Make Your Gauge Swatch Work For You

You can get a lot more out of your gauge swatch than just your stitch and row count. Knitting a gauge swatch can be an annoying part of knitting. I get it, you get it. You just want to knit the project — and often, we’re not knitting something where the size has to be…

Bamboo, Blends, and New Yarn

Impulse buys and spring yarn planning. I went into Joann’s a couple nights ago, intending to pick up some sock yarn and left with sock yarn plus a whole bag of new Lion Brand yarns. I’m really excited about these colors and fibers and have so many project ideas. My haul of new Lion Brand…

WIP Wednesdays – February Close Out

A week late, but all in all a good month! I had very good intentions about posting my last February works in progress (WIP) post on the last Wednesday in February but sometimes life just has other plans. And that’s okay, because I can still share that I knit a lot of things and mostly…

New Cowl

Sometimes I thoroughly enjoy working on an over-sized, completely indulgent knitting project. And I particularly enjoy it when I can play with colors and patterns that I may not want to add to my wardrobe, but will be perfect for someone else. In this case, mom said this yarn called her name at the Maryland…

Long Term Project: A Beekeepers Quilt

In 2007, we moved into our current home in the Remington neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland. I moved in with a fair amount of yarn, including a good amount of fingering weight scrap balls. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with those pretty fingering weight yarn scraps, but I had a hard time with…

A love letter to socks

Over the past year, my life has undergone some major changes. I find myself in the middle of several more. It’s a time of flux, good flux, but flux. One of the most consistent pieces of my life is craft. My craft world is primarily knitting, and even when I flirt with other crafts, I…

Spring in the City: Sailing, Tulips, & Yarn

Spring is slowly coming to Baltimore. As I’m writing this, I can practically feel the rain rolling in and the temperature dropping again. We’ve had a true spring this year, complete with wild temperature fluctuations and plenty of rain. Despite the frequent rain, we’ve been lucky to have sunny weekends so we could get in some of my…

MD Sheep and Wool

It was a questionable for a while there, but it is definitely and finally Spring in Baltimore. And Spring means the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. I really do enjoy looking through all the animal barns and seeing the different sheep, goat, and rabbit breeds. Which, considering there’s no way I’d ever actually live on…

Spring!

Now that three straight days of rain have passed, I think it may actually be Spring in Baltimore. I’ve finished a lot of projects the last couple of weeks and the great weather meant they could be photographed. I finished a spring cardigan in white superwash wool for mom. It took about 8 months of…

Welcoming

Two friends recently welcomed new babies into the world. My favorite way to welcome babies is with knitting so I made each of the babies a cardigan. First up, a navy blue cabled cardigan with little elephant buttons. The elephant buttons are absurdly cute. We  found them at Jo-Anns. I was going for some basic buttons,…