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Announcing the 16 Weeks of Weekender KAL!

  The Weekender is a simple worsted weight pullover, knit from the bottom up with drop sleeves. Classy details like a tubular cast-on and short rows make this simple sweater anything but boring! The Weekender is an excellent pattern for beginner and expert garment knitters alike.  image c/o Andrea Mowry on Ravelry   This KAL is all about process and participation. Instead of finished objects being entered into the prize pools, you gain points for each milestone you complete. Milestones are things like completing the tubular cast on, separating for the sleeves, blocking, etc. See the full list of milestones below. Completing each milestone will earn you one point. One point = one entry into the prize pool!   How...

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Why We Make: Self-Expression

Today, we're kicking off a new series here on the blog: the Why We Make series. This series will delve into the different reasons people choose to make and how those reasons are good for the soul. The Why We Make series will not only enumerate the different ways that makers fill themselves up by creating things, but invite us all to experience different reasons for making to deepen our understanding of our crafts and ourselves. This post in the Why We Make series is all about making as self-expression. Self-expression is the process of taking your internal thoughts, dreams, and ideas and putting them out into the world as something that can be experienced by others. Through the process...

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Kendra's Fall Faves

Well, friends, we made it. Through long, hot summer days, we have arrived at my favorite season: fall. I think many knitters (and people in general) love fall for so many reasons: the more agreeable temperatures, the beauty of the trees as they change colors, and (of course) the arrival of seasonal hot drinks that are so easy to cozy up with. I revel in fall for all of these reasons and also because it signals the return of sweater weather - not only for the wearing of sweaters but for the knitting of them as well.  I've noticed myself bringing out the same things each time I sit down to knit. I revel in my time knitting when I...

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Getting Gauge Part 3: Make it Work for YOU

Welcome to Part 3 of the Getting Gauge series! This is the last part in a series on gauge; Part 1 was the intro and Part 2 was all about swatching. This final installment of the Getting Gauge series will go over how to leverage the information you got from your swatch to get the best finished object possible. This post is for you if: your gauge did not match the pattern at all, even on another needle size, or you are substituting yarn of a different weight. Usually stitch gauge is more essential to a fitting garment. It is easy to modify your pattern if your row gauge is off by adding extra rows. This post will start with,...

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Getting Gauge Part 2 - Swatch Like You Mean It

Welcome to Part 2 of the Getting Gauge series! Part 1 of the series went over the basics of gauge - what it is, when it’s important, and how it affects the size of a finished object. This post will delve into swatching, the process of determining your gauge and how it will affect your finished object. For any project that has to fit, you should take the time to knit a full gauge swatch. Sometimes the urge to skip swatching is strong, but the information that you can glean from this little piece of fabric can help inform your whole project and ensure that your finished object is beloved and treasured. The time you take to swatch may save...

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