It’s not quite officially fall, but almost. It’s definitely the time that we start thinking about what we want to wear this fall. I know that you and I are mostly not people the trendy type. I mean the whole thing about knitting is that we are creating a carefully curated wardrobe of lovely investment pieces we'll wear for a lifetime. I get that. However, we all want to look current. So I watch the style videos each season and try to interpret the trends for knitters who mainly identify their personal style as classic.
The first collection in Rowan Magazine 74 is My Way, a celebration of the 24th birthday of their most popular core yarn, Rowan Felted Tweed
Wait, what?? 24 years?
Most yarn companies turn their line over every few years. With very few exceptions, the yarns in a line will be gone in a few seasons. Rowan is different in that they maintain a range of core yarns that
A yarn store is a feast for the senses. Lots of texture and visual imagery, but it’s really about the colors. I had a customer, Maria, who said that coming to Crazy for Ewe was like walking into a rainbow. You can choose your favorite color, of course, but the fun really starts when you look at combining colors. It can be intimidating both from the standpoint of how to choose colors that go together, as well as the technical aspect of all the different ways to two or more colors in one project. It’s worth the effort to master both because colorwork can take your creations from simple to spectacular. Let's start by looking at the different ways you can explore different ways to knit with multiple colors, adding a spectrum of visual interest to your next knitting project.
Let’s talk about knitting charts. They’re kind of like Noro in that no one feels half way – you either love them or you hate them. Actually, I think it’s closer to the truth to say you either love them, or you don’t really understand them yet. Because charts are a tool with the power to transform your knitting.
This week Rowan launched their Midwinter Makealong with a series of fun projects to knit along with Martin Storey for the holiday season. We’ve been planning for it since May with kits and classes, and my interview with Martin on our YouTube channel. It would be no surprise if the idea of knitting your holiday gifts had popped into your mind. I know, it’s July, and it’s hot, but if you are serious about knitting gifts, you want to start now.
When my daughter Elizabeth was in her first year of college she learned an eye-opening, mind-blowing concept in theoretical math.
She had always known about infinity - how you can’t ever reach the end of counting because there’s always one more. In this class she learned that there is an infinite number of numbers between zero and one or between one and two, or between any two numbers because you can always divide them one more time.
She was so excited to share this with the whole family. Some of us are more
Our first efforts will not be our best, but we must not be ashamed of them. They are exactly what they should be. They are learning experiences. They are someplace to start. They represent tangible proof our our growing skills
Give yourself permission to embrace the experience of the mistakes because learning only happens in the mistakes.
As you might imagine, I spend a lot of time talking to knitters. Across the board, we all struggle. Whether it's a knowing how to unknit properly, how to pick up stitches, or how to choose what size to knit, there are things we either haven't tried yet, or have tired and not quite gotten it.