Dec 18, 2014/Julie

Knitting Remedies

Savannah Boot Liners in Progress

It may be the sick babe I’ve got on my hands, with the consequent sleepless nights and now shared sickness with consequent mind-mushy-ness, or the fact that I’ve got less than a week left to finish any handmade presents and shopping for ready-made ones, but all I want to do — all I really, really want to do — is knit monotonous ribbing with thin yarn on double pointed needles.

Maybe because a nap really isn’t in the cards. And, don’t you think knitting could qualify a homeopathic cold remedy? Probably if it were prescribed with couch time and a listen to the final episode of “Serial“!

Ribbed Socks In Progress

Two current works-in-progress are my second Savannah Boot Liner and my Ribbed Socks. So, I have options for fulfilling my “cold remedy,” doc! I finished the one boot liner prior to our Savannah Boot Liner class held last month. And, I’m almost finished my first ribbed sock in anticipation of our Ribbed Socks class that’s coming up in January.

Hopefully you’ve avoided any of this sickness going around. But, if you happen to have caught what we’ve got, you may just want to try knitting. I think I read somewhere it’s considered homeopathic remedy. . . ;)

 

Get your yarn, knitting needles, patterns and loads of other yarn-y goodness and unsubstantiated health and wellness claims at Home Made!

 

 

Dec 11, 2014/Julie

Can’t Get Enough Manos del Uruguay Maxima

Manos del Uruguay Maxima{Manos del Uruguay Maxima in Zinnia, Gemstone, Prince, Rainforest, Freshwater + Camo}

Manos del Uruguay Maxima yarn is one of those yarns you never get tired of. I certainly don’t. It’s so soft that it often even wins over those with wool sensitivities. And, there are so many gorgeous semi-solid and multi-colored options to choose from that it’s really hard to suppress that urge to pick every color.

If you’re just meeting Manos Maxima, the two important things to know are that it’s a worsted-weight, single-ply merino and, like all Manos del Uruguay yarns, Maxima is hand-crafted in Uruguay by women artisans.

With each purchased skein of Manos del Uruguay yarn you will be helping a woman to support her family. Each skein is signed, so you will know who made your yarn, and from which village it came. You will be supporting the hand-crafted rather than mass-produced, and contributing to an economy where the workers control of the means of production. You, as a handknitter, crocheter or weaver, will be contributing to women’s careers in harmony with family life, and contributing to the landscape, and cultural heritage of Uruguay.

You can read about the Manos del Uruguay cooperative here. And, you can scope out some project ideas hereYou can tell this yarn is a long-standing shop favorite by looking at all the beautiful customer projects here. Specifically, here, here, here, here and here to highlight a few.

Stop into the Home Made shop to check out our current batch of colors (including those new arrivals pictured above) and purchase this shop favorite! If you’re unable to stop into our brick and mortar shop, call 609.536.2940 to place a mail order. No problem!

 

 

Dec 7, 2014/Julie

Parquet Shawl

Parquet Shawl

Last week I finished and blocked Parquet, the shawlette I had been working on for about month. With charted instructions and three sections of lace and cable stitches, this project was really fun and interesting to knit.

Parquet Shawl

Both the pattern and yarn are from The Fibre Company — this project knits up with 3 skeins of Canopy Fingering, their bouncy and snuggly fingering weight yarn made of baby alpaca, merino and bamboo. Mmmm. We used this yarn for our Featherweight cardigans, too. I chose an understated gray called River Dolphin so my stitches would shine and this shawlette would be versatile enough to wear with most outfits.

Would you give something like this a try? If you’re totally new to lace and looking for a warm-up project before you tackle Parquet, check this out.

 

The Fibre Company yarn, knitting patterns, knitting needles and all sorts of yarn-y goodness is sold at Home Made! If you’re not able to stop into our brick + mortar shop, just call 609.536.2940 so say hello and put together a mail order.

