Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Download a FREE eGuide for Knitting Sweaters

Happy sweater knitting season! You're probably already planning your sweater knitting for the cold, yucky days of January. (I'm starting as soon as I get all these holiday knitting projects off my needles!)

To celebrate sweater knitting, Craftsy just released a FREE eGuide to sweater knitting, featuring some of my posts.

Download your free eGuide here!

(Note that this is an affiliate link, and I will be compensated if you download the free eGuide.)

The eGuide includes everything from sweater yoke ideas to different construction methods for sweaters. It's great for every level of knitter -- yes, you CAN knit a sweater if you're a beginner! -- so don't be intimidated.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

What to Do If You Run Outta Yarn at the End of a Knitting Project

The Imposter Shawl I showed you a few weeks ago certainly wasn't perfect. Why? I ran out of yarn with about eight stitches left to bind off.

I didn't have any more of the Malabrigo Purple Majesty yarn, so instead I dug through my stash to find a similar color. The yarn I found was not the same weight, nor was it really the same color. But it worked.

You can't really tell unless you look at it up close -- which almost no one ever does. (I'm letting you look up close because I know you won't judge me.)

For those of you who want to make sure this doesn't happen to you, Knit Oasis just blogged this awesome tip for estimating yarn for binding off.

Next time you run out of yarn and you're at the very end of a project, don't go out and buy a whole other skein. Improvise. I promise no one will notice -- and if they do, stick your tongue out at them!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ta Da! Finished Imposter Shawl from Creativebug

I'm notorious for starting knitting projects and never finishing them (the wrap sweater that's been sitting in my stash for ten years, for example). But I spotted the Imposter Shawl and something hit me.

I finished it in less than two weeks.

Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Purple Mystery
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Last-Minute Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Happy Halloween! If you wait until the last minute to decorate like I did, you might get some inspiration from the pumpkin carvings that are hanging out on our front porch.

My friend Stephanie of Darned Ideas carved this feather design free-hand. She thinned out the pumpkin walls with a scooper so the light would shine through even more.
I carved this yarn and knitting needle design with help from this Craftsy carving tutorial. There's a template you can download, too!
Alex said he hadn't carved a pumpkin since he was a kid. He used this bass stencil to carve his pumpkin. Some of the parts fell off -- hee hee -- so we just T-pinned them back with the pins we used to poke the design.

Since Stephanie lives in an apartment building, she let us keep her pumpkin at our place. Here's a shot of all our happy pumpkins, plus our other fall decor. Our dog keeps watch over everything to make sure no one messes with our stuff!

Happy Halloween! Did you carve a pumpkin this year?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Win a Copy of Chunky Knits for Craft Book Month! (CLOSED)

I can't believe it's already Craft Book Month again! This year is extra special because I'm celebrating with a few projects from my own craft book, Chunky Knits: 31 Projects for You & Your Home Knit with Bulky Yarn, to be released October 14th. And guess what? You can win your very own copy! Skip to the Rafflecopter to enter, and take a look at some projects from the book on your way down there.

Congrats to Josie S., the winner of her very own copy of Chunky Knits!


Friday, August 22, 2014

Take a FREE Craftsy Class!

Obviously, I'm all about Craftsy. I write knitting, crochet, and sewing posts for their blog, plus I use Craftsy for my own personal craft obsession.

If you've never tried Craftsy's classes, now's the time! Craftsy offers free mini classes to give you a little taste of what it's like to learn via video. Here's the full list of Craftsy free mini classes to choose from, and here are a few of my favorites:

Note that the links in this post are affiliate links. If you enroll in any of the classes, I will receive compensation.

I'm ashamed to admit it, but even with 5+ years working at Martha Stewart under my belt, I still didn't know how to properly chop an onion. The Complete Knife Skills class shows you how, plus talks about different types of knives and how to use them. It's super handy, even if you're just cooking for yourself.

The best part about this class is when Deb takes you to the market to see all the adorable sheep. Of course, Know Your Wool is also awesome for helping you pick out wool for your next knitting project. You'll know ahead of time whether that pretty merino is going to pill or be itchy!

For me, one of the biggest sewing challenges is inserting a zipper. I like to refer back to this Mastering Zipper Techniques class whenever I run into an issue, so that I can ensure I won't have to break out that seam ripper again.

None of these classes tickle your fancy? See the full list of Craftsy free mini classes here, including classes in cooking, photography, and more. Have fun!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Super Quick DIY: How to Hide an Ugly Wall

Alex and I just moved into a house that was built in 1905. Though we love the house, there are a few quirks. Translation: we have some slanted floors, a few very odd closets, and some ugly walls.

There's one particular place where the stairs create a little slant in the wall. Alex thought it would be cool to put something there, but everything we had, including a few canvas paintings, were too heavy. Fortunately, fabric saved the day.

We dug through my fabric stash and found a piece of fabric we both loved. (It's an Anna Maria Horner fabric from her Innocent Crush collection.) I sewed a little 1/2" hem around the entire piece, and then we just tacked it to the wall. The whole thing took less than 15 minutes!

How do you hide ugly walls?