Feb 24, 2015/Julie

Madelinetosh Home

{Madelinetosh Home in Cosmic Wonderdust, Holi Festival, Optic + Modern Fair Isle}

Okay, winter. I’ve had it. It’s completely your fault that I’ve had a sinus infection on and off for two months now and all I want to do is watch movies that awards shows tell me are worth my time (and, some super cheesy ones, too). Okay, winter. Maybe that was a bit harsh considering that poor sinus drainage has been my lot in life for years, I hysterically abandoned my Neti Pot when there were reports of brain-eating amoeba, and probably don’t get enough rest. 

While I’d say . . . → Read More

Feb 19, 2015/Julie

Let’s Catch Up

You know how when you meet a good friend for coffee and there’s so much to catch up on that you start out with a conversation agenda? That way you can quickly summarize what’s new and then highlight the specific topics that need the real serious girl talk? You don’t do that? I don’t believe it! Maybe my approach is a side effect of organizing so many meetings in my former life and/or hanging out with my pal Joanna, who is known to break out flip chart paper and markers when you need help sorting out your life. One . . . → Read More

Feb 15, 2015/Julie

First Knit Sweater Class

{Flax : free sweater pattern by Tin Can Knits}

Don’t you just swoon over a wee one sporting a hand knit sweater? Of course, I’m bit biased about this wee one. Well, if you answered “yes” and, in fact, a sweater has been on your to-knit list, our new First Knit Sweater class is for YOU! Think about how special a hand knit sweater by YOU could be for an expecting friend. *swoon* ;)

The reassuring news about this class is that we’re keeping it manageable with a basic, top-down raglan sweater. You’ll get to choose to knit a baby or child size . . . → Read More

Feb 8, 2015/Julie

Laylow : Complimentary Knit Workshop for March

{Laylow : pattern from Seasonless : Mini Collection, Vol. One pattern booklet by Jane Richmond + Shannon Cook}

The latest project to have come off my knitting needles is Laylow. Laylow, one of three knitting patterns from Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond’s Seasonless : Mini Collection, is a light and airy shawl that’s designed to take you from Winter to Spring (or from Spring to Summer, Summer to Fall, you get the idea) because, well, it’s seasonless.

Laylow is also the latest project to inspire another complimentary knit workshop! On Saturday, March 21 from 10 AM- 12 PM, we’ll get you started . . . → Read More

Feb 3, 2015/Julie

Heavenly Heathers Baby Blanket + Cascade 220

Have you knit with Cascade 220? It’s a worsted weight superwash wool yarn that’s been an enduring favorite with knitters. So, what’s the big news? Well, we recently added a bunch to our shop. That and we made an adorable baby blanket to show it off. That’s all.

 

Our shop sample, knit by my friend Donna, is Heavenly Heathers from Cascade Yarns’ pattern book 60 Quick Baby Blankets. We chose colors grays, blues and green but think this blanket would look just as sweet with some white and pink, too.

I fell in love with this . . . → Read More

Jan 4, 2015/Julie

I Carry Your Heart Hat : February’s Donation Knit Workshop

{I Carry Your Heart : knitting pattern and photograph by Lindsay Ingram of VerbenaKnits}

In the name of love and warm hats and taking care of others, I bring you February’s (kinda) complimentary knit workshop. I say “kinda” because I’ve been offering a complimentary knit workshops for those who purchase their supplies at Home Made and just need a little boost to get started. Remember the Sophia Cowl, the Colorblock Shawl, the Elizabeth Hat, the Onda Cowl, the Kathadin Hat, the Churros Scarf, the Nixie Shawlette, and the Herrington Cowl?

For the month of February, I want to keep the workshops . . . → Read More

Jan 1, 2015/Julie

January Knit-A-Long : Getting Started (Even If You’re Not Totally Ready)

Happy New Year! I love the fresh-start feeling to a new year. Don’t you? I’m not really one to make “resolutions” but I do enjoy the chance to take stock of the past year and think about what new things, new attitudes, or positive changes I’ll shoot for in the new one.

In the words of my pretend friend Amy Poehler, “Great people do things before they’re ready.” I believe her. She’s very successful AND she knits –so she must be trustworthy, too. That’s how I want to start 2015 — being brave and doing stuff I know I must do . . . → Read More

Dec 18, 2014/Julie

Knitting Remedies

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 . . . → Read More

Dec 11, 2014/Julie

Can’t Get Enough 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 . . . → Read More

Dec 7, 2014/Julie

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.

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 . . . → Read More

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