Jul 16, 2014/Julie

Just for Fun + Swim Team Fabrics

Just for Fun by Birch Fabrics{Just for Fun by Birch Fabrics : Dottie Multi, Ellie Fam Multi + Camper Rally Multi}

Check out some of our new fabrics! From Birch Fabrics, we have a few prints from their Just for Fun collection of organic quilting cottons. The organic fabric is really delicious to sew and I just can’t get enough of those campers. If that Camper Rally print looks familiar, it’s because I used it to make Ezra a crib sheet. Next, I think I’ll have to make him a simple yet snuggly blanket. Sure, I’ll get right on that. Once my sleep-deprived and scatter-brained mind remembers what else I have to do first. . . ;)

Swim Team by Dinara Mirtalipova{Select prints from Swim Team by Dinara Mirtalipova for Windham Fabrics}

Swim Team Fat Quarters

I also just added a pair of prints from Dinara Mirtalipova’s Swim Team collection for Windham Fabrics. And, I pulled together some fun fat quarter bundles, too. I love the subtle design of these fabrics where, at first glance, you might not see those sweet orange fishies swimming throughout. Awww, fishes. 

Wouldn’t these make for a gorgeous table runner and/or placemats? Psst — we’ve got one spot left in our Seaside Table Runner class next week. Join us!

What will you make?


Birch Fabric’s Just for Fun and Windham Fabric’s Swim Team, along with loads of other pretty fabrics are sold at Home Made. Stop on by! Or, if you can’t get here, just call 609.536.2940 to place a mail order.



Jul 10, 2014/Julie

Speedy Cowl + Stovetop Hat

Speedy Cowl{Speedy : knitting pattern by Casapinka, available on Ravelry}

What was knitting life like before cowls and infinity scarves? I’m not sure I even want to imagine it. A cowl is usually the first thing I think of when I see a beautiful yarn and am brainstorming a new knitting project. I haven’t given too much thought as to why I love them so. I just do. (:

One of my new loves is Speedy. Tammy introduced us. It was love at first sight.

Speedy Cowl Detail

I asked Tammy to knit this sample for the shop so we could share the love and show off how pretty it is. You can wear Speedy as pictured or double wrap it. And it’s reversible!

Speedy is made with Manos del Uruguay’s Maxima yarn and uses the linen stitch, which creates that really neat texture. If you’re new to the linen stitch, this would be a perfect project for giving it a whirl. Tammy used two skeins of Maxima yarn in Natural and one skein of Maxima yarn in Shocking for this Speedy. The Shocking color really gives it a fun pop of color, don’t you think?

Naturally, after Speedy was finished, our next thought was — what hat could you knit to wear with it?

Stovetop Hat{Stovetop : knitting pattern by Tin Can Knits, available at Home Made}

Tammy’s sister Heather remembered me talking about the Stovetop hat that I made a few months ago. Since it was on her to-knit list, I enlisted her help to knit a matching one that we could show off with Speedy. Heather used Maxima yarn in Shocking, which really shows off all those pretty cable stitches.

If we have another long and dreary winter like last, this hat and cowl would definitely bring some sunshine to a winter get-up! Will you give either one a try?


You can find loads of Manos del Uruguay Maxima yarn at Home Made, the Stovetop Hat pattern knitting needles and other fun knitting stuff at Home Made. The Speedy Cowl pattern can be found here. If you don’t live nearby, just call 609.536.2940 and we’ll put together a mail order!


Jul 8, 2014/Julie

Big ol’ Blue Sky Sale

Big ol' Blue Sky Sale

Sure, it’s hot. Okay, really hot. But, this is the time of year I’ve been dreaming of for months. Haven’t you? That winter we had was ROUGH. 

To celebrate Summer — yes, even this heat wave — we’re having a Big ol’ Blue Sky Sale. Woohoo! For the rest of July, all of our Blue Sky Alpacas yarn is 20 – 50% OFF and all of our Blue Sky Alpacas knitting patterns are 30% OFF. While supplies last, of course. So, stop by to get yourself some Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky, Sport, Melange, Worsted Cotton, Multi Cotton, Skinny Cotton, Brushed Suri, Worsted Hand Dyes, and Alpaca Silk yarn!

This is the perfect time to grab supplies for your holiday projects. Christmas IS only 4 months away . . . Or, stock up for the projects you’ve had your eye on. Like this, this, this or this? Also, this hat makes a terrific present for your favorite guy or make yourself these mittens. Plus, people are always having babies so why not be prepared and grab yarn to knit a sweet baby blanket or baby sweater! Why not?! 

