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Sweater Week: Featherweight Fabric!

Written on October 20, 2014 at 1:31 am, by

It’s the final day of Sweater Week (to go back to the beginning, click here), and today I want to talk about fabric – specifically, fabric as it relates to the CustomFit Featherweight cardigan. Since CustomFit builds your Featherweight specifically to suit your gauge, you can make your CustomFit Featherweight in any yarn, and any  Continue Reading

The ins & outs of necklines

Written on August 14, 2014 at 9:40 pm, by

Teaching is absolutely one of my most favoritest things on the planet, but a long teaching weekend definitely requires some adjusting on the other end! Routines have been disrupted, the inbox gets unspeakable, and everything feels just a little bit on the crazy side for a few days once I’m back home. (The nice news  Continue Reading

Sweater Tech Talk: Hips and Fit

Written on June 4, 2014 at 1:46 pm, by

Thanks for your enthusiastic response to the Summer Sweater KAL, here and on Ravelry! I’m crazy excited to get started on my tank, but first I need to finish this: Luckily, the schedule at Squam seems to build in a lot of down time, so I’ll have some nice quiet hours this weekend to work  Continue Reading

Waist Shaping (yes, you need some)

Written on February 8, 2014 at 2:20 pm, by

Waist shaping is one of the single most important things you can do to get a fabulous-looking sweater. Whatever your shape. Done the traditional way, decreases and increases are worked at the side edges of your body pieces, creating a garment with hourglass-shaped sides: (Typical decrease row: Knit 1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches,  Continue Reading

Why swatches (sometimes) lie.

Written on November 19, 2013 at 7:27 am, by

Amy here: One of the most wonderful things about working with Jackie over this past year has been my increasing awareness of her own knitting journey. (As in, it turns out it’s not a typical experience to have your grandmothers and aunts give you proper mattress stitch instruction from an early age. Go figure.) I  Continue Reading

Blocking your 3D sweater

Written on September 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm, by

Thank you all so very much for your wonderful response to my last post. It’s an exciting time, and I’m thrilled to share it with you. I’m going to be posting some tutorials on the “extras” that come along with knitting. (I started with a post on swatching, a little over a week ago.) Today’s  Continue Reading

Swatching: Why You Wanna.

Written on August 29, 2013 at 8:22 pm, by

I know, I know. You don’t wanna swatch. I’ve heard it all before, truly. (I’ve felt it all before! Truly!) But let me take a moment to make a heartfelt plea on behalf of the humble swatch. There are three things you need to know about swatches. Swatching is easy. Truly, it is. It takes  Continue Reading

Trimmings Mod-A-Long: Frankensizing, I

Written on September 12, 2012 at 1:20 am, by

Holy smokes, it’s been busy around here lately! The boys are getting so very big. J. is in second grade now (and loving it), and little D. is in his last year of Pre-K. Crazypants! So I’m a little late with the “weekly” installment of modification news on Trimmings. There has been school to start  Continue Reading

The dreaded sleeve cap.

Written on October 10, 2011 at 11:32 am, by

Guys, it’s going to be a long, long winter unless I can think of something to talk about that’s not secret! I’m still frantically knitting over here, and getting more and more excited about my upcoming trip to Rhinebeck. I’m teaching two classes on Saturday, and I’m a square in the always-fun Rhinebeck Bingo, and  Continue Reading