Fiber Fun Friday — Knitting on Vacation (or Staycation)

Get ready, get set, it's the weekend!


I have some of the fondest memories of knitted items made while away on vacation. Do you have projects that remind you of where and when you made them? What happy memories they evoke. I just love that!

What’s on Kara’s needles this weekend?

Here’s a peek of me knitting on the beach. Do you remember this yarn? I was writing about this just a few weeks ago in this post, wonder what I should do with this delicious yarn.

I finally decided to create a wrap/neckerchief design, which I plan to feature in an upcoming issue of Creative Knitting. I won’t tell you which one, but I will be SO IMPRESSED if you point this out in a future issue. Let’s keep this a fun mystery for now!

Knitting at the beach. It just can't get any better than this!

Knitting at the beach. It just can’t get any better than this.

And another fun find on the beach–yarn cutters. I was pretty desperate because I was working on another project made with Alpaca and I was stranded without a scissor. It’s amazing how resourceful us knitters are, isn’t it?

I got a little scrappy and started thinking: “Hmm…something sharp….ah, a shell.” Viola, nature’s yarn cutter! Pretty cool, huh?

Sea shells--nature's yarn cutter.

Sea shells–nature’s yarn cutter.

When you go on vacation, what kinds of projects do you feel are the most travel-friendly? How do you make it easy to knit on-the-go?

Chime in on the convo on the Creative Knitting magazine Facebook page and share your vacation (or staycation) stories.

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Monthlong Knitalong with Berroco and Creative Knitting!

So have you heard? We’re kicking things off with a new knitalong just about to start on the Berroco Lover’s Ravelry group for this stunning Chock Wrap design.

July 18th, through August 18th, Creative Knitting and the Berroco Design Team have joined forces to bring you a special knitalong featuring the stunning Chock Wrap.

Chock Wrap Knit Pattern

Chock Wrap Knit Pattern from Berroco

Watch this comprehensive, step-by-step video where Berroco designer Emily O’Neil shows you must-know lace knitting and chart reading basics!

If you’re ready to jump in and get started, here’s what you need to do:

  • Visit Annie’s to purchase and download the Chock Wrap pattern and Maya in the color of your choice.
  • While you’re waiting for your yarn to arrive, watch this video which will show step-by-step how to work the Chock Wrap.

Remember, the knitalong is available for you to join in at any time, and it will never expire!

Have fun knitting!

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Fiber Fun Friday – New Issue, New Ideas and the Ten-Year Legacy of Creative Knitting

Get ready, get set, it's the weekend!

Get ready, get set, it’s the weekend!

On this edition of Fiber Fun Friday, I’m excited to announce that the digital version of the 2014 autumn issue of Creative Knitting magazine is now available online. You can view highlights from the current issue here.

If you’re a subscriber, you’re probably holding a copy in your hands as you read this, and for those of you who are newsstand goers, you’ll see the new issue appear the second week of July.

Creative Knitting magazine, autumn 2014.

Creative Knitting magazine, autumn 2014

The very first issue of Knitting World, December, 1978 and the premier issue of Creative Knitting, September, 2004

The very first issue of Knitting World, December, 1978 and the premier issue of Creative Knitting, September, 2004

It was just a decade ago that Creative Knitting began with a mission that knitting should be easy for everyone and today that legacy still continues!

This autumn issue marks the 10th anniversary of Creative Knitting magazine, and you’ll get the chance to take a trip back in time to see what it was like in the early days.

While I was planning this issue, I was reminded of my own knitting origins and back to the time when my passion started—to that little girl who was so curious by what Grandma was knitting. Little did my grandmother know that this was one of the greatest gifts she had given me, helping to pave the way for my exciting journey ahead.

When was your passion for knitting ignited?

We can all remember the first pivotal moment in our early knitting experience. Mine was at The Yarn Connection, a little shop that once existed on Madison Avenue, in New York City. I was holding a pair of #7 Susan Bates aluminum needles and knitting with off-white worsted-weight wool. I can’t recall the brand of yarn, but I do remember the tiny swatch I was making, which consisted of only 12 stitches, so that I could get the hang of knitting a few rows. Then, on that very same swatch, I learned how to purl. It was a brisk autumn evening many years ago, and it was the spark that started it all.

When did you first discover your passion for knitting?

When did you first discover your passion for knitting?

Do you have a special story about how you first discovered knitting and how it became a passion?

I’d love to hear from you! Add  your comments to this post or contact me at: Your story may appear on the pages of Creative Knitting or this blog.


Fiber Fun Friday- 3 Tips for Making Your Knitting Passion Portable

Get ready, get set, it's the weekend!

Get ready, get set, it’s the weekend!

It’s going to be another gorgeous June weekend. With that being said, do you find it hard to find time to knit with so many activities going on? Do you wish you had more options to make your “passion portable?”

Guess what, you’re in luck, because today I’m sharing tips for how to make this happen!

Follow these 3 tips, and you’ll definitely make your knitting passion portable this weekend:

Tip #1  Always have a knitting bag ready to go with at least one project.

Tip #2  The project you take should consist of an easy-to-memorize stitch pattern so you’re not fixated on your pattern. If you do your friends will think you’re ant-social!

Tip #3  Choose a one, or minimal-skein project so your bag does not take up much space–the goal is to be a “stealth knitter,” so you can knit at a party or at the park– and one will even notice!

What steps will you take today to make your knitting passion portable?

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Mindful Mondays: Just Take the First Step!

Take the first step in faith!

Most of the day yesterday, I was a pretty grumpy knitter, because I just couldn’t wrap my grain around a particular stitch pattern for a new design in progress for Creative Knitting magazine.

I’ve been totally frustrated, and have found myself feeling kind of frozen, not wanting to take that next step, because I’m just not finding the answers I need.

However, I know from experience that if I keep going like the quote below instructs, I will find the solution. The answer will come EXACTLY at the moment when I really need it.

I struggle because I want the answer I seek now, but I’m not ready to receive it. I guess this means I still have some learning to do before it appears!

Just take the first step!

When it does appear, I will have proof that continuing on the path really does pay off. The answers will not always be revealed right at the time we want them to, but instead when we need them. Remembering experiences like these are the fuel for the fire for those times when future struggles surface…and they always will!

What are the things you’re struggling with that you wishing you had answers for right now? Are you a believer that that if you keep plugging along, the answers will come? Or, do you have a hard time accepting this idea?




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