A Knitter’s Introduction

A Knitter’s Introduction 

Jaclyn Nuzum, the new Editorial Assistant at Creative Knitting magazine…That’s me!

Jaclyn Nuzum, the new Editorial Assistant at Creative Knitting magazine…That’s me!

Well hello there! I’m sure right now you’re wondering who this is posting on the Creative Knitting blog that isn’t Kara. Not to worry, all will be revealed shortly.

My name is Jaclyn, not to be confused with the talented Jackie Daugherty that I have the distinct pleasure to work with; I’m Creative Knitting’s new editorial assistant. Kara asked me if I would like to join her blog team and I jumped at the chance so here I am! I’ll be posting on ‘All Things Knitterly’, but I wanted to start out with an introduction.

I recently joined the team here at Creative Knitting, though I have been a fan of the publication for years. I’m now one of those lucky people who can honestly say they love their job and I am thankful every day for that.

I started out crocheting, actually. My mom taught me when I was young, probably around 7-8, but it wasn’t until I was in college that I started to take interest in the two sticks. I had stumbled upon a discarded book at the library, a beginners knitting guide. I looked through it but did not have any revelations. Later that year, I kept thinking about how interesting the patterns and stitches were when I would look online. Deciding that I had had enough looking, I got online and found some videos and taught myself; just me, some yarn, two sticks and a computer screen. I won’t tell you it was easy (you don’t want to see some of my first scarves!), but I kept at it. Fast forward a couple of years and here I am, a much more proficient knitter, though still a student in my craft.

Right now I have about 6 projects going, varying from socks to pillows and I’m always on the hunt to learn that new stitch or technique.

Join me both in my adventures and tribulations in knitting, I promise to make it entertaining!

Warmly,

Jaclyn Sign off

P.S- Stay tuned for some exciting news in the next coming days!

Don’t forget to follow (or friend!) me on Twitter, Pinterest and Ravelry!

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Are You Ready for a Knitting Podcast Like No Other? Power Purls Launches September 1st!

The Power Purls Podcast Starts August 15th! Get on the Pre-Show List!

Hey everyone! Yes, I know, I’ve been MIA for way too long, but I’ve had lots of things cooking on the burner! There are some exciting things coming your way within the next few months, because I’m hosting an all-new knitting podcast, called Power Purls, scheduled to launch September 1st.

What makes Power Purls so special?

This bi-weekly podcast is like no other. I will ask those burning questions and uncover what really keeps our needles moving. I will have conversations with savvy knitwear designers, yarn companies and every day knitters with compelling back stories.

Here’s a sampling of the questions I’ll ask each guest:

  • What was that pivotal moment that turned you on to those two sticks and fuzzy stuff?
  • Did you turn to knitting because of the loss of a loved one, an injury or divorce? Dig deep and tell the listeners your story.
  • How has knitting changed your life?
  • How did you turn your passion of knitting into a business?

Visit PowerPurlsPodcast.com to get on the VIP pre-show update list, along with some other goodies and stay in the loop on all things knitterly!

Get on the list. Stay in the loop!

Why should you sign up for the pre-show list? Well, for starters, you’ll get to meet inspiring knitters and designers who share candid stories about what attracted them to this amazing craft and you’ll also get the inside scoop about how they turned their bliss into a business that they love.

When you sign up, here’s what you’ll get:

  • Episode updates each week so you don’t miss a single episode
  • Knitter’s Toolbox – answers for the top 10 things that trip most knitters up
  • Strategies for how to create and submit stellar designs to magazines
  • You’ll get the editor’s perspective on what publishers are really looking for!
  • Featured guest interviews, tips and advice to enhance your knitting journey

So what are you waiting for? Get in the know, get on the list!

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Get Your Free Lemon Stress Ball Knitting Pattern and Stitch Away Stress!

Stitch Away Stress

The Craft Yarn Council just released the free “When Life Gives You Lemons” Lemon Stress Ball pattern from Twinkie Chan for stitching and squeezing away stress. Twinkie has posted a fun tutorial for the pattern which you watch here. Then, go grab your free pattern here so you can make your own!

Join in on the fun and post a photo of your Lemon Stress Ball with the hash tag #StitchAwayStress and #lemonstressball on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Have fun!

 

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New Knitalong with Melissa Leapman Starts April 10th!

Designer and author, Melissa Leapman

Designer and author, Melissa Leapman

If you received the latest issue of Creative Knitting, you’ll see that Melissa Leapman will be hosting the next Knitalong for the Soft Shells Runner & Stitch Blocks featured in the Summer 2015 issue!

The fun begins on April 10th, so go grab your free patterns here for as long as this issue is on the newsstand. Then head on over to Ravelry and say “hi, I’m in!” on this official thread.

See you on on Ravelry!

Soft Shells Runner & Stitch Blocks

Soft Shells Runner & Stitch Blocks

 

 

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Knitumentary week #5 Let’s Make a Cowl for Mimosa!

 

Join the Journey

Join the Journey

We’ve reached our final week of the Knitumentary project and I have a little bonus that I think you’ll really like.

If you have some leftover yarn from Mimosa, how about making a matching cowl? It’s pretty easy to do if you have your original gauge swatch and remember how many repeats you worked.

Make a matching cowl with leftover skeins or Berroco Maya.

Make a matching cowl with leftover skeins or Berroco Maya.

I love the idea of making a matching cowl that is detachable because when worn it will give the illusion that it part of the neckline of your pullover. To make your look seasonally-appropriate for February, add a long-sleeve tee. Then come spring, off comes the cowl, swap out the long-sleeve tee with a cami, and you’re ready for warmer temps!

Easy Peasy Math

Here’s how to make your cowl:

#1 Pull out your gauge swatch and measure it edge to edge. Write that number down.

#2 Take the number of stitches you casted on for your swatch and divide that by the width of your swatch that you wrote down in step 1. This equals your stitches per inch. 

#3 Then, take your stitches per inch and multiply that by the number of inches wide you want to make your cowl.

#4 Cast on the number of repeats that comes closest to the width you desire, then knit for as long as you want your cowl to be.

Seam ends together, block and show it off!

This has been so much fun, and when you finish and block your beautiful new top, I’d love to see your finished creations! Please share your photos on this Ravelry thread.

Thanks again for joining me on this journey!

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