I could go on and on brainstorming projects for you but let’s call it for now. Instead, I’ll give you a minute to process the big news about our big sale. Then, get yourself in here for first dibs on all this great yarn! See ya soon. (:


Blue Sky Alpacas yarn, patterns and lots of other crafty goodies are sold at Home Made! If you don’t live nearby, just call 609.536.2940 and let’s put together a mail order. No problem.


Jul 2, 2014/Julie

Herrington : Complimentary Knit Workshop for August

At night, if Ezra decides he’s agreeable to the idea, I read him a story before bedtime. Though, I’ll admit — he more often chooses to scream his head off. What a baby! ;) One of “our” favorites is this book, which I believe is helping instill in him an appreciation for making things. Growing up in a yarn and fabric shop, of a family that makes many things by hand, will probably help with that, too.

It must be his love for handmade that’s convinced Ezra that mama needs time to knit. It must! And, the fact that . . . → Read More

Jun 29, 2014/Julie

Nautical Chambray Prints by Robert Kaufman

{Nautique Chambray Prints in Indigo by Robert Kaufman}

Have you ever stitched with chambray? I’ve used our Chambray Union fabrics to make myself a Wiksten tank and the curtains in Ezra’s nursery. This fabric is a generous 57″ wide, is light-weight, and great for clothing, home dec projects and even quilts. Yes, quilts!

Just arrived to the shop are these two nautical chambray prints from Robert Kaufman. They show off that seashore style in a really classic way, don’t you think? I bet you could whip up a fabulous new shower curtain for the beach house, stitch up some . . . → Read More

Jun 27, 2014/Julie

Manos del Uruguay’s Franca Yarn, a Weekend Cowl + Our Summer Hours

{Weekend Cowl in Franca yarn : pattern + yarn by Manos del Uruguay}

What are you up to this weekend? Might I suggest stopping by the Home Made shop to grab a skein of Manos del Uruguay’s new Franca yarn + a copy of their Weekend Cowl pattern? And, while I’m being bossy and making suggestions for your weekend, I’ll add that you should bring your new project to Pub Knit! We’re hanging out at Hawk Haven Winery starting at 4:30PM on Sunday, 6/29.

Let me give you the low-down on Franca. It’s a brand-new yarn from Manos del Uruguay. . . . → Read More

Jun 24, 2014/Julie

It’s All About the Tools

Having the right tools can really make an experience, don’t you think? I’ve recently added some new ones for knitting to the shop and thought I’d share my favorites. Could they be my favorites because I personally picked them out for the store? Absolutely! And, I wouldn’t steer you wrong. Do you recognize any from your own knitting bag?

Knitter’s Graph Paper Journal : This graph paper notebook is not only great for sketching intarsia, stranded color work, fair isle, lace and cable knit designs, you can use it as a progress journal for all your knitting projects. I . . . → Read More

Jun 22, 2014/Julie

Summer Quilting Classes



{Seaside Table Runner Class : pattern and photograph by Jaybird Quilts}

Okay. So, I’ve already told you about the fun sewing classes we’ve got planned for Summer. And, hopefully you saw my posts about this complimentary knitting workshop and our sweater class. But, what about quilting?! We can’t leave out quilting!

We’ve got two exciting new quilt projects and a skills-building workshop in the line-up that you won’t want to miss. If you’re totally new to patchwork or would like to learn some new tricks like cutting and assembling geometric shapes, join us for the Seaside Table Runner . . . → Read More

Jun 15, 2014/Julie

Featherweight Cardigan Class

Have you knit the Featherweight Cardigan? It’s a basic sweater pattern that’s terrific for those who are new to garment knitting. Though, as its a great wardrobe staple, it would be a satisfying project for even a more experienced knitter. The Featherweight Cardigan is made with a top-down raglan construction and is mostly stockinette. Read: No seams! And, fast knitting! 

After I knit the 3/4 length sleeves, I’ll pick up stitches and knit more ribbing along the front sides and neck to finish. So . . . when I’m all done it will look like this:

{Featherweight . . . → Read More

Jun 12, 2014/Julie

Knit Collage Yarn + Ladder Stitch Cowl

{Ladder Stitch Cowl : pattern and yarn by Knit Collage}

Sometimes, you come across a yarn that’s so unique and beautiful and kinda funky that you just don’t know what you’ll do besides take it home and maybe hang it on your wall to display so you can stare at it and feel justified in your purchase.

Sometimes, you come across a yarn that’s so unique and beautiful and kinda funky and you’re given a free and very basic knitting pattern since you purchased it from a certain charming shop along the Jersey Shore. So you knit a fabulous . . . → Read More

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