Month: August 2015

the knit list | fall edition

the knit list (n): a list of items singled out as targets to be knit just for me

cool, crisp air. jeans, boots & flannel shirts. my birthday… Yeah, fall is easily my favorite time of year. With the season fast approaching, these gorgeous pieces are on my knit list.

 I just purchased yarn for the Marley shawl – I can’t wait to give brioche a go.

I’ve been drooling over this cozy nook throw, which uses one of my favorite yarns.

These cottage socks will keep my toes toasty on chilly fall nights.

A simple pattern showcases gorgeous yarn in this luxe cowl.

If I have time to try my hand at cables, the Bray cap seems like a good jumping off point.

I better get started – stay tuned for posts on my progress!

What’s on your fall knit list?

a few of my favorite things | round 1

This a collection of some things that I’m currently loving.
Some of it is knitting-related… some of it isn’t.

Coffee, donuts & knitting… what’s not to love?!

I love Parks & Rec and this quote. April & Andy forever <3

Note to self: learn brioche so you can make this two color brioche cowl.

This quick & easy recipe for enchiladas is a weeknight staple. Seriously, make these.

I want to knit this jumper for Molly before the cold weather arrives.

This is how I feel about morning yoga sessions.

Follow me on Pinterest @theknitpicky for even more stuff I love!

What are some of your favorite things lately? Leave a comment & let me know!

5 Tips for Beginner Knitters

5 Tips for Beginner Knitters

Here are the top 5 things I wish I had known when I first started. If you’re just beginning, I hope my tips inspire you to keep on knitting!

1 – You will mess up. A lot.
Unless you’re some kind of knitting prodigy who can pick up a pair of needles and never make a mistake, it’s going to happen. You’ll drop stitches. You’ll have too many stitches at the end of a row. You’ll get frustrated and throw your knitting across the room (guilty). But making mistakes truly is how you learn and grow as a knitter. Before you toss your needles, try to find your error and fix it. If you can’t, scrap your project and start over. Look at it is a learning opportunity. Don’t get discouraged and remember… “knit” is a four-letter word.

2 – Start small.
“You do remember what happened to the little girl that tried too much too fast, don’t you? She… she died, Jill.”
Okay, so you’re probably not going to die if you take on a big project too soon (bonus points if you know where that quote is from). But it is important to start small. My Nana used to knit afghans, and I was sure that would be the first thing I’d make. After several hours, I had barely knit enough to make a drink coaster and it was riddled with holes. I was ready to give up. After much encouragement, I decided to perfect my technique before attempting such a daunting project. There are several great patterns for simple dishcloths (this one is my favorite) and they knit up quickly. I highly recommend that new knitters start with something quick and easy. Completing simple projects gives you encouragement and lessens the chances of you giving up.