Over the years, I’ve observed that knitters are caring people who are concerned about the welfare of others, as well as the environment. I know many knitters think about sustainability factors when choosing your yarns and knitting projects. Personally, I’m not a “fast-fashion” person, and I enjoy the hard work that goes into handmade knitwear. I take a lot of pride in my work and even spend time mending old projects to give them new lives. So let’s explore more ways that we can enact sustainable habits in our knitting. This way, we can keep these great items and projects in our lives longer and also be kind to our environment.
Do you miss the days when we could shop at our local yarn stores, run our hands on the yarn, and experience the textures? I can’t tell how much I miss the experience and those yarn shops with which I have worked over the past couple of years.
When I was teaching around the country, stopping by local yarn stores definitely added a lot of joy to my travels. So to send some love to the yarn shops which are near and dear to my heart, I’d like to share this list of some of my favorite yarn shops with you.
Although most of the stores have not yet reopened, some of them are still accepting online orders. Visit them virtually and explore the goods they have to support them during these difficult times.
As you know, the cancelations of knitting events has hit teachers and event organizers hard, but it has also impacted vendors and our local yarn stores. Supporting local and small businesses is one of the great ways to send out our love and help our craft community during this crisis.
I’m extremely thankful that I get to work with a lot of amazing vendors, and they really do a great job ensuring that we can get the supplies we need for our projects. So, please allow me to introduce these amazing folks who are doing their best to provide us with beautiful yarn even during this challenging time.
As you know, our lives have changed quite drastically recently, and the best and most effective thing we can do to play our part in the situation is to stay at home. And trust me, I know it’s hard, especially given just how social knitting can be. There are some ways you can stay productive and knit some positive feels into your project, though.
I know how much our community loves giving back to those in need, so if you’d like to give to others, I’ve put together this list of organizations that would gladly accept your knitting donations. Let’s put those needles to work! Every small act of goodwill can make a huge difference.
IT’S OUR 11th VIDEO KAL!!!
I am so excited to start another KAL on my Ravelry group. It’s spring time, so I wanted to create a fun knit that teaches some brand new tricks.
Join now! The pattern AND full video sweater class is only $10 during the KAL, AND get another 10% off coupon code when you join my newsletter by March 16. That’s 50% off!!
While many knitters enjoy the solitude of knitting on your own, an international online survey found that knitting in a group had a significant impact on perceived happiness.
If you have taken any of my online or in-person classes, you’ve probably experienced some benefits from knitting with others. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why.
Our community never ceases to amaze me! If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, you’ll see I love to share positive stories of knitters and crocheters coming together to create change in their lives or the lives of others. Whether it’s knitting little hats for premature babies, mats for animals in shelters, or even beautifying spaces through yarnbombing, there’s always an opportunity to do something wonderful with yarn. We love knitting, and we love giving back, so here is a way to combine them!
Are you interested in crafting a project to help someone or an animal in need? Here are 5 charities that use knitting to make the world a better place.
Another video KAL comes to an end (but this time I’m not sooo sad because the Hudson Valley Cardi will go on sale June 10)!! I can’t believe more than 1500 people joined in on the fun of knitting this tee. Some knit it now, while others will cast on later!
Through it all, the help and support of every knitter on the Ravelry group was always there. Nearly 5000 amazing knitters helped each other and cheered each other on through every step of the way.
Haven’t joined us yet? If you are feeling inspired to try it, Roselle Tee Video Sweater pattern comes with hours of video tutorials, all the gauge option and knitting how-tos for only will be $16.00!! It’s never too late to jump into any video class, as the videos (embedded in the pattern) never expire, and the message boards stay live forever.
Now it’s time to discuss…
It’s time for the spring knit-along!!! I am so excited to start another KAL on my Ravelry group. There will be tons of teaching and fun, prizes and a great garment! This garment, the Roselle Tee, is totally reversible so it’s like getting TWO tops for the price of one (actually three, but more on that in a second).
As always, there will be HOURS of video tutorials, and modification documents to help you every step of the way.
After May 20 the KAL – sweater class versions (with all the how tos, video tutorials, and modification notes) will be $16. So get it now, knit it now or later and SAVE!
Two weeks ago, clue #1 for the Harbor Springs Video KAL hit the in box of 350 knitters. We’ve only just begun and there are new knitters joining us everyday! We are now over 480 knitters strong!
We have given out two fabulous participation prizes so far (we pick a new winner every week!), there are three giant grand prize packages in November (and yes, one of them will be for a WIP!)
Knitters who join us before Nov 5 will still get 28 video tutorials (nearly 4 hours of filmed sweater instruction), all the sweater modifications and knitting how tos for just $10!