Fiber Fun Friday – Time to Gear Up for a Knitalong!

Fibery fun on Friday!

Fibery fun on Friday!

On last week’s edition of Fiber Fun Friday, I shared the details about a new knitalong which starts next Friday, January 16. So now it’s time to make sure you’re ready and gather up all the supplies you need to get started!

 collection of swatches

The knitalong patterns are these 4 washcloths, which you can download for free here. Then, head on over to AnniesYarnShop.com to purchase Plymouth Cleo in your desired colors, and meet me back here next Friday for the kick off!

Kara’s Quick-Knit Tips

I’m revamping this blog feature because it’s become quite an extensive archive of quick-knit tips which is available at your fingertips on this blog 24/7. These are a collection of tutorials I created as well as those selected from StitchGuide.com, a comprehensive stitch resource from Annie’s. Check out the archives here.

Sew Mattress Stitch like a pro!

Sew Mattress Stitch like a pro!

Online Classes – What’s Hot in Knitting

Did you know that Annie’s is a leader in online classes that range multiple craft categories? You can check out the lineup of knitting classes here to see what’s hot right now.

 

New classes include: Circular Knitting Essentials, with Patty Lyons, Classic Cables for Beginners with Tabetha Hedrick, and Learn to Make Hats & Cowls on the Knitting Loom with Denise Layman. Click here to learn more and preview a class today.

The Knitumentary Project – Save the Date

Mark your calendars, because starting February 1, another special event is taking place here on the blog. I’ve coined this a “knitumentary” which will be a documentary of sorts as I knit my way through the Mimosa Pullover, made with Berroco Maya and featured in the Spring 2015 issue of Creative Knitting.

Mimosa Pullover, Spring 2015 Creative Knitting

Mimosa Pullover, Spring 2015 Creative Knitting

There’s something special about pullovers especially, because each one we knit tells a story of it’s own. So let’s share our stories together and maybe you can join in with me!

Happy Fibery Friday!


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The Editor Wants to Know: Do you knit mostly for yourself or for others?

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

On this week’s edition of The Editor Wants to Know, my question is:

Do you knit mostly for yourself or for others?

Are you one of those knitters who loves to make handknit gifts for family and friends, or are you all about making a new sweater for yourself each season?

Do you knit mostly for yourself or others?

Do you knit mostly for yourself or others?

I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Fiber Fun Friday — New Year, New Stitches + Knitalong!

Fibery fun on Friday!

Fibery fun on Friday!

Welcome to another edition of Fiber Fun Friday! Mark your calendars, because starting January 16, we’re kicking off a new knitalong, featuring 4 washcloth patterns, designed by Lisa Carnahan.

You will have the opportunity to meet the designer, make new friends, ask questions and learn new stitches. What an exciting way to kick off the new year!

The Editor Wants to Know

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

This is an ongoing feature where I ask those “burning” knitting questions that we all want to know…including me! If you have a question you would like to have me answer on the blog, please contact me at: editor@CreativeKnittingMagazine.com

Recent posts:

How Will You Jump-Start Your Knitting in the New Year? 

What’s Your Favorite Sweater from Creative Knitting, Winter 2014?

Some oldies, but goodies:

What Do You Prefer, Charts or Written Patterns? 

I Need Your HELP! Are You a Thrower or a Picker?

Seed vs. Moss Stitch: What’s the Difference?

Look at what you can do with the simple seed stitch!

Look at the amazing things you can do with a little imagination and the simple seed stitch!

In this popular post, I talk about the differences between Seed and Moss stitch and why they are my absolute favorites.

I’m a huge fan of taking “brilliantly simple” stitch patterns and really digging in and exploring all that they have to offer.

Check out this post. and watch the video too, because I play with a variety of swatches and ways to use these versatile stitches so you can have fun all weekend long. Enjoy!

What’s on Kara’s Needles

Where do I even start? I always have multiple projects going at one time, and unfortunately, sometimes a few get abandoned. Sound familiar?

Currently, I’m in the mood for making kids hats, because they are so low-commitment and making one in just a weekend is a cinch.

The beginnings of my kids hat...

The beginnings of my kids hat…

I worked the band using a twisted rib pattern. I just started a few rounds of the hat body, which is a Diagonal Madeira Lace pattern.

I worked the band with a Twisted Rib pattern. I just started a few rounds of the hat body, which is a Diagonal Madeira Lace pattern.

Close up twisted rib on the hat band.

Close up Twisted Rib on the hat band.

With a worsted-weight yarn, I casted on 84 stitches with a size U.S. #8 needle. I’m working with just two stitch patterns: Twisted Rib for the band, worked for 2 inches; and Diagonal Madeira Lace for the hat body. Easy peasy!

Happy Fibery Friday!


 

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The Editor Wants to Know- How Will You Jump-Start Your Knitting in the New Year?

Do you have plans in 2015 to jump-start your knitting and learn new skills? 

Do you have plans in 2015 to jump-start your knitting and learn a new skills?

What does your knitting look like in the New Year? Do you have a special resolution to learn something new and take your skills to a new level?

Here’s my resolution: I plan on learning how to knit English-style. I was taught how to knit Continental, also known as “picking.” I love it because it’s such a speedy way to knit!

There are so many benefits to learning other knitting styles. My main reasons are:

#1: so I can better instruct new knitters who may only know how to knit English. In my experience, I find most knitters are either pickers (Continental) or throwers (English), or a combination of both. 

My favorite way to knit is Continental, but Im excited about learning to knit English!

My favorite way to knit is Continental, but my New Year’s resolution is to learn how to knit English-style.

#2: when working stockinette stitch, it is said that knitting Continental and purling English creates more uniform stitches. From what I’ve researched, purling Continental causes the purl stitches to slant. I’ve seen this first hand as a Continental knitter and it’s my BIGGEST knitting pet peeve! I have learned to adjust for this by watching my tension while I’m purling. 

I can’t wait to hear from you about what your big plans are. Happy New Year!

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Mindful Mondays: *Go Within, Reflect, knit; Rep From *

In life as in knitting, don’t leave loose ends. Take the time to thank the people who matter in your life.

– Reba Linker

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Yes, Monday is here again! If you find it tough to ease into the week ahead, one of the best ways I can think of to get “out of your head” is to let someone know how much they mean to you!

Maybe finding the words is tough for you, but you have a very special way to express your thanks without words– you’ve got two delightful sticks and yarn.

Fake It Til’ You Make It

Maybe you’re in rut, and just don’t have the energy to start a new project, but sometimes the best method is to just jump into something no matter what. Before you know it, you may discover the positive effects that come from the action of simply “doing.” You can fake it til’ you make it because eventually positive feelings will become your reality.

Create a Gratitude List

This is a practice that I like to do at the beginning of each week because it reminds me of all the abundance I have in my life. It’s so easy to forget and take things for granted, so this practice helps me stay connected to this positive mindset.

Journal Writing Exercise

Take a few minutes and pull out a journal and start writing about all the things you’re grateful for. Don’t think to hard about it, just write whatever comes naturally. You’ll feel energized by this exercise…and it may just make you want to pick up your knitting needles and start creating a heartfelt gift for someone in need.

Giving something made with our two hands is a precious gift. Creative Knitting magazine has a large resource of charities to choose from, which you can find here.

Happy Monday and I wish you a fabulous week ahead!

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