new year, new knits | #52weeksofknits

Happy 2016!

That’s weird to say, isn’t it? 2015 was a good year. I started my Etsy shop, moved, got a puppy, started my blog, moved again, and had huge success at my first craft show. As I reflect on last year, I realize that I spent a lot of time focusing on my shop. I am so grateful for the orders I had throughout the year and especially during the holiday season.

That said, I’ve recently felt that there is a void. I go to yarn shops and gawk at the selection, not entirely sure what makes each one different or what projects to use them for. I find (and purchase) patterns that I desperately want to try, only to set them aside in favor of housework. I’ve decided that enough is enough. I want to learn more about fibers and try new techniques. I yearn to knit different styles and find what suits me. I’d love to write a pattern that isn’t scribbled on a napkin.

That’s where my “new year’s resolution” comes in.

I’ll be the first to say I’m not big on resolutions. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever made one. But here I am, typing on my phone’s tiny screen. I’m that determined.

I will knit one new thing each week in 2016. I may use patterns I’ve purchased, free patterns, or make up my own. I might try luxurious fibers or use acrylic yarn from Michael’s (I’m not a yarn snob). Each week will bring a new challenge, whether I knit tiny sock earrings – I can’t wait for that week – or an intricate afghan (I don’t see that happening). Big or small, I want to learn more about my favorite craft.

I invite any and all knitters (and crocheters, I actually want to learn that this year as well) to join me. Beginner or expert, it doesn’t matter! Let’s challenge ourselves to become better.

If you’d like to join in, please use the Instagram hashtag #52weeksofknits so I can see what you create! I have my first week’s project in the works already and can’t wait to share it! I hope to share photos along the way, mainly on Instagram, and also to blog each project.

Happy 2016 & Happy Knitting!

theknitpicky | fall collection 2015

Today I added 3 brand new hats to the shop!
There are also 2 limited edition fall shades: Butterscotch & Taupe.
I’m in love with these colors!

I can’t choose a favorite between Laurel & Woodland, but they will all get tons of use this fall.

Check them out below & click “Shop” above to purchase!

Which one is your favorite??


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.