Knitting Time

It's knitting time, isn't it? The days are noticeably shorter, and the nights a bit cooler (although we seem to be getting our share of late-summer humidity here in NH - holding out for those crisp, idyllic autumn days!). In spite of the less-than-ideal temperatures and air pressure, I still got out my knitting needles and have been trying to make time for a few different projects. Here's what I'm working on: 

Image copyright Brooklyn Tweed

Image copyright Brooklyn Tweed

Lolo by Jared Flood. Ever heard of Brooklyn Tweed? If you haven't, and you're a knitter/crocheter, you gotta get over there FAST. They've got some gorgeous yarns, and some REALLY gorgeous patterns. I love their stuff so much I used caps lock THREE times in one paragraph for this blog post. I'm knitting this hat just as it's written, using Shelter in Woolly Socks. Could there be a cozier yarn name?

Image copyright Melissa Schaschwary

Image copyright Melissa Schaschwary

Timber Bay by Melissa Schaschwary. This hat reminds me of those trendy hats I saw all last year - all of them with a little leather patch on the folded brim, and lots of texture in the body of the hat. I'm knitting this up in an alpaca/merino blend that I got on clearance from a yarn shop that closed in town a few years ago. I may even stitch a tiny, stamped leather tag to the brim, just to fit in, y'know.

Image copyright Fringe Supply Co.

Image copyright Fringe Supply Co.

Speaking of knitting and things yarn-related, I'm currently drooling over Fringe Supply Co. Karen Templer, the owner, recently visited Harrisville Designs (I didn't know who she was, but everyone here sure did! How much I have to learn!), and the company started selling some of her products. You can see her beautiful things for makers on her website here: Fringe Supply Co. A few of my favorites? The little Handmade Hand Loom Kit, the Yarn Pyramid Print, and of course, their amazing Field Bag

Sufficiently inspired for the fall? Me too. Once it starts to get a little chillier around here, I'll be posting some of my favorite fall traditions to do around the area. Have a great rest of the week!

Cheat Sheet: How Much Yarn You REALLY Need to Make That

Cheat Sheet: How Much Yarn Do I REALLY Need? I'm ALWAYS struggling with how much yarn I need to actually make the project I want to make. I've been lucky lately because I've got lots of leftover yarn from that fiber art commission this summer, but I'm designing patterns for spring/summer and need to buy new yarn. The question is, how much yarn do I need for what I want to make?

Cheat Sheet: How Much Yarn Do I REALLY Need?

We've all been there. You go to the store, you pick out a few balls of gorgeous yarn, you go home, you start your project - and then you realize you don't have NEARLY enough yarn to make that bulky scarf you wanted. So back you go to the store, only to find that they're sold out of your color! Or worse yet, they've discontinued that yarn line! This is happened to me more times than I care to admit, and it's all because I didn't know ahead of time how much I needed.

A little research brought me to this amazing chart over on Lion Brand, where they lay out exactly how many yards you need to create that project. I love this chart, but it's a little too comprehensive for me, you know what I'm sayin'? So I went ahead and made a fresh new list - a cheat sheet if you will - easy to read, and printable to boot! Simply right-click the photo and save to your computer, or click below to download the PDF.

Cheat Sheet: How Much Yarn Do I REALLY Need?

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Now, this chart is BASIC. I only included a few different projects, and the yardage is approximate based on Lion Brand's cheat sheet. If you want the complete sheet, check out Lion Brand! And depending on your gauge or the size of a blanket you want to make, or whether your beanie will be slouchy or not, you may need more or less yarn than shown. The good news is, most patterns you'll follow include yardage. But if you're looking to design something yourself, or use a different brand of yarn than the one called for in the pattern you're following, you'll need it. Happy knitting/crocheting!