The Botanical Scarf Collection

Posted July 27, 2017 by joanmm
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It’s always great to plan ahead and with the holidays always just around the corner, we’ll help you do just that with this excellent deal!

Our new Botanical Scarf Gift Pack comes with three balls of our Stitch Sisterz cashmere in the three colors shown here AND our new Ebook “The Botanical Scarf Collection” which contains patterns for the lovely foliage themed scarves seen below.

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The traditional lace stitch patterns were chosen to give the knitter three progressively more skilled motifs, so you’ll build your skills as well as some wonderful gifts!

Not only that, patterns are written out AND charted using the Stitch-Maps system created by JC Briar (Stitch-maps.com.) This is a wonderful new take on gridless knitting charts that is especially good for those who “just dont get” knitting with charts.

Get the Ebook and three divine balls of squishy, soft cashmere goodness and knit these for yourself or those lucky enough to be designated as knit-worthy..

 

Carly

Posted March 29, 2017 by joanmm
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I was looking for something easy to knit, flattering on my body and reasonably cool to wear on warm days.

So I dreamed up Carly; a lacy waterfall duster that knits up beautifully in any yarn weight from DK to Chunky.

I used worsted weight Avalon (60/40 cotton with nylon) for a lovely garment that keeps its color and shape. Carly is knit on size 10.5US needles and the pattern is easy to memorize.

My Carly was finished and on my back in less than 2 weeks. If you have a special occasion coming up, Carly can be your almost-instant gratification.

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Country Living

Posted May 24, 2016 by joanmm
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About a year and a half ago, we moved from the city to the country. The crime in our old neighborhood was getting a little hard to take and my husband was constantly worrying about our safety.

The country however, has its own issues with safety. There are mountain lions,  coyotes, poisonous snakes, copious amounts of poison oak, even nasty tempered wild boars.

Speaking of the latter,  look at what our dog brought home last week:

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She actually brought home the jawbone first. The creepiness of that was eclipsed when she dragged in the skull itself.

We now live on a rural five acres which makes our place undesirable for Trick-or-Treaters, which is too bad because I would have enjoyed scaring the crap out of them with the dingo’s recent find.

Fast-Tastic Knitting!

Posted November 19, 2015 by joanmm
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Dearest Knitters,

I am so excited about this new Craftsy class, I just want to bust!

First some background:
I am not only a hand knitter, I am also a machine knitter. Years ago when I first started designing for knitting publications, the deadlines came so fast and furious that I had to find something to help speed up my knitting so that I could meet them.
I bought myself a very simple knitting machine and after I’d gotten over the learning curve, it made all the difference in the world. I could do yards of stockinette in literally minutes. Stockinette sleeves for a sweater? 20 minutes. Ditto a sweater back with side shaping and interior darts; done in 20 minutes.
But there is that learning curve and at the time I needed help in the form of lessons. So I bought Susan Guagliumi’s book “Hand Manipulated Stitches for Machine Knitting” and her videotape by the same name. The videotape was especially helpful, as seeing the techniques in motion is key for learning.
 In these lessons I learned everything I needed to know to use my machine which is a simple and basic plastic bed LK 150, and coincidentally is the same machine Susan used in her video to demonstrate.
It’s been about 18 years since discovering Susan and I no longer own a VHS machine, so imagine my delight when I saw her lessons have come to Craftsy!!!!

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“Machine Knitting: Essential Techniques” is the perfect class to take if you already own or are thinking about investing in a simple machine like the one I use. So many knitting machines are purchased and then just stored away under a bed and forgotten, but these lessons will help get you over that learning curve and make your machine an essential part of your knitting repetoire.
Susan takes students through the basics of setting up the machine, showing what the parts do and then takes us right into the knitting. We learn to cast on, increase and decrease, do eyelets for lace, short rows and bind off.
We then take off into some other skills including ribbing, cables, and some alternative cast ons.
Then comes a very important lesson on troubleshooting which will make all the difference in your machine either becoming part of your knitting bag-o’-tricks, or living forlornly under a bed. Learn to fix mistakes, recognize when something is going wrong, take care of cast-on problems and essentially jump over the roadblocks that take the joy out of machine knitting. This is the part of the class that you will refer to over and over and is absolutely worth it’s weight in gold.
Let me just re-iterate, the lessons Susan teaches are for a simple, non-electric, non-computerized model knitting machine. Personally, I enjoy hand knitting too much to get into anything fancier. The machine is there for me to speed up the easy parts of the knitting, and then I hang my project back onto hand knitting needles for the fun/more difficult details.
So dear knitters, if this sounds like the machine knitting class you’ve been wanting to try, get it on sale using this link for a 33% discount.
Happy machine knitting!!

Rockin’ Your Stockins’: Cute and Cabled!

Posted September 17, 2015 by joanmm
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Do you love the look of over-the-knee socks but are a new knitter or DPN (double pointed needle) impaired?

No Need to knit in the round…

Work these beautiful cabled stockings flat on two needles then kitchener a seam up the back! Knit in sport-weight wool, these beauties will keep you cozy through fall and winter.

Here’s the pattern for just $6.75:

Yarn is here.

Cabled Two-Needle stockings

 

 

Whip Your Knits at Lambtown!

Posted September 16, 2015 by joanmm
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If you’ll be in or around Dixon, California the weekend of Oct 3-4, 2015, join me at the Lambtown Fiber Festival for my very popular “Whip Your Knits into Shape” fitting class! Read the description by scrolling down here.

Ready to sign up for classes?

Do it here.

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Sew Your Own Bras!

Posted June 12, 2015 by joanmm
Categories: class workshop, Fashion, lingerie, sexy

I know we’re all knitters here, but I also know that many of us are bi and tri-craftual and have other nifty crafting skills in our bag of tricks.

If you know how to sew on at least an advanced beginner level and wear a difficult-to-fit bra size, then this review is for you!

Personally, I fit this profile in that I’ve sewn my own clothes since I was  teenager and I wear an odd 34H bra size. Clearly I cannot walk into a Walmart and pick up a few bras.

So I bite the bullet, go to my local specialty lingerie shop and spend between $60 and $80 each for bras that will last at the very most, two years.

Imagine my euphoria when I saw this Craftsy class, “Sewing Bras: Construction and Fit”!

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Instuctor Beverly Johnson is a fount of information who has written three books on bra fitting and construction and a retailer who runs Bra Maker’s Supply in Hamilton, Ontario.

She also has a line of patterns, Pin-Up Girls, which she uses in the class. All materials needed are available from her store (they do sell online) and she also gives alternate resources.

Here is just a sampling of the subjects covered in the class:

-Measuring the body and choosing the correct pattern size.

-Choosing an underwire.

-Which fabrics will and will not work.

-Assembly

-Two info-packed lessons on fitting the bra

-Finally, the fun part, embellishing.

And here is another plus: you don’t need any fancy equipment, not even a serger! All that is needed is a basic sewing machine with a zig-zag stitch.

Take a look below at some of the lovely, well-fitting bras that students have made and go check out this class!

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