Weekly Fave! A Sweater for the Space Nerd

Interweave Knits Winter 2019 has hit the newsstands. Inspired by the sciences, this issue’s projects are dedicated to all the nerdy professionals. I’m going to add Saturn’s Rings Pullover on my “to knit” list. It’s made with two strands of fine weight yarn held together, Rowan’s Fine Lace and Kidsilk Haze. The magic is in…

The Need to Make Things With Our Hands

During a recent vacation to London, I purchased a new book entitled Craftfulness by Rosemary Davidson and Arzu Tahsin. It’s a timely work and supports what I believe about the pursuit of crafting and its relationship to creativity. Creativity is in all of us; and by discovering what this might be (if you haven’t already),…

Tips to Adapting Vintage Knitting Patterns

  I adore retro looks, particularly those from the 1950s and early 1960s. Vintage hand knit dresses and suits are among my favorites. Knitting your own reproductions from old patterns is a rewarding experience, not to mention making retro pieces without spending a fortune. If you love vintage hand knit designs, you can replicate them…

Weekly Fave! Casual Cable Knit Sweater

The internet is a wealth of knit designs and patterns, and at times overwhelming. When you do find a designer that elicits ooh’s and ah’s, it’s indeed a great find. That’s how I feel about The Gift of Knitting, a site that features a small but great collection of modern and fashionable knits by Alina…

Knitting Gathered Sleeve Styles – Puff and Leg O’Mutton

  Gathered sleeve styles are found in some designer collections this season. This style is not often seen as a fashion trend; one reason for not popping up in collections is because it’s not the easiest style to wear. Puff sleeves tend to look “girly” and add bulk at the shoulders. That being said, if…

Weekly Fave! Rise of the Dad Knit

Recently, I was on vacation in London, England. In central London,  on every street corner were boxes containing the London Evening Standard, a free daily newspaper. They produce ES magazine, a style insert every month. In the Men’s Style section of ES for October 2018 is the “Rise of the Dad Knit”. So I’m thinking…

Weekly Fave! Classic Rib Pencil Skirt

Knit skirts and dresses are on trend this fashion season. I love a knit skirt; its the ultimate travel and transitional garment to have in your closet. This ribbed classic skirt by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas is made in double knitting Arbor by Brooklyn Tweed. The skirt’s details are simple, a foldover waistband and a…

Weekly Fave! A 3-way Shawl

This gigantic shawl is more of a throw, but it certainly has two more uses, a warm wrap belted around a coat or worn as a scarf. A chevron striped and lace border makes it a stand-out piece of work; knit in a light DK merino and alpaca blend . Perfect for cold winter days…