How Not to Pick a Project

I got the Tahki Stacy Charles newsletter today, and there is a free pattern for download for a pretty cute little summer cardigan called Renata. There is also a video of the garment where you can see a 360 degree view of it on a model. A model who keeps her arms deliberately down at…

Playing Lessons

A long time ago, a knitter once asked me about “playing lessons” for knitting. I had no idea what playing lessons were.  She explained that the term comes from golfing, and a playing lesson is where you go out and actually play a round of golf with your teacher.  Since many people learn best by…

Ribbing Solutions: Clean Color Changes

If you purl on the RS of the work, on the first row of a new color, you’ll end up with the new color showing up as purl “bumps” or “blips” in the old color. If you want a clean color change in ribbing – or any time you have a purl st involved in…

Show Stopper, Indeed

OK, I cannot resist posting this vintage gem – even though this is CROCHET, not knitting (and I think knitters all over the globe can all be thankful for that). I truly believe this picture deserves a better fate than being hidden away in an old book. The item originally appeared with this text: Show…

How to “Steal” Ideas

A book I have called “Steal Like An Artist” says, “Nothing is original, so embrace influence, collect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path.” My “Sassy” sweater is a perfect example of this kind of re-mixing.  It started out as a version of Jenna Adorno’s “Tempting“, which was originally published in Knitty’s…