Monday, February 1, 2016

The Great Northern Knit Along has begun!

We're casting on for Cherry Pie and From Another Place Crop Top today!

My bebeh Cherry Pie

Little tiny Crop Top!

I got a little head start on my crop top. It's looking so good! Here are the colors I'm going to use, it's going to get a little crazy up in here.

Want to join in?? It's not too late! Head over to the Ravelry thread for the sweater you want to knit (see links above), and say hi! To KAL with us, all you have to do is add the project on Ravelry and comment in the thread. I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

First Two(+) Patterns Are Ready!

Our first patterns from Great Northern were released yesterday! All Great Northern Kickstarter backers who gave $18+ will be receiving both of these patterns shortly.

Remember: both these patterns will have KALs starting on February 1. Get your yarn ready!

From Another Place $6
From Another Place Crop Top $6
Cherry Pie $6


You can now pre-order Great Northern! Make sure you get the print and/or digital copy upon publication this October by pre-ordering here.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The first Great Northern KAL!

Wow, we are so close to being able to release our first patterns for Great Northern! Our tech editor is helping us polish off the numbers so everything is good to go when we release Cherry Pie (R) and From Another Place (L) on Tuesday, January 19th.

If you pre-ordered the Great Northern collection through our Kickstarter, you will be receiving both patterns soon (we will contact you about whether you want them emailed or Ravelry gifted next week). If you did not pre-order, you will be able to purchase the patterns through Ravelry starting on Tuesday.

The KAL will begin February 1 and run until March 14.
This 6 week long KAL will guide you through these inaugural Great Northern patterns. Ask questions! Share progress! And even get a chance to win prizes!

Interested in participating? The KALs will be hosted on the Great Northern Ravelry group.

This is the thread for From Another Place.

This is the thread for Cherry Pie. 

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Great Northern quarterly update

In order to keep you informed about our ongoing progress on Great Northern, Teresa and I are posting updates at LEAST once a quarter... you can check out our newest update here!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Happy Holidays!

I'll be taking a little time off between now and Jan 3rd. I hope you are having a wonderful winter!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

YarnTalk Holiday Special 2015

It's a SPECIAL episode of YarnTalk! Heidi, Allyson and I exchange gifts (sort of), Heidi makes a signature YarnTalktail, and  mostly I  we all feature prominently in the blooper reel.

p.s. I promise you that parking ticket was 100% bullshit! I successfully contested it in like 30 seconds.

garter stitch baby hats!

On our upcoming YarnTalk holiday special (jazz hands!), I'll show you what I am working on for gifts this holiday season-- many many tiny hats for adorable tiny humans!

Want to make some? Yeah!

yeah baby marmoset!

Step 1: Make a gauge swatch

As usual, step 1 is make a swatch with your chosen yarn and needles. If you're working with multiple kinds of leftover yarns, just try to make sure they're in the same weight class. When in doubt, go bigger/thicker! Making something for a growing kid, always err on the side of too big.

Step 2: Pick a size and style

My favorite way (and the simplest) is to make rectangular hats that end up having adorable "ears" because of the extra fabric on each side of the head. You can always decrease like a regular hat, shaping the top of the crown by decreasing stitches towards the top (here's a good pattern for knitting flat, shaped baby hats), and then seaming up the fringed (or plain) edges as you would with the rectangular hats.

Once you have your gauge swatch, you can figure out your cast-on number. Multiply your stitch gauge (how many stitches you get in an inch) by either the total head circumference (in inches) if you're making the rectangle the width of the head, or HALF the circumference if you're doing a folded-down version.

Step 3: Knit it!

If you want a fringed hat, just cut the yarn after each row (leaving a 5" tail or so), knot a new yarn onto the cut yarn, and knit the next row. Keep doing that and you get a fringe on each side of the piece.

Go crazy! Have fun!! Happy Holidays.