• Design,  DIY,  Free Downloads,  Knitting

    DIY: Removable Stitch Marker Gift

    I have never been a big user of stitch markers, until recently when I have been working on larger projects that involve colorwork or more intricate stitch work. If I ever needed any I would simply make tiny yarn rings out of another color and use those. The difficulty with yarn stitch markers is they aren’t removable and they are easy to loose in your work. I often found myself knitting them in and having to cut them out and then make new ones. One day I used paperclips and they worked great! They were removable and served their purpose. I have stepped up the quality once again with these…

  • Knitting,  Pattern Release,  Photography

    Abigail Hood Knitting Pattern Release

    buy now or purchase from Etsy or Ravely As I was getting ready to post this pattern I started looking back to see when my last pattern release was…it has been over a year. So that begs the question, what on earth have I been doing for the last year? I had a baby, which is the best excuse…right? Anyway, I am finally back to it. So with no further delay here is my newest knitting pattern…the Abigail Hood. This adorable hood feels as though it has jumped from the page of your favorite Austen classic. It fits comfortably over long hair or short and covers the ears for a…

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    Knitting in Kenya

    About a month ago I recieved an email from a woman who works with the organization I. N. Network International Needs USA. She told me that she had recently used my beginning knitting pattern “Its a Cinch Head Wrap” to teach some women in Kenya how to knit. I was so excited to hear more so I wrote her back asking for details and another woman from I. N. Network sent me the whole story. I was so moved by the email and photos she sent me that I thought I would share. It is so overwhelming to have something I created used to help women in need. Thank you,…

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    “Smock it to Me” Head Wrap

    “All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.” J. R. R. Tolkien {RAVELRY}      $5.00       {ETSY} Created for the bohemian traveler this head wrap is versatile and easy to make. Due to the small size of this project you can knit it on a train or double-decker bus. You can keep the finished head wrap in your purse for the surprise storm or cold spell. It is reversible just in case you aren’t in the mood for the pattern, just turn it inside out for…

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    Inspiration is Everywhere

    I have been waiting to do this post until I was ready to release my newest pattern. My most recent pattern like many others was knit up using Skein Yarns. I knit this head wrap up in her Marino Silk Worsted weight yarn. Colorways from Top Down  1. Inkstone  2. Pastel Sky  3. Wild Apple I also knit this head wrap up in Spartan Merino Worsted which Skein does not offer for sale any more but is very similar (slightly heavier gauge) to Malabrigo Merino Worsted. I used this head wrap in my pattern photos because it best fit the look of the photo shoot. I asked Kristin (the fiber…

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    Sneek Peek

    Coming the end of this week “Smock it to Me” head wrap. Much to my chagrin this pattern is being released long after it should have been. For those who have been waiting…my apologies! My life has been a whirlwind of chaos for the last four months. We are a couple of weeks out from opening the second location of our coffee shop. If you want to keep track of the work I have been doing on the decor of the coffee shop you can check out our tumblr account HERE. So much work to be done. My sister is in town for a short time so we have been…

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    Color Work Knitting

    New home, lots of things happening in my life. Too many to talk about right now. One cool thing is I have been working on color work, for a special project. Because of the nature of the project I can’t show an image of the color work pattern. I can show an image of the back though which makes it look very impressive. Here is an image of another VERY SIMPLE color work pattern I have been working on.   Color work is not difficult if you start out simple. This green is Ginko Sock by Skein Yarn. I first started color work with my stripes head wrap pattern. You…

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    The Girl Who Makes Everything

    So I am packing up my house, box by box. I have had to prioritize my belongings because we will be moving to a much smaller living space. The hardest yet to sort? My yarn! I love it all but some of it has to go. The funniest part of pulling all my stuff out is I realized exactly how much yarn I have. More specifically how much Skein Yarn I have. After staring at the pile of beautifully hand dyed fibers I thought…they deserve a photo shoot…and what the heck, SO DO I! So you can see just how addicted I am to these yarns. Well this might just…

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    Learning New Knitting Stitches

    We are progressing in moving and packing up the house. As I get more and more things packed up I am finding less and less time for big projects. So, I have been working on swatches. Often you need to knit up a swatch to find out if you can match the gauge in a pattern. It seems complicated but if you do it correctly it can make your life SO much easier. Here is an awesome article about swatching for achieving the proper gauge that I found on knitty.com. https://knitty.com/ISSUEspring03/FEATswatchout.html Another reason for swatching is to try out new stitches. Here is a fun one to try all you…

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    Reversible Smocked Hat

    New pattern release! Available for purchase in my Etsy Shop and Ravelry Pattern Store. Ready, set, smock! Reminiscent of a gnome hood, this smock pattern beanie appears complex but is actually quite easy to create—and the best part is it’s reversible! Choose your favorite side before you attach the pom pom, or leave it off and choose each time you put it on! The pattern includes a video tutorial for the smock stitch so even a beginner can make this hat! {buy now} If you are nervous that you cannot complete this look simply check out this Video Tutorial to see how easy it is!