• Pilling Problems With Malabrigo Merino Worsted Yarn?

    December 20, 2016 Kate

    Let’s have a chat about yarn. And pilling. I knit this lovely Brooklyn Tweed Bray Cap a year ago from Malabrigo’s Merino Worsted yarn, and while it continues to be my favourite hat, it’s started to pill considerably. Which is a bummer. I loved how ‘crisp’ it looked when I first made it. Now with…

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  • Yes, Hand Knit Socks Are Totally Worth It

    October 18, 2016 Kate

    Well, I did it! I made socks. They may have taken me months to finish, and I may have been thisclose to giving up on more than one occasion, but I did it! And I’m so glad because these are the comfiest things to have ever graced my feet. Going into it I was all, “There’s…

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  • Learn How To Make An Embroidered Knit Pillow

    July 21, 2016 Kate

    Guess what! I just posted my very first video tutorial over on Skillshare, showing you how to make this embroidered knit pillow. Here’s a link where you can sign up for free until Sunday July 31st (no Skillshare membership needed, no credit card on sign up). After that promo period you’ll need a membership to access…

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  • My Tunisian Crochet Pillow, An Update

    March 22, 2016 Kate

    Sigh. I’m sorry to say my fears have come true. Only a couple months in and this pillow is pilling like nobodies business and looks, well, Bleh. I made this Tunisian Crochet Pillow Cover about five months ago using Wool And The Gang’s Crazy Sexy Wool. From the outset I had my concerns about how the yarn…

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  • My Overdyed Roku Hat

    March 8, 2016 Kate

    Behold, the functional beanie. After the disappointment that was the Harper Hat I found a few people recommending the Roku Hat as an easy, smartly designed, and classic beanie pattern. It didn’t disappoint. It knit up quickly and I love that it’s totally reversible. Not that I really need to be able to turn my…

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  • Learning How To Spin On A Wheel, My First Skein

    March 1, 2016 Kate

    About a year ago I took that Intro to Spinning class at the Knit Cafe and learned how to spin on a drop spindle. Since then I’ve gotten on a wheel (!!) and I just finished plying my first skein (!!!). I found the transition pretty natural, from drop spindle to wheel, and have so enjoyed…

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  • Brooklyn Tweed’s Bray Cap

    February 8, 2016 Kate

    This pattern is magic. Let’s just start and end there. After the Harper Hat flop I needed something to restore my faith in hat making so I did what any sensible knitter would do, scrolled through Grainline’s Ravelry. I loved Jen’s Bray Cap but thought it looked pretty ambitious for my skillset. Her writeup was super positive though, saying how ‘surprisingly quick’ it was. I…

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  • Over Dyeing Yarn With Acid Dye

    December 15, 2015 Kate

    Have you ever found yourself in a different country on an accidental yarn crawl surrounded by sales and selection your not emotionally equipped to handle so you black out then a few hours later you find yourself being laughed at by border security who can’t believe you spend “How much?!” on yarn and fabric in 36 hours? Oh…

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  • A (Frogged) Harper Hat

    December 3, 2015 Kate

    Well this was not a great entry into hat knitting, let’s just start there. I was looking for a simple ribbed toque using fingering weight yarn and after what felt like extensive research this was the top pick. I wanted something really thin because I felt like my head would be less likely to overheat… is…

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  • Learning to Weave On A Floor Loom, My First Sampler

    November 19, 2015 Kate

    Here’s the sampler I wove in the Weaving Course I recently blogged about. It was my first time on a floor loom so it really is just that, a sampler, a series of experiments and mistakes and tiny victories. It will serve as a great reference guide for future project as it’s really just a quilt of…

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