Looking for that last-minute hand-made gift idea? Here'ss a round up of project ideas that won't take more than an evening or afternoon or two. Easy, fast projects, like the Sparrow Mitts, shown above, knit in Berroco North Star (substitute Catena if you're not an Alpaca fan). Most hats are quick knits but these are double-quick! Rook,… Continue reading Last-Minute-Knits you can make today
My heart skipped a beat when I opened my email the other day and saw these gorgeous mittens knit by Churchmouse Yarn and Teas. The Hanne Mittens are a free pattern from the Knitbits newsletter—they take just 1 skein each of two colors of Berroco Ultra Alpaca or Ultra Alpaca Tonal. You can download the… Continue reading Holiday Gifts you still have time to knit: Mittens
When my son was born, I decided to knit him a stocking. He was born in late November and in the foggy haze of those first days with a newborn, I started knitting a stocking that, due to some questionable gauge and design choices, took me a full 2 years to complete. Stranded color work… Continue reading Holiday Stockings you still have time to knit
Looking for a fun project to do this holiday break with little ones? We introduced free finger puppet patterns in this week's KnitBits as something quick to make but loads of fun to play with. Each finger puppet is introduced below along with links to helpful how-to videos on techniques you'll learn/need to know. First meet Holly… Continue reading Emily Explains: Finger Puppets!
This week I think I have holiday brain. My mind rapidly jumps around as I think about the many things I'm juggling at work and the things I'm hoping to do for fun. When I sat down to write today's blog post my mind turned blank. What on earth can I help you all with today?!… Continue reading Emily Explains: How-To Make Last Minute Mistletoe!
Are you knitting any gifts this year? Every year I promise myself I won't this time, but every year I get a gentle nudge from a friend or family member who would really appreciate it and I end up knitting into the 11th hour of the holiday season. So what is the perfect gift? For… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Super-Quick Gift Knitting
As soon as I cast off my last Hanne mitten, I wanted to make the pattern into hat. Actually, I want to turn it into multiple hats, because I can't stop thinking of different variations and colorways that I want to experiment with. The Hanne mittens are written for Berroco Ultra Alpaca or Berroco Ultra Alpaca Tonal, either yarn also… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: How to Turn Your Mittens into a Hat
This post could also be called "What To Do On the Snow Day Before Valentine's Day," as this is a good crafty project to do with kids. String hearts are good projects for all ages, so my first-grader and I teamed up to document the process step-by-step. Prepare Your Glue We used a… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: No-Knit Yarn Valentines
Today, February 2nd, is Groundhog day, the day when according to some a Groundhog (AKA Woodchuck... AKA Marmots) will wake up from hibernation, look out of his hole and predict the length of winter. According to the contributors to Wikipedia, rodents are accurate predictors of the weather 39% of the time. Which is not an impressive… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Marmot Day
December has flown by with work, friends and creative projects. I love the holidays so much, but this year I haven't had the time to decorate my home. I didn't even get around to finding the perfect tree until late last night. I got home from a long day of work and holiday worries and knew… Continue reading Emily Explains: How To Make Holiday Trees!