Apr 30, 2015/Julie

Togue Pond

Ezra is scared of the vacuum. I can’t blame him. It’s super loud and weird looking. But, this means that to actually be able to vacuum without causing mass hysteria, I have to carry my beautiful 24 lb. babe on one arm/hip while I use the other arm to operate the raucous thing. Even then he is NOT pleased so I try to make it quick. It also means that on days like today, where the temperatures are approaching 70 (hallejulah!), I can work up a sweat for an activity that really shouldn’t be all that physically taxing. At least he is . . . → Read More

Apr 16, 2015/Julie

Quince & Co. Sparrow

{Quince & Co. Sparrow in Pigeon, Maize, Pink Grapefruit, Moon, Paprika + Citron – Sans + Banyon arriving soon}

Here’s the second post showing off another of our new-to-us yarns from Quince & Co. — Sparrow. Just like Kestrel, Sparrow is made of organic linen but it’s a fingering weight. This smooth yarn is a bit crisp as you’re knitting and becomes super soft with wash and wear. And, like all linen fabric — woven or knit — your finished project will have a beautiful drape, perfect for warmer weather accessories and garments.

My knitting needles are currently occupied with Togue Pond, but I . . . → Read More

Apr 16, 2015/Julie

Quince & Co. Kestrel

{Quince & Co. Kestrel in Porpoise, Rosehip, Senza, Pebble, Aegean, Minos, Anemone, Yarrow + Cove}

Now HERE is a yarn that summer wardrobe dreams are made of. As soon as Quince & Co. Kestrel and Sparrow yarns arrived last week, I couldn’t help but imagine myself sporting a few new tops and accessories made of this gorgeous linen. With warm weather fast approaching, I knew I had to get started on my first project with linen over the weekend.

This is the first of two posts introducing you to the latest yarn to join the Home Made shop. Let’s start with Quince & . . . → Read More

Apr 11, 2015/Julie

Saturday Breakfast Swatching

Did you see what arrived the other day? I’ll be introducing you to Quince & Co. Kestrel and Sparrow more formally on the blog soon. In the meantime, I thought I’d show you a little of what I was up to on this sunny Saturday morning. While Ezra ate breakfast and I sipped coffee, I was able to snag a few minutes to start a gauge swatch for my next knitting project.

Would you ever try linen yarn and knit yourself a Togue Pond tank?


{Quince & Co. Kestrel and Sparrow organic linen yarns and knitting patterns are . . . → Read More

Apr 7, 2015/Julie

Franca Drop Stitch Cowl + Maxima Livezey House Wrap

{Drop Stitch Cowl in Manos del Uruguay Franca}

This is the time of year when a whole lot of “behind the scenes” stuff happens for me and the shop. Really, it’s all the things that owning-your-own-shop-dreams are made of — like extra paperwork and running financial reports and filing taxes and spring cleaning and learning new point of sale technology and new workings of websites. All the things a creatively-inclined person LOVES to do. ;)

Sure, there are some exciting elements to these tasks. And I do surprise myself with how much “tech” I can learn and figure out with a . . . → Read More

Mar 17, 2015/Julie

Cascade Eco Duo

{Cascade Yarns’ Eco Duo/Color Duo in Blue & Grey, Storm, Denim, Zebra, Vanilla + Moccasin}

Have you ever knit with Cascade Yarns’ Eco Duo or Color Duo? Well, we’ve recently welcomed a batch to the Home Made shop and I think you’re really gonna like it.  A single ply aran weight yarn comprised of baby alpaca and merino wool, this yarn is one of the softest yarns I’ve encountered. And, the color transitions create a really beautiful stripes. Gotta love self-striping yarn because that means you don’t have to weave in any ends for the color change!

I’ve started knitting . . . → Read More

Mar 7, 2015/Julie

Garter Rib Sport Socks + Schoppel Wolle’s Ambiente

{Garter Rib Sport Socks in Schoppel Wolle’s Ambiente yarn + Michael Miller’s Something’s Fishy fabric}

One of the yarns that’s been inspiring some knitting projects around here is Schoppel Wolle’s Ambiente, a sturdy 100% super wash merino sport weight yarn that’s softy, bouncy, a whole lot of fair isle-inspired fun. Even the simplest patterns come alive with this yarn–the fair isle patterning created by the dyeing process does most of the work for you!

My friend Tammy recently knit some Garter Rib Sport Socks, a free pattern that you can find here. Gosh, don’t you wish you were on Tammy’s to-knit-for . . . → Read More

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

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