Why knitting could be the secret ingredient to a better life

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I really liked Christina Baker Kline’s piece in the New York Times about why she didn’t use to knit, or garden, or do anything that would keep her from her focus of writing and being a writer. There’s a touching paragraph about her beloved mother, who “moved from one passion to the next like a tornado moving across a flat landscape, sweeping up everything in its path and flinging it aside — astrology, feminist activism, organic gardening.” “Knitting was no different. For a few years, skeins of yarn piled up in baskets around the house. There weren’t enough humans in…

How to knit a braided headband

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For a few months now I can’t stop thinking about knitting. It all started with Teo (hello 😉 who mentioned We Are Knitters, then I remembered the effect this vest from Wool and the gang had on me when I saw it last year (I think?) and it all came down on me, like an avalanche of purled and knitted stitches, wooden needles and lots of types of new yarn. You might have guessed this from my latest post on knitting needs and wants. Anyway, one day I saw this awesome headband, from Kelerabeus on Kollabora, who made this wonderful white…

The confessions of a Craftsy class hoarder

This is the sad story of how I hoard sewing classes (because they are amazing!) and then how I never end up watching them (because I find out about other amazing things!) I want to change. A little. At least finish one of my 5 Craftsy classes that I enrolled in the last few years. Now, Craftsy is having a class sale this weekend and I hope I have enough strenght not to take the Jean-ius Reverse Engineer Your Favorite Fit class. Must have discipline! The 5 classes I am enrolled in and a bit of context about each: Pant Fitting techniques…

Hand-knitted washcloths !

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It’s king of great that today is Earth Day and also the day I show you my first knitted washcloth. I know youre probably thinking, yeah, what’s the big deal, but for me, knitting is a whole new thing I can’t stop thinking about. And how great it is when you can make something useful and learn a new stitch or a new technique. Washcloths are cool for various reasons: they are easier to care for and collect less bacteria than kitchen sponges (maybe beycause dry faster?). If you use them in the bath, the cotton bumps are textured enough…

12 interior decor tips from Ikea

12 interior decor ideas from ikea

Tiny homes can look airy and bigger if everything is in its place (leaving space for he occasional hat on the floor and stray sock on the sofa).  Easier said than done. Yet there are some fun ways you could create more storage and make your stored things look pretty. Here are some ideas from Ikea. Some are old ideas with a really fresh interpretation, some are really cool, like the fabric sandwich headboard. So read on! Follow sky’s board Interior design tips from Ikea on Pinterest. Are you tired of clear boxes and hat boxes and carboard boxes in…

5 Inspiring knits to transition to spring

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Hello readers! It’s been quite a while, I know. Many things have happened since, moved to a new country, moving to a new house and a serious case of wardrobe edit. Which felt fantastic. One of the things I’ve taken up in the last couple of months is knitting. I can’t believe I stayed away from it for so many years. I’ve just finished my first sweater (I’ll tell you more about it in a future post) and I’ve made quite a few cowl neck scarves and even a (horrible and too big!) beanie for my boyfriend. So, there’s still…

On bloggers selling e-books, courses, content

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As a blogger creating content and, in the past, as an Etsy seller I’ve always been thorn between offering content for free and trying to monetize the blog by selling my own sewing patterns and even e-books. I love buying things from people I respect and admire: patterns from independent pattern makers, even more so if they are wonderful bloggers, books and e-books and even courses, but on my own blog I felt strange about linking to my shop, talking about a new purse I’ve just listed or even selling a pattern I thought people will like. Like I was…

The top 10 Sewing Blogs that Inspire Me Most

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I’ve learned most of the things I know from blogs and from forums before that. Blogs are great when you move from home and you find yourself in a new place, with no friends who are interested in sewing and making things. They are great when you’re sewing mojo is gone for a week or a month or when you have no time to sew. You make yourself a cup of coffee and read on about other sewing adventures. You laugh some, you learn some. Sewing blogs are one of the best things in the world I’ve written before about…

7 beginner tips for flat pattern making (sewing)

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  Since I got my hands of a copy of Helen Joseph Armstrong’s Patternmaking for Fashion Design I have the feeling learning to do the patterns I want to make is not that far away. I’ve said it before, but the book is great. Maybe you remember my Sewing Course: Lesson 2 in which I was showing you how to draft the front part of a bodice pattern. I was using Helen Joseph Armstrong’s instructions in this book. Coming back to my blog post I discovered a few errors in the guide and fixed them. It’s great when you notice your own mistakes.…

How to adjust upper and lower thread tension on a sewing machine

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How many times has your sewing machine started to make stubborn monster-like noises and proceeded to pull your fabric towards the bobbin? Or maybe only managed to sew some you, useless, loose stitches? Do you still think your sewing machine “doesn’t sew knit fabric”? In this post I am sharing what I know about thread tension. If you have your own tips or you have a different opinion, I would love to hear it! How to adjust upper thread tension on a sewing machine Adjusting the thread tension for the thread on top should be a pretty straightforward thing. Or at least…