Mindful Mondays: *Go Within, Reflect, Knit; Rep from *

Knitting is one of those portable kinds of passions…it can go with you everywhere and it has the amazing ability to instantly put a smile on your face the moment you start clicking your needles. This is the biggest reason I’m so attracted to this amazing craft.

Need a lift? Start knitting right now!

Need a lift? Start knitting right now!

It’s so comforting to know that there’s a little treasure waiting in my knitting bag, and even on those days when I don’t find the time to knit, (like on a busy Monday) it’s just nice to know that it’s there…waiting.

So start your day with a few stitches to set the tone for the day. and why not start with what makes you happy first? The laundry can wait and setting your mind in the right direction could have a great impact on your day today!

The laundry can wait. Just spend a few minutes doing what you love first.

The laundry can wait. Just spend a few minutes doing what you love first.

Do what you love first, the rest can wait for a few minutes. *Go within, reflect, knit; rep from *

Happy Monday!

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It’s Fiber Fun Friday [New Feature!]

I’m so excited to announce that I’m kicking of a new feature on this blog called Fiber Fun Friday, which is where you’ll get the scoop on ALL THINGS KNITTERLY and fiber-related, every Friday. I’ll report on what’s happening in Creative Knitting magazine, and in the knitting world. You’ll also find inspiration to get you motivated for weekend knitting.
It's Fiber Fun Friday!

It’s Fiber Fun Friday!

I also know from your valued feedback that you love knitting tutorials, so I’ll share those as often as I can. I’ll regularly highlight a new technique to help you reach your knitting goals.

Consider this a place to gather and collect what you need for the weekend ahead. Kick back, grab your needles, and get ready for a Fiber Fun Friday!

New colors from Freia Handpaints- South Beach and Neapolitan!

New colors from Freia Handpaints- South Beach and Neapolitan! Aren’t these gorgeous!

Cast-On Friday, Bind-Off Sunday

Wouldn’t it be divine if you could get to work on a project Friday night, then bind-off by Sunday afternoon? Now that would certainly be a fulfilling weekend in my book!

New Products, New Season

After a very busy few weeks, I’m in serious need of a nice R&R weekend because I recently returned from a big trade show for the yarn industry, called TNNA. I’m still sifting through all the new yarns and products I discovered while there. The best part of all– I get to go home with lots of new yarn, products and great ideas.

I connect with so many industry professionals and talented designers, which allows me to literally plan an entire issue of Creative Knitting right on the show floor! What a benefit to be surrounded an amazing group of people who evoke exciting ideas!

What’s Happening on My Needles

I’m also really excited about a design that I’m working on for the Winter 2014 issue. I can’t give it all away, but I can tell you that it’s going to be a cowl inspired by a cardigan designed by Stacy Charles.  What an honor to collaborate on this design with Stacy. It will be an issue you won’t want to miss!

Chime in on this Facebook post to share what’s on your needles too. I can’t wait to hear from you!

My new cowl design underway for Creative Knitting magazine.

My new cowl design underway for Creative Knitting magazine.

What will you be working on this weekend? Join the conversation on the Creative Knitting Facebook page now!

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Summer Knitting Challenge: Let’s Commit to Knit!

I thought it would be fun and start up a little Summer Knitting Challenge here on the blog. Now that the Summer 2014 issue of Creative Knitting is fresh, let’s jump in and have some fun exploring new stitch patterns together!

In this tutorial video, I decided to get a little scrappy with my knitting! Once I find a stitch pattern that resonates, I explore it inside and out by changing things up such as:

  • Needle size– I like to go to extremes. Kind of like I do with my hair! If a project calls for a size 4 needle, then I will immediately jump to a size 13 to see what happens. I’m always amazed at what emerges from my needles!
  • Change yarn– If a project is made in fingering or sock-weight yarn, such as with my Trellis Lace scarf design, featured in this video and in the Summer 2014 issue of Creative Knitting. I made this scarf with Kollage Riveting Sport, but why not test the waters, and jump up to a worsted weight, or even a super-bulky weight yarn?

Take a look at the two examples below to see the difference between these two yarns. They look like two totally different designs, but I did not change a single stitch!

Trellis lace, made with super-bulky yarn.

Trellis lace, made with super-bulky yarn on a size #10 1/2 US knitting needle.

Trellis lace made with fingering-weight yarn on a size #6 US needle.

Trellis lace, made with fingering-weight yarn on a size #6 US knitting needle.

So here are the steps for the Challenge:

#1: Watch the video below for the stitch pattern shown above and to see how I played around with a variety of yarns.

#2: Now go to your stash and pick out whatever yarn speaks to you.

Berroco Boboli lace on a #7 US needle.

Berroco Boboli Lace on a #7 US needle.

#3: Find a pair of needles that are drastically bigger or smaller than what the yarn label recommends. This is a challenge, right? Let’s get daring!

#4: Now be spontaneous and start knitting. Just allow what happens to happen!

#5: Show and tell! After you are finished with your swatches, or if you discovered a fun new way to work the trellis stitch, then…

SHARE it here on the Creative Knitting Facebook page!

I’m a firm believer that learning comes from doing. Some of the best learning experiences happen by mistake or when you least expect them, so commit to knit today!

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Mindful Mondays– Get Motivated and Create Your Own Slogans

When I need a little boost, I like to fill my brain with positive brain candy. One of the ways I do this is by listening to inspiring audio books and podcasts.  If you ever meet me, you’ll probably see me plugged in listening to one of these favorites, which are great companions on a morning run:

Create Your Own Slogans

Create your own slogans

Instant Mindset Changers

I also find that reading positive affirmations that resonate with me over and over really help to change my mindset instantly. I might be a little on the nerdy side because I keep sticky notes with reminders on my desk, and in my car. I also keep little index cards in my wallet reminding me to express gratitude and practice patient acceptance during challenging moments.

Knit on with confidence and hope through all crises.

Now, carry on, smile and keep on knitting!

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Quickie Mesh Cowl – How To Video Tutorial. Make It This Weekend!

If you’re like me, when the weekend rolls around, you’re excited about the prospect of kicking back and getting some serious knitting time in. There’s nothing better than casting on for the perfect project Friday night and binding off by Sunday. (or sooner if you’re a speedy knitter!)

In this video, designer Cheryl Beckerich provides you with clear, step-by-step instructions to knit her Quickie Mesh Cowl, which is featured on the cover of Creative Knitting’s Special Interest Issue– Knits in No Time just in time for the weekend!

Alternating mesh and stockinette sections, achieve an interesting undulating effect that creates the illusion of shaping, but in fact this look is achieved by simply changing needle and stitch pattern.

Creative Knitting Magazine Presents: Knits in No Time.

Creative Knitting Magazine Presents: Knits in No Time.

  Designer’s tip: It’s easy to forget a yarn over in this pattern, so count your stitches and don’t forget your last yarn over before the edge stitch.

This cowl is made back and forth, however a circular needle is suggested for ease and comfort. I personally use circular needles no matter what project I’m making, and my straight needles make pretty needle vases to display around the house!

Here are a few quick facts about this pattern:

  1. Width: undulates between 6 1/2 inches (stockinette sections) and 10 inches (mesh sections)
  2. The designer uses a rib stitch on each edge. This helps give the cowl more structure and keeps the edges from rolling, which is common with stockinette stitch.
  3. You will use two different needle sizes: size 6 for stockinette sections, and size 8 for mesh sections. (This creates the undulating effect.)

Techniques that you’ll learn and use:

You can watch these videos on StitchGuide.com

Ater watching this video, I know you’ll be itching to cast on. Now go make this weekend memorable and create knits in no time!

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