 

 

Dec 5, 2014/Julie

Madelinetosh’s Tosh Merino Light Yarn

{Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light yarn in Lowland, Silver Fox, Robin Red Breast + El Greco}

{Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light yarn in Night Bloom, Baroque Violet, Whiskers + Charcoal}

{Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Purple Basil, Holi Festival, Coquette, Dr. Zhivago’s Sky, Optic +Whiskey Barrel}

{Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light yarn in Mica, Volga, Cousteau + Nassau Blue}

I have seven words for you : Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light yarn is here! Happy Friday. (:

In case those photos didn’t have you at hello, let me tell you a little more about this gorgeous yarn. Tosh Merino Light is a 100% super . . . → Read More

Dec 4, 2014/Julie

Fringe Supply Co. Tea Towels

If you’re looking for a whimsical but totally functional holiday gift for your favorite yarn lover, look no further than the new flour sack tea towels from Fringe Supply Co.! These lovelies recently arrived to the Home Made shop and are waiting patiently to be scooped up for stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, and Secret Santa gifts. Psst — pair with a Home Made gift certificate and you’re golden!

Made of unbleached cotton from India and finished and screen printed in the USA, the “high-fiber diet” and Yarn Pyramid tea towels are perfectly cheeky addition to a yarn . . . → Read More

Dec 2, 2014/Julie

January Knit-A-Long : Endgame

How about we welcome 2015 with a Knit-A-Long?

Michelle Hunter, aka the Knit Purl Hunter, hosts progressive knit-a-longs where she offers the basic premise of a new pattern but keeps the details a secret. Then, each Thursday throughout the month, she reveals a bit more of the pattern with loads of helpful tutorials and information.

I know January feels like a long way off, but it’s really not. Hello December! Where did this year go? On January 1st, Michelle will reveal the first set of “clues” on her blog to get us started. While it’s up to you to follow . . . → Read More

Nov 20, 2014/Julie

Thanks + Holiday Giving

It is with loads of gratitude for your business that I tell you about a few Home Made holiday offers. It is your commitment to supporting independent shops like mine that allow our small-but-mighty places to keep doing what we do. Here at Home Made, we try our best to ignite your creativity by offering quality supplies and instruction for knitting, sewing and quilting so you can enjoy the satisfying process of creating as much as you love your finished project.

Now, I know many of you are either already in the thick of holiday shopping or are about to . . . → Read More

Nov 18, 2014/Julie

Sewing with Fleece + Making Baby Bibs

{Knotted Pass Through Baby Bibs : free pattern by Delia Creates}

Ya know, waiting for your first teeth to come in can be tough. You chew on both fists at the same time, or all four hooves of your Sophie, just to try and get a little gum relief and what happens? You become a big ol’ slobbery mess. Okay, blowing bubbles and making a motor boat sound may not be helping all that much.

At this time of your life, the least your mama can do for you is make you a few stylin’ bibs so you can look a . . . → Read More

Nov 11, 2014/Julie

Madder’s Anthology I

{Sibella Cowl + Cardigan from Madder’s Anthology I :knitting pattern + photography by Carrie Bostick Hoge}

{Camilla Kid from Madder’s Anthology I : knitting pattern + photography by Carrie Bostick Hoge}

{Camilla Shawl from Madder’s Anthology I : knitting pattern + photography by Carrie Bostick Hoge}

{Imogen Wool from Madder’s Anthology I : knitting pattern + photography by Carrie Bostick Hoge}

For the past few days, I’ve been drooling like my teething babe over the newly released Madder’s Anthology I. Just arrived to the Home Made shop, this knitting pattern book offers a collection of four unique stitch stories: . . . → Read More

Nov 4, 2014/Julie

Parquet in Progress

This much of a Parquet Shawl is what’s currently hanging out on my knitting needles. I might be getting a tad bit ahead of myself because I’m already planning what outfits I’ll wear this with once it’s all finished.

The pattern and Canopy Fingering yarn (in River Dolphin) are from The Fibre Company. The cool wooden yarn spool is my trusty, handmade Yarn Buddy. All available in the Home Made shop, folks!

What’s on your knitting needles today?

 

The Fibre Company yarn, knitting patterns, knitting needles and accessories (like Yarn Buddies) are sold at Home Made. If you . . . → Read More

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