Knitting

10 Reasons why Rhinebeck is my new Happy Place

Fiber-animals

I finally made the pilgrimage to Rhinebeckwith a few of my best knitting friends. I’m still kind of on a Rhinebeck high, and it’s been over two weeks. What could be better than being surrounded by everything to do with yarn and fiber, and thousands of other like-minded crafty …

Almost There…

Sweet Dreams baby mobile

I think I must either be crazy, or just have an incredibly hard time a) having nothing to do with my hands, and b) not having several projects on the go (or more likely, a little bit of all three). Perhaps this is a common trait among crafters—can any of …

Knit Night with the 20-Somethings

There aren’t (as far as I know) any knitting groups out where I live, so when Ilana invited me out to join the Toronto’s 20-Somethings group (oh crap, I’m pushing thirty…does that mean I can’t go any more in a couple years? Nooooooo!) at The Butler’s Pantry last night, …

New Debbie Stoller videos!

Because she is awesome (and possibly to promote her books), Debbie Stoller has posted some free knitting videos online. The first one is for absolute beginner knitters: it demonstrates the long-tail cast-on and the knit stitch using the English style of knitting (with the yarn in the …

Nerds unleash their inner beardos

Update: This pattern is now available as a PDF download in the shop for only $1.99!
Had a great time selling my craft kits and sewing patterns at Fan Expo this year. Best part? Watching all sorts of people try on the sample beard from my beard knitting kit!

Stitch ‘n Bitch Contest Winners

It’s always difficult to choose winners when you get so many great entries, so this time we left it up to you. After tabulating all your votes, we’re thrilled to announce the winners of the Stitch ‘n Bitch contest, who each win a free copy of Stitch ‘n Bitch: Superstar …

Stitch ‘n Bitch Contest Finalists

Vote and win a free book!
We received lots of awesome entries for the Stitch ‘n Bitch contest—thanks a bunch to everyone who entered! It was wonderful to see so much creativity and read the touching and funny stories that went behind making these knit and crocheted items. …

Picking up dropped stitches without a crochet hook

Imagine the following scenario:
It’s a beautiful day in late spring, and you decide to take advantage of the lovely weather to do some knitting on the patio of a trendy cafe. You’re in such a hurry to get out of your stifling apartment, that you quickly grab the …

Opera Gloves

So I got a “new” fur-trimmed vintage coat a few weeks ago. It has these short-ish sleeves that need to be worn with longer-than-usual gloves (at least, if I want to avoid getting frostbite). So of course, whenever I need a new pair of gloves (or a new pair of …

Stitch ‘n Bitch contest

Send us a photo, win a free book!
We have stopped accepting entries for the contest, but it’s still not too late to vote for your favourites and win a free copy of Stitch ‘n Bitch: Superstar Knitting!
We’re huge fans of the Stitch ‘n’ Bitch books (see Ilana’s review …

Book Review: Stitch ‘N Bitch Superstar Knitting

I mentioned in my introductory post that I learned to knit from Debbie Stoller’s Stitch ‘N Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook. I’m a huge fan of the whole Stitch ‘N Bitch series, and I own every single one of Stoller’s tomes.

I think that her latest book in …

Hello, my name is Ilana and I’m a yarnaholic

The wonderfully fantastic Happy Seamstress has asked me to occasionally write stuff here, be it about knitting, crochet, or whatever else strikes my fancy, and I am more than happy to oblige! Anyway, before I do any of that, I should probably let you all know who I am…