Oct 30, 2014/Julie

Madelinetosh Fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders

Madelinetosh Twist Care for MSF

Do you know about Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres or MSF)? Since 1971, MSF has been helping people worldwide where the need is greatest by delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care. For instance, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Well, Madelinetosh has created a special, limited edition rainbow colorway for their Twist Light yarn and will be donating 100% of their profits from this yarn to MSF. Their goal is to raise $10K by the end of November. Pretty cool, eh?

You guessed it! A limited quantity of this limited edition yarn is now available at Home Made. (: So, stop by to grab a skein or few to enjoy this fabulous yarn and support MSF.

A few details about Madelinetosh Twist Light yarn so you can start dreaming up what you’ll knit: it’s 75% super wash merino and 24% nylon, there are 420 yards in each skein, it’s fingering weight, and it can withstand a wash in your machine but needs to dry flat. In other words, it’d be perfect for socks, a hat, a shawl or even a sweater! You got options. Lots of options. (:


P.S. I know it’s not yet Halloween, but if you’re starting to think about holiday gifts — a skein of this yarn would be a pretty rockin’ one for your favorite knitter. Just sayin’. . .
Madelinetosh limited edition Twist Light for MSF is available for purchase at Home Made, while supplies last. Don’t live nearby? Just call 609.536.2940 and we’ll put together a mail order.
Oct 28, 2014/Julie


Herrington Cowl


Herrington Cowl Detail{Herrington : knitting pattern by Knitterella}

My Herrington cowl is all finished, blocked, and ready to wear! I’m thrilled with out it turned out.

I used Manos del Uruguay Fino in Ivory Letter Opener for my background color and The Fibre Company’s Canopy Fingering Sarsparilla for my contrast color.

Herrington was the project for one of our complimentary knit workshops over the Summer. Sorry if you missed it! This project made for a terrific first color work project. And, I think I can speak for the ladies in attendance — color work turned out to be way easier than they imagined. Are you ready to try knitting your own Herrington?

Now that Herrington is all finished, I’ve got my eye on this fun fair isle project. Especially since a new batch of DK yarn arrived — Hikoo’s Kenzie!


Manos del Uruguay yarn, The Fibre Company yarn, Hikoo yarn, the Herrington knitting pattern, and all sort of other good crafty stuff is sold at Home Made! Stop by our brick and mortar shop or call 609.536.2940 to place a mail order.

Oct 19, 2014/Julie

Cotton + Steel Reversible Box Tote

Reversible Box Tote{Reversible Box Tote : free pattern by Very Shannon}

I’ve been talking about how much I love this Reversible Box Tote pattern on Facebook, in the shop, and via our email newsletter for weeks but I haven’t shown it to you! Well, until now. Obviously.

I’ve actually made two of them. So far. Each with different fabrics. All from Cotton + Steel. Both to gift to two lovely ladies. But. . . I only took photos of one before passing them along. So, you’ll just have to take my word for it that the other one was also very cute and very functional.

The pattern instructs you to use any quilting weight cotton fabric and stabilize with interfacing. Which I’m sure would turn out terrific. I, however, am addicted to quilting bag exteriors ever since I made my Cargo Duffle which means that I disregarded “the rules” and took the suggestion at the beginning of the pattern to quilt (instead of use interfacing) for the sake of bag stability. And to feed my addiction. I layered cotton canvas atop a very thin batting and quilted straight lines with my walking presser foot before assembling. It took a bit more time but I really do love the finished result.

I also decided that I didn’t need my bag to be reversible. Nor did I need a pocket for the exterior of my bag. Neither are significant changes to the bag — I just ignored a few things but mostly followed the instructions. Follow? I hope so.

Reversible Box Tote

You could use this sweet little tote for lots of things. But, as a knitter, I say it’s perfect for knitterly things. The start of my cabled boot liners got to hang out in there for the photo.

Will you give the Reversible Box Tote pattern a try? We’ve got some reeeeally neat fabrics here at Home Made from which you can choose!


Cotton + Steel fabrics, batting, thread, sewing machine needles, pins, other sewing stuff AND lots of knitterly things are sold at Home Made! Support your local, independent shops and stop by to get your supplies — we sure do appreciate your business as it’s what allows us to keep doing what we do.


Oct 18, 2014/Julie

Cotton + Steel Super Tote

{Super Tote : sewing pattern by Noodlehead sold at Home Made}

Everyone tells me that when you have a baby, the days are long but the weeks are short. Which feels very true. So, it either took me a few long days or a short week to sneak in time to make this Super Tote using our new Cotton + Steel fabrics. Either way, I’m enjoying the accomplishment of having made this super cute and functional bag! On a somewhat related note, Brian’s morning glories sure are hanging in beautifully, aren’t they? 

The Super Tote just one of a handful of Noodlehead sewing patterns . . . → Read More

Oct 16, 2014/Julie

Learn to Quilt!

If learning to quilt is on your “list,” then now is the time! We’re offering a new project for our beginner quilting class — the Divided by 3 Table Runner. Sure, we love a nice big handmade quilt to snuggle up with but the reality of larger projects is that they require much more time to pass between meetings (and a lot more homework on your part), sometimes making it tricky to show you all the basics to get you on your quilting way. And, who doesn’t love a table runner to jazz things up a bit in that dining room?

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Oct 14, 2014/Julie

Pumpkins + Cousins

I bet you woke up today and thought to yourself, “Where the in the world can I find the supplies and pattern to knit a super cute pumpkin hat?” Well then, this post is for YOU! ;)

One fun benefit of Ezra having two older cousins is that he gets their hand-me-downs. So, in addition to loads of clothes and other baby supplies, we are enjoying the comeback of this pumpkin hat that I originally knit for Finn! I used the lovely Spud & Chloe Sweater, a super wash worsted yarn made of organic cotton and wool. Perfect for kids . . . → Read More

Oct 9, 2014/Julie

New Knitting Classes : Savannah Boot Liners + Parquet

{Savannah Boot Liners : knitting pattern + photograph by Pam Powers}

Hopefully, this chilly air is inspiring you to pick those knitting needles up! It certainly has that effect on me — these days, my morning routine often involves sipping coffee as I knit a few rows with the news on in the background. I love starting my day with knitting. (:

Being able to wear your new knitwear right away also helps in the inspiration department. So, since it’s now boot and scarf season, I will confess that the two knitting classes I’m offering in November are inspired . . . → Read More

Oct 8, 2014/Julie

Craft Night at Tuckahoe Brewery






On Thursday, November 6 from 6-8 PM we’re hanging out at Tuckahoe Brewing Company, drinking some locally crafted beer, and making cross stitch pendants. How fun is that?! You should totally grab a few pals and join us!

At this event, we’ll be enjoying a tour of the brewery as well as a beer tasting and a pint of our choice while we make a unique cross stitch pendant necklace. You can read the full scoop on our classes page here.

Cost is $45 and it includes the . . . → Read More

Oct 7, 2014/Julie

Keep It Snuggly

I asked my favorite unpaid employee (aka my mother) to stitch up a shop sample that would show off our new super snuggly Organic Cotton Sherpa and fun alphabet fabric. Mom quilted the layers together with a simple running stitch and some Valdani pearl cotton thread. I just love how it turned out!

She adjusted this tutorial to use one yard of each fabric so it would be a bit smaller for a baby. Though, now that this sample is all finished, I can’t wait to make the larger size for myself to snuggle up with on the couch at night. . . . → Read More

Sep 28, 2014/Julie

Say Hello to 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 . . . → Read More

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