large 3.25" (8.25 cm) size pom-poms.

The Flower Petal Hat pattern shown above featuring an i-cord puff is available via ravelry or as a kit from MollyGirl Yarn, but in the spirit of the holiday season, I've made a free tutorial for the i- cord pom-pom.

Monday, October 3, 2016

What is an MKAL and what do these letters stand for?

★The Definition★
A Mystery Knit a Long (MKAL) is a knitting project that you take on without knowledge of the end result.
In essence it is an experience where you put all your trust in your guide, the designer, and must enjoy their aesthetic enough to hand over all control as they lead you on a never before traveled journey in yarn.
★The Adventure★
You and your newly formed band of adventuresome knitters generally receive an introduction to the project telling you what materials you will need, but little will be revealed about the project to come. The actual journey is directed by a set of clues, each taking you in a different and sometimes unexpected direction. Some will be easy, some will be hard, and some times you’ll notice experienced knitters helping beginners along in the dedicated MKAL Ravelry forum.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Free Pattern: The Scowl

The Scowl (scarf - cowl) is a versatile accessory that can be worn many ways. Knit in a simple tube, the magic comes from the loose gauge and smooth, silky yarn which allow the size to change when stretched in different directions. Wear it as a scarf, stretched lengthwise, and it measures 6" x 60". Stretch the tube horizontally and you get a cowl 18" tall with a circumference of 30".

Worn as a cowl
worn as a scarf
Pattern follows below:

Thursday, December 31, 2015

5 New Years Resolutions for Knitters

As 2016 approaches, I've started putting together my list of resolutions. I will never start jogging, organize my files, or manage to make major life changes in the coming year. It is a lot easier to maintain good knitting habits and get this one little part of life in order. Here are my 5 new years resolutions that all knitters can relate to.

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