malabrigo mitts

Nov 29th, 2009 crafts, knitting

I decided I wouldn’t do much, if any, knitting for holiday gifts this year. Between knitting and spinning projects for myself, paid sample knitting, and keeping up with the weekly motif swatches, my available crafting time is pretty much booked up.  Since I like to have knitting as a relaxing and inspiring hobby that benefits me, it’s counterproductive to overdo it with too many deadlines…

Skyline Hat

Nov 24th, 2009 patterns

At first, I was considering holding onto this design, to launch it in February to celebrate my blog’s third anniversary, but I just can’t contain it any longer. Thanks to the suggestions of several fans of the Skyline Mittens pattern, I’m proud to release the pattern for the matching hat! I just love the way the Skyline motif played out in hat form. To my…

the key

Nov 24th, 2009 motif monday
knitted swatch of key motif

The key to knitting these intarsia motifs is: bobbins. I don’t wind my yarn onto actual bobbins, but I use several different strands to serve their purpose. In lieu of physical bobbins, I just cut the working yarns into several lengths: long enough to hopefully not run out before the swatch is done, but short enough to easily untangle with a few simple tugs. Especially…

crtl + S

Nov 18th, 2009 spinning, tutorials

So, I spent several hours yesterday making and editing video for a tutorial. My big plan was to launch my series of video knitting/fiber tutorials with today’s post! It turns out, iMovie ’09 has a known problem – I can’t even call it a bug at this point – where it lacks the “Save” function. It’s supposed to be this seamlessly updating process wherein you…

nigiri sushi

Nov 16th, 2009 motif monday
knitted sushi (nigiri)

I think I’ve said before that I’m trying not to do too many food images for the Motif Monday series. Now I know why I should stick to that intention… Working on this swatch and writing this post is making me hungry! I’m a huge sushi fan, and if you are too, then today’s Motif should be instantly recognizable for you. Nigiri sushi pieces are…