review: The Knitter’s Book of Knowledge

The Knitter's Book of Knowledge

The Knitter’s Book of Knowledge: A complete guide to essential knitting techniques by Debbie Bliss

Looking for a one-stop reference book for knitting? This is it. Bliss brings her legendary expertise and covers pretty much all the things you could think of in an informational knitting book. She includes yarn, needles, the basics of how to knit, understanding the terminology and techniques used in knitting, variations of knitting texture, finishing techniques, knitting design, and entire chapters devoted to color, embellishments, shaping, and knitting in the round. Illustrated throughout with color photographs and hand-drawn diagrams (some of the clearest/easiest-to-parse I’ve seen), this book is beautiful and useful, and is definitely one I’ll be adding to my own personal library.

full disclosure: I borrowed this book from the Baldwin Public Library through the MeLCat interlibrary loan system


new free pattern! Scrubbie Square

I like to use a handknit cloth for washing my face and I wanted to make one that would fit on my hand so the ends wouldn’t be flopping around while I’m using it. The result is the Scrubbie Square!

Scrubbie Square

I’m pleased to offer this pattern as a freebie! It’s super easy and quick to knit and can be used for almost any cleaning purpose. It would work just as well as a way to dust your baseboards or wash your dishes or whatever else. It fits over an adult hand nicely with some wiggle room.

Download this pattern for free on Ravelry, LoveKnitting, and Craftsy.


review: Handmade Heirlooms

Handmade Heirlooms

Handmade Heirlooms: Crafting with intention, making things that matter, and connecting to family & tradition by Jennifer Casa

This book embraces the idea of family heirlooms being special keepsakes that are, more often than not, handmade by someone in the family. One doesn’t often think of creating new heirlooms, but this book challenges the reader to do just that – instead of simply making a gift for a family member, make something that will be loved by that person and handed down over the years. These projects are made using a variety of techniques including knitting, crochet, sewing, and more. They range from traditional baby items like booties and caps to more unique objects like a knitted airplane toy. Some are more utilitarian, like a knitting needle roll and a monogrammed bulletin board.

full disclosure: I borrowed this book from the East Lansing Public Library through the MeLCat ILL system


Spring Showers and Spring Flowers Blythe Swap

This was such a fun swap to put together! My partner and I figured out quickly that we both like the Mori Girl style and that really informed my process for making things. I got so excited about it! I wrote a few new patterns for knitted items (see yesterday’s freebie for one!) and sewed a bunch. Here’s a quick look at the things I sent:

And the awesome package I received:


how to do my favorite knitting increase

I often use this increase in my patterns – it’s easy and has a tidy result, so it’s my favorite in most situations. A few folks have asked me how to do this, so I made a quick video demonstrating how it works.

Are there other techniques you’d be interested in seeing demonstrated? Other videos you’d like to see?



The usual excuses! I’ve been so behind on posting new patterns! But here is another one, finally! I’m hoping to get back on track with regular posting – fingers crossed!

Skully sweater for Blythe

Who doesn’t love a skull? I certainly do, and I think that this one is super cute on Blythe. She’s got style and this sweater shows off a little bit of her dark side.

Skully sweater for Blythe

Is your Blythe a bit of a badass? Download this pattern on Etsy, Ravelry, LoveKnitting, or Craftsy.


FOs for a friend

This weekend I attended a friend’s wedding shower and was so happy to present to her a gift that I mostly made myself.

dishcloths for Sarah

I created these four dishcloths using two patterns available on Ravelry. I picked colors that go with the kitchen items that were on their registry. Personally, I always appreciate a gift I can use, and I find these dishcloths so handy to have around the house myself (I use them for almost any cleaning purpose).

Dishcloths and organic detergent

I packaged them in a basket along with some earth-friendly detergent made with aromatic herbs – who doesn’t love the fresh scent of lemon verbena! You can’t see it in this photo but the second bottle has a green label that also matches the dishcloths. I hope that she and her soon-to-be husband find them useful!


spring glow

Earlier this spring I made a present for my sister for her birthday – this Spring Glow Wrap.

Spring Glow Wrap

This is the same pattern as the Purple Glow Wrap, which you may remember, but of course this time I made it in a lovely fresh spring green yarn. I’m quite pleased with it – it’s so comfy and soft but light enough that it’s good for transitional season weather. 🙂


comfy cozy Ren

More cozy sweaters! There can never be too many cozy sweaters!

Ren Sweater for Middie Blythe

This time I’ve designed a reverse-cardigan for Middie Blythe. Actually, it can be worn regular cardigan style, too! It’s slightly oversized to give Middie a warm look and to give you the option of using this sweater layered over other clothing. It is roomy enough to accommodate whatever styling you prefer.

Ren Sweater for Middie Blythe

Worn reverse-cardigan style, this sweater has the look of a pullover, but without the fuss and muss of pulling something over Middie’s hair. As shown cardigan style, I’ve fastened it with just one snap at the top, but you could add multiple fasteners for a closed-front cardigan.

Cozy up to this pattern on Etsy, Ravelry, LoveKnitting, and Craftsy.