• To All The Knits I’ve Loved Before

    January 17, 2019 Kate

    Well, well, well. What do we have here. If it isn’t… the year Kate heretofore nominated as the one she will give YouTube an honest go. Let me be clear: this video is not “quality content”, and I sure as heck have a thing or two to learn about lighting and focus (and apparently sound…

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  • 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 you’re 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 spent “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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