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

Sugar Rush Holiday Fabric{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.

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

Get cozy with some cheerful new flannels! Whether you’re backing some burp cloths, sewing a baby blanket, or just looking to make a new pair of pajama pants — these fabrics are super soft AND sunny.

Polka Dot Fabric{Michael Miller Fabrics’ Dumb Dot in Gray + Tangerine}

Tiny Gingham Fabric{Michael Miller Fabrics’ Tiny Gingham in Pink + Nite}

Who doesn’t love a polka dot or gingham? For anything! Maybe to line a few of these?

Cotton Couture + Sherpa{Michael Miller Fabrics’ Cotton Couture in Starfruit, Love, and Orange + Organic Sherpa in Natural}

Sherpa Detail

Finally, we have some fresh solids from Michael Miller’s Cotton Couture line along with their uber snuggly Organic Sherpa. Sherpa! I’ve got one of these in the works already.

What will you sew?


All these beautiful fabrics are available for purchase by the 1/2 yard at Home Made! And, our holiday fabrics are also available in fat quarter bundles. Don’t live nearby? Just call 609.536.2940 to to put together a mail order.

Sep 11, 2014/Julie

Gotta Love Fino Yarn

Manos del Uruguay 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 knitting lesson.

Fino is a fingering weight yarn made of an elegant blend of silk and merino wool that’s beautiful for shawls and scarves. You can find more project ideas for this yummy yarn here. And, check out this beautiful shawl one of our customers recently made!


Manos del Uruguay yarns, including Fino, and loads of other knitting goodness is available for purchase at Home Made. Don’t live nearby? Just call 609.536.2940 to put together a mail order.

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

Aug 12, 2014/Julie

A Finished Featherweight

{Featherweight : pattern by Knitbot, shop sample knit with The Fibre Company’s Canopy Fingering yarn}

And, we have a new sweater! I just finished blocking the Featherweight cardigan sample I made for the shop and really love how it turned out. What do you think? 

I always feel relief when I finish a bigger project like a sweater. Along with loads of repetitive knitting stockinette or rib stitches, this project has been on my needles for over two months. Two months! That means that I’ve had some solid time to daydream about what my next project could be. We’re adding some new yarns . . . → Read More

Jul 30, 2014/Julie

Shot Cottons by Rowan Fabrics

{Shot Cottons by Kaffe Fassett for Rowan Fabrics : Scarlet, Apricot, Lipstick, Honeydew, Ice, Jade, Aegean, and Tobacco}

I’ve had my eye on adding some new basics to the shop’s fabric stock for a while now, particularly these delicious Shot Cottons from Kaffe Fassett’s collection for Rowan Fabrics. Aren’t they gorgeous?! If you’ve heard of Kaffe Fassett, you know he’s a master of color. In fact, he even dreams in color. ;)

Just in are a selection of beautiful colors that might just be the perfect addition to your current project. Or a project of your dreams! Be warned: . . . → Read More

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