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What’s the deadline for sent projects? I *might* have time

September 1st is the send-out date, so participants have the entire month of August for knitting!

Darn. I’m not going to be able to do it. Any followers? Knit-swaps are incredibly fun!




I have one spot that just opened up in the hat/sock knitswap! If you missed your chance to sign up earlier and you still want to participate, please send me a message ASAP and I can give you the link to the survey!

Conditions for spot:

1. Looking for an American knitter OR an international knitter that doesn’t mind sending to an American address.

2. Has no preference on whether they receive a hat or socks.

What’s the deadline for sent projects? I *might* have time


NeSpoon is a street artist from Warsaw, Poland. Her artistic focus is on the intricate patterns of lace, and breaking its granny stereotype by using it to beautify gritty urban spaces. NeSpoon calls her artistic approach the “jewellery of the public space”:

Jewellery makes people look pretty, my public jewellery has the same goal, make public places look better.

NeSpoon often uses the usual spray paint and stencils of enlarged lace patterns to produce her works on the street via

artist find at Lustik

(via 10pointstojessie)


Stitch, please

friendsarecroutons said: Have you ever knit socks before? I look up a ton of patterns and youtube tutorials and it looks seriously difficult! I attempted making them on dpns and magic loop method but it is just too hard. Any tips? (I have knit scarves and hats and would say I'm a beginner-medium knitter)


ha. so yes I have knitted socks. I was a strictly scarf only knitter before I found socks. I learned all the staple knitting skills with socks: working in the round, increasing, decreasing, short rows, and grafting. My first sock paved the way for all my future knitting projects. It took me from a novice knitter to an lower advanced.

When it comes to socks (and hats and gloves and other small circular garments) there are two types of knitters: Those who swear by DPNs and those who wish DPNs would die in a fiery hell (5!?! Why do you need 5 needles!?! How do you keep track of them!?!).

I prefer DPNs as magic loop method has always eluded me so my recommendation is definitely to learn on DPNs.

Even more specific to socks, there are two types of knitters: the toe-uppers and the cuff-downers. Pretty self explanatory. There are specific heel types that go with each. Figuring out which you prefer is a matter of knitting both types, seeing which fits your foot better, and aesthetically how you want it to look. My preference is cuff-down sock with a heel flap.

Anyhoo onto tips:

-If you haven’t used DPNs, go for a cuff-down. By the time you get to the complicated new stuff you’ll have a handle on how to handle your DPNs

-Unless you want slippers, use sock weight yarn. Yarn thicker than sock weight you won’t be able to wear with shoes.

-Use self-striping yarn. Its fun, and gives you little goals (I’ll knit until I reach blue again!) especially if you’ve never used yarn as thin as sock yarn before

-Go for a basic ribbed cuff and stockinette sock. Don’t do anything fancy with your first pair as you need to get a handle on the basic construction first. This is also why you go with self-striping yarn. Makes the sock still interesting. 

-I personally don’t bother with stitch markers with socks (cause I personally don’t have markers small enough). Just keep your tail longish and have more stitches on your last needle so you know whats what. Plus you move around stitches quite a bit by the time you get to the heel and gusset

-Here’s a nifty page with photos of different sock construction!

-And here is my NUMBER 1 recommended sock tutorial for beginners. Silver’s sock class. Tons of photos and easy to understand explanations. The site has three different methods for you to choose from.

Youtube is a pretty good medium for learning, but it’s easy to get frustrated with it cause the person will move on too fast and you end up pausing, rewatching, pausing, rewatching, pausing rewatching ect. Photos plus words. You can print it, keep it as a pdf and reference it whenever and at your own pace. 

Hope this helps and good luck!!


Stitch, please

kaffee-tante said: I have been following your post for a while now and one of you post i really like. Is the Free Friday Pattern by Yarn house studio . I do not understand the instructions could u dumb it down for me a little. It really would be a big help. Thanks Sorry it does not let me put in a link but it`s in your posts from the July 26.

Howdy there. You’re referring to Poncho Top by Sara Mrdalo and Eyolegy i Garoi

So I’ve read thru the pattern and it seems like a pretty good first sweater pattern. If you’re not familiar with basic sweater construction, however, you might want to pick something else (I suggest $5 in Paris on revelry). The skills you need to know before doing this are: knitting in the round, seaming, working with yarn overs, ribbing, increasing, and decreasing.

This is a top down sweater with a V-neck band. The band is make first and then seamed together. Side stitches are picked up to start working in the round. Here is where you place your stitch markers: One on either side of each sleeve, one for center front, and one for center back. These are important so make sure they’re place correctly and you’ll never have to count stitches for the rest of it. 

From here you’re doing a lot of stuff at the same time. Give yourself a cue for when you need to do something. Cue: Color change, what to do: yarn over row. Cue: On an odd number row, what to do: increase on either side of each marker. Cue: have worked 12 rows of one color, what to do: switch colors. Cue: 4 total stripes of pink (main color), what to do: set aside stitches for sleeves. I always write each of these on small post it notes on top of my pattern and keep tallies for each row I’ve finished to keep track of everything.

Once the torso is finished you then go back and work on the sleeves. You’ll close the gap in the armpit area by picking up side stitches and knitting those into the grey (contrasting color) ribbed arm band. The model’s arms are tucked in so you really can’t see the shape of the garment, but according to the pattern it will have a really big arm hole and the technical “sleeve” part is just that last grey band on the arms. 

I hope this helps! I find when I read through a pattern for the first time, sections will be confusing until I’m actually there with my WIP. As things knit out you’ll understand what the author is trying to say.


Stitch, please

cas-bby-i-need-you said: Can I ask what pattern you used for that hat? I love it so much.

The pattern is called Capucine by Adela Illichmanova and is available via revelry download!



More Sweater 19.

Available on awkward.

(via madamedefargeknits)




I made

A wool/angora mix hat

While living in California

During 100 degree weather

I am one bored idiot.

That is a very cute hat.  How much yarn did the little twisty bits take? 

Not very much at all! I did a foot and a half maybe two feet lengths of yarn. 10 white and one teal. I pulled it thru the corner and halved it and then just spun it like any hank of yarn.

A more color accurate photo of the angora hat.

A more color accurate photo of the angora hat.


I made

A wool/angora mix hat

While living in California

During 100 degree weather

I am one bored idiot.


Help Fund Modern Dance!

Hey tumblr,

I’m a part of a really cool modern company called Off Kilter Dance and we are getting ready to perform Cake: a delicious evening of modern dance, in exploration of our relationships to love and cake. It’s a really cool, funny, and heartwarming show but we need some helping funding all these cakes we’re dancing with!

Patrons of the arts and art enthusiasts, if you could help us out at our CAKE! Fund Anything site we’d be forever grateful. 

And if you are located in the Sacramento, CA area I highly encourage you to come to the show! Along with dance, there will be poetry, and yes, cake to be eaten!

Photo credit: Altered Perception Photography

[and now back to your regularly scheduled knitting blog]


Five Thousand


Incredibly, a few weeks ago this blog eclipsed the five thousand followers mark. I am so incredibly happy, and humbled, that you are all here!

I can’t do a giveaway to mark the occasion because I gave away all my extra yarn a few months ago on this blog’s first anniversary. ;) But in lieu of a…

Holy Moley 5000! Congrats!