• Top Ten Knitting Lessons I Learned the Hard Way This Year – 2017

    Oh knitters. It’s that wonderful time of year again where I start to reflect on everything I have learned in the last twelve months and whittle down to what’s really important. This is my THIRD YEAR of working up my Top Ten list (links to 2016 and 2015 are at the bottom of this post), …

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  • Dimensional Tuck Knitting

    Okay knitters, this one’s a game changer. I promise. And I don’t make promises lightly. If there was an Oscar-equivalent award for knitting and fiber arts, Tracy Purtscher should win it this year. Hands down. Her new book, Dimensional Tuck Knitting, is nothing short of brilliant. (And, no, I am not getting paid to write this.) This …

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  • All About How I Wash My Knits

    Because we are all secretly dying to know how everyone else does their laundry. I’ll be honest. I’m pretty low-tech when it comes to blocking and hand washing my knits. As far as blocking goes, until recently, I’ve just soaked my finished knits in plain ol’ water. Boring. Last winter, when I knit up my …

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  • Ten Tips for Walking While Knitting That Will Up Your Knitting Game. Guaranteed.

    The comments I receive when I mention knitting while walking are all over the map, ranging from “I could never,” “I’ve been meaning to try that,” to “I also love walking and knitting.” If you are squarely in the “I could never” category, well, I actually bet you could. If you wanted to. As for …

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  • Essential Knitting Accessories, Volume 2

    Volume 1 is here, in case you missed it. Knitting is about so much more than yarn. I finally invested in a few fundamental essentials a couple of months ago. My expanded toolbox of knitting paraphernalia has made my knitting life SO much better. I don’t even know why I waited so long! A swift …

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  • Your Complete Guide to Online Knitting Stitch Dictionaries

    Updated July 23, 2016 to add sites suggested by readers. Keep em’ coming! Even before I started designing, I would sit down and browse the vast Internet for knitting stitches. This would occur most frequently if I wanted to knit a scarf. I spent way too much time searching for just the perfect stitch pattern before …

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  • Learn Colorwork The No-Stress, No-Fuss, Easy Way

    Hey knitters! Read to the end of this post for a special 50% off Craftsy offer just for you!  Throughout my long and uneventful storied knitting lifespan, I have, with the exception of a single man-hat that incorporated very simple stripes in the most boring way possible (with color jogs at the joins, no less), never knit a project …

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  • When Blocking IS a Good Idea

    Call me a hypocrite. I know. I can’t even follow my own advice on the matter. I didn’t want to block this cowl because I feared the honeycomb stitch would wither flatly away. Before blocking, it was so plump and dimensional. And I loved that. I developed this cowl in a big, fat loop because I wanted to avoid …

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  • Sometimes Blocking is Not a Good Idea

    This may be blasphemous to say, but I feel a strong conviction that there are several occasions blocking your finished knitting is a bad idea. It Fits Perfect The Way It Is Maybe your swatch failed you. Maybe you just didn’t swatch. Or, maybe you didn’t soak your swatch and patiently wait for it to …

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  • I Actually Knit A Latvian Braid Without Screwing Up

    How’s that for giving away the punch line in the title? I figure, might as well cut to the chase. Waterlily finally resurfaced after a long siesta, cast aside for holiday knits and pattern development. I am not sure what inspired me to drag this poor babe out. I was itching to make a random …

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