Sep 28, 2014/Julie

Say Hello to Cotton and Steel Fabrics

Cotton and Steel Fabrics{Select prints from Melody Miller’s Mustang collection, Alexia Marcelle Abegg’s Hatbox collection, and Kimberly Kight’s Homebody collection for Cotton + Steel}

Get ready. A beautiful new stash of fabrics arrived to the shop this week, from the debut collections of Cotton + Steel!

Cotton + Steel, a new division of RJR Fabrics, is a collaboration between some of my favorite designers — Melody Miller, Alexia Marcelle Abegg, Sarah Watts, Rashida Coleman-Hale, and Kimberly Kight. These clever ladies are offering a fresh approach to fabric design by not only showcasing their incredible talent but also creating collections that really mix and mingle with each other nicely. Love that!

Cotton and Steel Fabrics{Select prints from Rashida Coleman-Hale’s Moonlit collection and Sarah Watt’s August collection for Cotton + Steel}

In addition to their fabulous medium weight quilting cottons, we also have two great cotton canvas options, too!

Cotton and Steel Canvas{Cotton canvas from Alexia Marcelle Abegg’s Hatbox collection for Cotton + Steel}

At the moment, these fabrics are begging me to make another Cargo Duffle. But, I’ve also got some patchwork throw pillows, a new tote bag, and nesting baskets on my mind. . .

So, stop in to check out these new fabrics along with some terrific new sewing patterns from Jaybird Quilts, Noodlehead, and Atkinson Designs! Let’s brainstorm what you’ll make so you can get the fun of sewing started. Though, picking out new fabric is super fun, too. Lucky for me, it’s part of the gig. (:


Cotton + Steel fabric, along with loads of other stitching goodness, is available for purchase at Home Made! Don’t live nearby? Just call 609.536.2940 to put together a mail order.

Sep 23, 2014/Julie

Ezra’s Beatrix Sweater + What Else to Knit with Acadia

Ezra's Beatrix Sweater

Ohmahgoodness. Those squeezeable cheeks!

Here’s my little one modeling his Beatrix sweater for you to see. Looking quite handsome, I’ll say. Beatrix is probably my favorite baby sweater that I’ve knit for Ezra, though there’s sure to be more. Especially grandpa-style sweaters.

Beatrix is also knit with one of my favorite yarns — The Fibre Company’s Acadia. Merino, baby alpaca and silk make for a pretty darn dreamy combination for this dk yarn. Right now, I have my sights set on knitting this sweater for myself with Acadia. What do you think? 

The Fibre Company's Acadia Yarn

Since you know how much I love a new Fall hat, it’s probably not surprising that I’m also daydreaming about knitting a solid version of this hat just like our customer Barbara did. With a private lesson to help with the double pointed needles, this hat pattern turned out to be a terrific first hat project. Though, we DO have a Simple Hat class coming up so you should definitely sign up if you want to learn how to knit hats!

You could also take inspiration from a few of our other lovely customers:

- Make a beautiful (and a little less grandpa-y) baby sweater like Donna.

- Try a jogless striped version of Kathadin like Kim.

- Knit a funky Groove scarf like Tammy.

Or, you could probably find some ideas here or here.


The Fibre Company Acadia yarn, knitting patterns, needles, accessories and lots of other good stuff is available at Home Made! Don’t live nearby? Just call 609.536.2940 and we’ll put together a mail order.

Sep 18, 2014/Julie

Who Doesn’t Love a Handmade Hat?!

Knitbot's Simple Hat Pattern{Simple Hat : photo and pattern by Knitbot, available for purchase at Home Made}

It’s been my experience that everyone loves a handmade hat. Okay, if you’re not a hat-wearing type that statement might not apply to you. But, still, there’s probably at least one point in your life when you’re like, man, it’s wicked cold out there and I could really use a warm hat and I don’t even care if I have hat hair for the rest of the day. When that happens, wouldn’t it be extra nice to have a stylish, handmade hat at your disposal?

Hats make for terrific gifts and are very satisfying knits because they can usually be completed with one skein of yarn and finished in a weekend. Though, if you happy to have a beautiful baby on your hands, it’s also been my experience that you should multiply how much time something usually takes you by at least 4 or 5. So, in that case, you should be a bit more generous with a week or two. (:

The good news is that we’ve got a Simple Hat Class coming up! October 7 + 14 from 6 – 8 PM, to be exact. So, if you know how to cast on, knit and purl and are ready to learn some new knitting tricks, this is a terrific class for you. We’ll teach you how to knit beautiful handmade-but-professional-looking hats that are destined to become your go-to gift. And, you’ll be    learning just in time to get cracking on some holiday gifts!

You can check out the full scoop on our classes page here. And, if you’re intrigued by these hats but still need to learn some knitting basics, check out the details for our upcoming Learn to Knit : Cozy Neck Warmer class!

Swans Island Simple Hat

I’ve started is treating both Brian and I to a new hat each season which is a tradition I think we both really look forward to. And, I’m feeling pretty impressed with myself that I’ve got two hats completed before the end of September. Whoa. I used the Simple Hat pattern from Knitbot because it’s one of my favorite hat patterns as it talks extensively about how to knit a hat that fits properly and offers three versions  so you could knit this hat with a chunky yarn, a worsted yarn, or a dk weight yarn.


