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

Dec 5, 2014/Julie

Madelinetosh’s Tosh Merino Light Yarn

{Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light yarn in Lowland, Silver Fox, Robin Red Breast + El Greco}

{Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light yarn in Night Bloom, Baroque Violet, Whiskers + Charcoal}

{Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Purple Basil, Holi Festival, Coquette, Dr. Zhivago’s Sky, Optic +Whiskey Barrel}

{Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light yarn in Mica, Volga, Cousteau + Nassau Blue}

I have seven words for you : Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light yarn is here! Happy Friday. (:

In case those photos didn’t have you at hello, let me tell you a little more about this gorgeous yarn. Tosh Merino Light is a 100% super . . . → Read More

Dec 4, 2014/Julie

Fringe Supply Co. Tea Towels

If you’re looking for a whimsical but totally functional holiday gift for your favorite yarn lover, look no further than the new flour sack tea towels from Fringe Supply Co.! These lovelies recently arrived to the Home Made shop and are waiting patiently to be scooped up for stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, and Secret Santa gifts. Psst — pair with a Home Made gift certificate and you’re golden!

Made of unbleached cotton from India and finished and screen printed in the USA, the “high-fiber diet” and Yarn Pyramid tea towels are perfectly cheeky addition to a yarn . . . → Read More

Dec 2, 2014/Julie

January Knit-A-Long : Endgame

How about we welcome 2015 with a Knit-A-Long?

Michelle Hunter, aka the Knit Purl Hunter, hosts progressive knit-a-longs where she offers the basic premise of a new pattern but keeps the details a secret. Then, each Thursday throughout the month, she reveals a bit more of the pattern with loads of helpful tutorials and information.

I know January feels like a long way off, but it’s really not. Hello December! Where did this year go? On January 1st, Michelle will reveal the first set of “clues” on her blog to get us started. While it’s up to you to follow . . . → Read More

Nov 11, 2014/Julie

Madder’s Anthology I

{Sibella Cowl + Cardigan from Madder’s Anthology I :knitting pattern + photography by Carrie Bostick Hoge}

{Camilla Kid from Madder’s Anthology I : knitting pattern + photography by Carrie Bostick Hoge}

{Camilla Shawl from Madder’s Anthology I : knitting pattern + photography by Carrie Bostick Hoge}

{Imogen Wool from Madder’s Anthology I : knitting pattern + photography by Carrie Bostick Hoge}

For the past few days, I’ve been drooling like my teething babe over the newly released Madder’s Anthology I. Just arrived to the Home Made shop, this knitting pattern book offers a collection of four unique stitch stories: . . . → Read More

Nov 4, 2014/Julie

Parquet in Progress

This much of a Parquet Shawl is what’s currently hanging out on my knitting needles. I might be getting a tad bit ahead of myself because I’m already planning what outfits I’ll wear this with once it’s all finished.

The pattern and Canopy Fingering yarn (in River Dolphin) are from The Fibre Company. The cool wooden yarn spool is my trusty, handmade Yarn Buddy. All available in the Home Made shop, folks!

What’s on your knitting needles today?

 

The Fibre Company yarn, knitting patterns, knitting needles and accessories (like Yarn Buddies) are sold at Home Made. If you . . . → Read More

Nov 1, 2014/Julie

Hikoo’s Kenzie Yarn

Today we’re welcoming a yarn newcomer to the Home Made shop — Hikoo’s Kenzie! Have you knit with this yarn? It’s beautifully tweedy. That’s official knitting and textile terminology for ya. (:

Kenzie is a DK yarn made of New Zealand merino, angora and alpaca with a bit of nylon and silk noils. Yummmmm, right? If you’re asking what the heck DK means, it means that you should expect 5 stitches per inch when knit with a recommended needle size of US 6 – 8. This combination of fibers makes for a terrifically textured tweed with plenty of softness and . . . → Read More

Oct 30, 2014/Julie

Madelinetosh Fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders

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 . . . → Read More

Oct 28, 2014/Julie

Herrington

 

{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 . . . → Read More

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