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Spring BOGO, New Mitten Patterns, and I Yarn Bombed A Horse. I Really Did.


I’ve been busy this winter but unable to tell you about it! Let me catch you up. I’ve been making videos. My favourite so far is this one on how to pick up stitches for no-gap thumbs. I keep reading how it’s impossible, but it so isn’t. In the video, I show you exactly how […]

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How You Can Learn to Be the Best Knitter Ever


Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. 😉 But seriously, I’m teaching knitting classes! And in each one, no matter what the topic, I want my students to learn all the little tips and tricks that have taken my own knitting to the next level. I want them to know that they can knit anything. So […]

Diving into Craftsy


I’ve just signed up for a Craftsy class!  I noticed that they’re having a sale this weekend for Black Friday, where you can sign up for courses for half price.  (Thanks, Twitter!)  So, I followed the link to see what they offered. Well, what do you know?  They had a class that looked like it would answer […]

Pattern Writing for the Uninitiated


Have you ever wondered what goes into writing a pattern?   Here is my process, mostly. Get inspired!  Pick up yarn and start knitting.  Maybe make sketches first, maybe not. Get really excited as things come together nicely, making notes as you go. OR, Get really frustrated and rip things out that just refuse to […]

Cozy Fall, Cozy Knitting


There’s a chill in the air around here, and the leaves have been turning rusty shades of sun-kissed orange and red, and a switch has flipped in my brain.  I’m knitting cables. I picked up a gorgeous skein of Fleece Artist Blue-Faced Leicester Aran on sale at a local yarn shop in the summer.  It’s […]

Arm Warmers of Indecision


When I first started knitting, my mom rolled her eyes at me a lot because I was too stubborn to knit mittens from a pattern.  I wanted her to show me how to increase and decrease and let me figure it out myself.  After a bunch of horrible, disastrous, misshapen attempts, I made mittens.  I […]



So I just learned this great new way to work short rows from Cat Bordhi. She taught a class called Cat’s Sweet Tomato Heels a couple weekends ago during a four-day Cat-class-stravaganza hosted by my local knitting guild, and I’m so glad I went. Cat’s new method of working short rows is phenomenal. There are […]

Meeting Cat Bordhi


I must admit, I was so nervous the morning I woke up to go to my first Cat Bordhi class.  I had already read her book New Pathways for Sock Knitters cover to cover; in fact, that was the book I picked up when I wanted to learn how to knit socks for the first […]

Super Mario Charts


Feel free to use these two charts in any of your knitting projects! I had some fun making them up. 🙂 I have no idea what the copyright is for any of the Super Mario characters, so obviously these are free, and I imagine you should only use them in your own work and not […]

Mighty Warrior


I just finished up this chemo cap for a small friend of mine. It’s a bit of a merge between Kate Oates’ free Cheery Scrap Cap pattern and my own viking horn design, with some modifications thrown in. I’m pretty pleased with the result. 🙂 If you’re interested in making a similar one, here’s how […]