Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

Getting ready for TNNA!

Woah! How did that happen? TNNA is just around the corner, and I'm getting really excited. Teresa and I will be there with some of our Great Northern samples to share, and will be taking pre-orders for the book.

In the meantime, we're knitting away on our sweater designs, planning the photoshoot, and getting things set up for printing the book.

Here's a little peek of my most recent completed design, Filled With Secrets, knit in Fancy Tiger Crafts Heirloom Romney.


Will you be at TNNA? We'd love to say hi!

Our sweater samples will be in the following booths, make sure to check them out when you're walking around the show floor.


  • Shibui will have my Too Dreamy sample, knit in Cima
  • Elemental Affects will have the Filled With Secrets sample, shown above (the fabulous Jeane from Elemental Affects produces Fancy Tiger's Heirloom Romney yarn)
  • Mrs. Crosby will have From Another Place, knit in Steamer Trunk. We are trying to get the Crop Top in the fashion show, cross your fingers! 
I hope to see you there! Tweet @rubysubmarine or @canarysanctuary to holler at us. Let's get a beer and knit!


Monday, April 18, 2016

Yarn for Great Northern

I've gotten quite a few requests to share the full list of yarns we're using for Great Northern, so click over to our site to see pattern previews and check out which gorgeous yarns are being used in which patterns!

Teresa and I are still knitting away on our samples, and will have more test knitting opportunities soon.










Friday, April 1, 2016

Damn Fine YarnContest Info!

YarnCon is this weekend!!!

Bring your #damnfineyarncontest entries to the contest table on the first floor to enter BEFORE 2pm on Saturday (for the following categories: Accessories, Twin Peaks Prop, and Use of Handspun) or 12pm on Sunday (for Toy and Garment). You CAN bring your entries early! If you want to enter a Sunday category, you can drop it off on Saturday.

For those of you who have some questions, this may help:

YarnCon site
Directions to the show
Damn Fine YarnContest FAQs and Rules
Meet the Judges
What's a Twin Peaks Prop? (and more Twin Peaks props)

I hope to see you there! For those of you playing along at home, follow my instagram for contest posts! Comment and heart your favorite entries to help them win!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Learn to Crochet with me

I love to crochet. It's fast, adaptable, improvisational, versatile... I could gush further. With one hook and some yarn, you can create anything. For a couple years, I made these guys to sell and it was pretty dang fun. Approximately 3,200 arms and tentacles flowed off my hook in the last decade.





If you've been itching to try it, consider taking my class. It's going to be a fun guided tour of the fundamentals. I'll get you hooking in no time! 
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Fancy Yarnbomb!

Quick headbands


Patches the Elephant


Monday, March 28, 2016

The New Knit 1 Chicago

Knit 1, the wonderful shop where I work and teach, just moved to a new location... and people, you have to see this place. It's a gorgeous old building, and Lynn has created an airy, beautiful space to showcase the yarn.

During the move... getting everything on the new shelves
I want to go and take some better photos soon, so check back for more. In the meantime, go stop in!

3856 N Lincoln, Chicago (Google doesn't know this yet, but trust me)


Friday, March 25, 2016

Twin Peaks props!

The Damn Fine YarnContest is shaping up to be a ton of fun. Lots of people are asking questions (see the rules and FAQ here) and we've expanded the categories to include weaving and felting (along with knitting and crochet).

Check out Lindy's awesome post explaining the concept of a Twin Peaks prop to the uninitiated. It's a very specific category, I know, but a cult classic like Twin Peaks tends to bring out the creative crafters!

Along with Lindy's fab suggestions, what else can we make for a Twin Peaks prop?

Must make for Twin peaks.:

Well, there's a lot of food-talk on the show. Cherry pie, coffee, donuts, creamed corn, a smoked cheese pig, more coffee, hospital food, brie and butter sandwiches, black coffee, coconut, diner food, coffee with fish in it...



There are so many fun possibilities!


YarnCon begins April 2nd... get your entries ready!!!