For Brian’s hat, I used Swans Island Ecowash DK in Graphite and Midnight. Brian learned last year what happens when you put a 100% wool hat in the washer and dryer so I thought a super wash yarn was a smart choice for his hat. ;) Instead of knitting a solid color hat, I mixed it up a bit and added a second color about halfway through.

Genmaicha Hat

And, my Genmaicha hat is all finished! Remember how excited I was when these Unicorn Tails from Madelinetosh arrived? Well, I ended up using two Tails for the top part, one for the stripe, and two for the bottom/ribbing with plenty left to make a multi-colored pompom. I LOVE this yarn and am now even more excited for our full skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light to arrive. Soon, folks! Soon.

Are you ready to knit some hats?


Knitbot patterns, Swans Island yarn, Madelinetosh yarn, knitting needles and loads of other good stuff is available for purchase at Home Made! Don’t live nearby? Just call 609.536.2940 to put together a mail order.

Sep 14, 2014/Julie

New Holiday, Flannel + Everyday Fabrics

{From Josephine Kimberling’s Sugar Rush collection for Blend Fabrics : Mint Swirls Red, Christmas Candy Blue, Holiday Cupcakes Green. From Maude Ashbury’s Treeliscious collection for Blend Fabrics : Rudolph Red}

I’m keeping it short and sweet today. Literally. We’ve got new holiday fabrics full of peppermint swirls, candy, and cupcakes that’ll hopefully inspire some special holiday sewing. Whether you’re sewing for yourself or loved ones, these fun prints celebrate some of the sweetest things about Christmas. Awwww.

{Dear Stella Designs Asterisks Flannel +Michael Miller Fabrics’ Diddly Dot Flannel}

Get cozy with some cheerful new flannels! Whether you’re backing some burp . . . → Read More

Sep 11, 2014/Julie

Gotta Love Fino Yarn

{Manos del Uruguay Fino in Birdcage, Watered Silk, Boudoir, Havisham + Pocketwatch}

Here’s some Thursday eye candy for you — a handful of new colors of Manos del Uruguay Fino yarn! Aren’t they gorgeous?

This yarn is pretty darn irresistible, especially when knit into the Churros scarf, a squishy and reversible scarf made with the two-color brioche stitch. We held a complimentary workshop this past June to get folks started on their own Churros. If you missed it, you can still give it a try! Give it a go on your own or call us to sign up for a . . . → Read More

Sep 7, 2014/Julie

Owls, Leaves, Far Far Away, Alphabet (and Piggies)

{Select fabrics from Dear Stella’s Woodwinked collection : Owls, Hearts + Leaves}

We’ve got some new fabrics over here! These new prints from Dear Stella’s Woodwinked collection of quilting cottons are getting me excited for the changing of seasons. Though, not having to mow the lawn quite as often *might* have this fabric beat in terms of getting me excited for Fall. And, no, let’s not talk about raking leaves just yet. . .

I love the unexpected color combinations of rusty red, pewter, and citron in these whimsical forest prints. Okay, maybe the hearts aren’t screaming “forest,” but they coordinate . . . → Read More

Aug 29, 2014/Julie

Labor Day + Fall Hours

Thank you all so much for a terrific Summer season! I hope you’re about to get yourself a nice, long, relaxing Labor Day Weekend and enjoy these last bits of the Summer. After a wonderfully busy but exhausting Summer of juggling shop 6 days per week and baby, I hope to find myself some kind of relaxation this weekend, too. Four consecutive hours of sleep would count in my book!

Our Summer hours are in effect until Labor Day Monday (9/1) and then we’ll begin our new Fall hours. So, the next few days at Home Made will look like . . . → Read More

Aug 24, 2014/Julie

Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails

Later this Fall, Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light yarn will be making its debut at Home Made. Can NOT wait! In anticipation of it’s arrival AND performing as the opening act, we have Unicorn Tails!

Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails are the cutest mini-skeins that make for a perfect way to sample Tosh Merino Light. That way, you’ll see what you’re in for when our larger skeins arrive in a few weeks. Start dreaming now about what you’ll knit! ;) With these 52-yard skeins of Madelinetosh hand-dyed 100% super wash merino fingering yarn (say that 3 times fast), you could knit a . . . → Read More

Aug 19, 2014/Julie

Buy 4, Get 1 Fabric Sale

Call it sleep deprivation or just plain denial, but I’m only just now coming to terms with the fact that it’s almost September. Eeek! Whatever the reason, I’m inspired to capture the last bit of Summer and enjoy it with a SALE!

Now through Labor Day, BUY 4 YARDS OF FABRIC, GET ONE FREE. Yep, that means you can pick out 4 yards of the same fabric and get a 5th yard of that fabric for free. Quilt backing or background? Or, you can buy 1 yard each of 4 different fabrics and pick out another to take home. . . . → Read More

Aug 18, 2014/Julie

Swans Island Ecowash DK Yarn

{Swans Island Ecowash DK in Midnight, Cumin, Pewter, Verdigris + Cayenne}

A customer recently described my shop as “highly curated.” Which I thought was a very nice way of complimenting the selection but also politely observing that there ain’t no mountains of yarn nor are there bolts of fabric stacked floor to ceiling. As the owner and operator of a small shop, I take great care to find seek out and stock my store with what I find to be the best and most beautiful. The way I see it, carefully curating my shop is just an additional service I provide that . . . → Read More

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