Nat Raedwulf says her designs typically arise from a specific need – often one identified in the midst of an adventure. Whether she’s at home or on vacation, she’ll drop everything else and follow that inspiration. It almost always leads her to a local yarn shop! Nat’s Wildlings Toddler Leg Warmers are the perfect example… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Wildlings Toddler Leg Warmers by Nat Raedwulf
When it comes to designing, Linda Gavaldon sees herself as a problem-solver. She starts with an idea that’s a bit out of the ordinary and then gets to work -- playing around with different stitches, layouts and colors until it matches her vision. She’s particularly creative when it comes to designing personalized baby blankets. Linda’s… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Baby Cakes by Linda Gavaldon
If you’ve ever knit (or shopped) for a little boy, you’ve probably noticed that there’s a real deficit in terms of selection and style. Designer Renee Lorion is helping to change that with her brand, Tot Lot, offering a collection of handknitting patterns that she’s coined “hip knit duds for little dudes.” Renee’s Twisted Rib… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Twisted Rib Cardigan by Renee Lorion
Linda Courtney’s love of knitting started with a gift for a friend. She was twelve at the time, and she really wanted to knit a sweater for her best friend who was moving away. She hasn’t put down her needles since! As a designer, Linda continues to find inspiration in creating gifts for others. But… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Earbuds by Linda Courtney
Between homeschooling three children, keeping two blogs and publishing knitting patterns, Christine Guest spends a lot of time at her local library. So much time, in fact, that library’s architecture actually inspired a recent design! “I noticed that the windows have the decoration of a square with an x and a cross, so I started… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Library Window Watchcap by Christine Guest
Mary Triplett’s latest design was something of a personal challenge. She often sews teddy bears for people, but this time she wanted to see if she could knit a teddy bear on a blanket using a variety of stitches. “I even had to invent some new stitches because I couldn't find a stitch that worked… Continue reading Knitter’s Spotlight: Baby’s First BFF by Mary Triplett
Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Spinning Yarns in New Hampshire for a day. I got to know Margot (the owner), Kerri, and Dianna (Margot’s mom!). It was so wonderful! I joined in on their morning class where everyone brought the project they were working on. All of the knitters were helping each other and sharing ideas. It… Continue reading Emily Explains: Torrey’s Rib Pattern
A few years ago, I was working in a yarn shop when one of our most frequent customers came in with a pattern question. She was an excellent knitter and had tackled lots of challenging projects, but her question that day was a very simple one. She pulled out an almost-completed sweater worked from the… Continue reading Ask Amanda: What does “bind off in pattern” mean?
Remember what it was like before you learned how to read? Every time I wanted to know what something said, I’d have to ask my mom or dad. Letters looked like weird scribbles, and I was always in awe of older kids and their almost magical ability to decipher writing. In the same way learning… Continue reading Ask Amanda: Which side of my knitting is the right side?