New Yarns: Glorious Gradients

We have two beautiful new gradient yarns arriving in yarn shops for your Spring/Summer knitting and crocheting. They are similar, but also quite different. First is Ella Rae brand “Rustic Lace Quad“. This fingering weight yarn is a 75% Lambswool, 25% Silk blend. This yarn is certified organic and from non mulesed wools. As you…

Winter Technique Musings

My “Breathless Wrap” is off to a roaring start! I’ve knit all of five rows on the swatch. LOL I’m not sure what has been cutting into my knitting time. Winter is the perfect time to hunker down and work on a complicated project like the “Breathless Wrap.” In the spring I might be outside…

Twist Collective: Thunderbolt Pullover

Have you seen the new issue of “Twist Collective“? Twist Collective is an online-only knitting magazine. As with knitting magazines you can get in print form, this one has articles and beautiful patterns you can knit. Except, it is all online. No need to go hunting for it in the magazine rack. The January 2018…

Picking Projects

How do your organize your knitting and crocheting to-do lists? How do you select the next project you are going to make? My brilliant idea of pulling a pattern name out of a hat to select my next project might not be compatible with my personality! After I finished my “Selina Cardigan” over the weekend…

Finished: Selina Cardigan

It has been a year and a week in the making, but I finished my Selina Cardigan! My first finished project of 2018. Of course it wasn’t a year of hands-on knitting. As I admitted in my last post, this project got put aside for many months last year. But once I returned to it…

New Noro: Nishiki

The new yarns for Spring/Summer 2018 are starting to arrive in yarn shops. First up is NORO “Nishiki“. This worsted weight yarn is a 77% Cotton, 23% Polyamide blend. That’s right, another NORO yarn that doesn’t contain wool! As you can probably guess from the fiber content, Nishiki is wonderfully soft. It will be great…

New Year Yarn Goals

Did you set any knitting or crocheting goals for 2018? Maybe a project you want to finish or a technique you want to learn. Or even just devoting more time to your crafts. There was a meme going around on New Year’s Day that said “May 2018 be the year you finish the projects you…

Finished: Bonfire Night

My “Bonfire Night” poncho is finished! It is my last finished project of 2017 since I finished it on New Year’s Eve. For some reason it took forever to take pictures. This was a relatively quick project, taking a little over a week to complete. The KFI Luxury Collection “Albina” yarn is very soft. The…

WIP: Bonfire Night

My “Bonfire Night” poncho is coming along nicely. I think I’m on the last two colors of my ball of KFI Luxury Collection “Albina” yarn, which means it will be time to bind off soon. (The center of the ball is pretty dense, so there might be three colors hiding in there.) This has project…

Casting On: Bonfire Night

Despite having just finished knitting a small shawl, and discovering a second small shawl in my closet (winter is the time for upending my basket of hand knit accessories), I’m still fixated on small, fast projects to cover my shoulders. After finishing my NORO Kotori shawlette earlier this week I cast on for the “Bonfire…

Small Shawls

As I was reveling in having warm shoulders because I was wearing my NORO Kotori shawlette, I remembered I have another little NORO shawl I can add to the rotation. This is what happens when you are a knitter. You fill your closet with pretty hand knit accessories and lose track of what you own!…

Finished: Kotori Shawlette

I finished knitting my “Age of Brass and Steam” shawl Wednesday night. Here it is, fresh off the needles, before I blocked it. The pattern has you knitting four of the eyelet and garter bands, but I was able to knit only three. I’m not worried about it. Most of the people who will see…