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  • Bad mood got you down? Craft your way back to happiness.

    Have you ever knit or crocheted through a challenging time?

    Color and yarn therapy are definitely mood boosters, not to mention the act of crafting itself — and there’s actual research to support what we crafters already know. 

  • Finish with flair — The joys of blocking.

    Everything you always wanted to know about blocking your finished projects — why it's like the twin of your awkward cousin Gauge Swatch, why it's important, and how to do it!
  • Miles of cruise control knitting ahead?

    You’ve split the sleeves on your sweater and now it’s time to settle in for a loooooong stretch of sweater body. You (likely) don’t have to pay much attention to your pattern during this phase. Need some ideas for how to occupy your attention? Read on for some of our favorite podcasts and bingeworthy TV shows to keep you entertained while you're on cruise control.

  • Mistakes happen. What to do about them?

    You’re watching All Creatures Great and Small and you unintentionally join both fronts of your Ramona cardigan about 9” down from the neck (plunging neckline anyone?), and just keep knitting in the round, totally absorbed by the fantastic knitwear on the screen — not to mention the mossy stone walls — until you realize you were actually knitting a cardigan and not a pullover. (True story, it was an easy fix.)

    So what to you do when you spot a mistake?

  • Ramona KAL — Pattern FAQs

    Bookmark this post for the Ramona Knit Along!

    We thought it would be good to have one blog post to warehouse all your Ramona questions — and our answers. If you’ve got a question, chances are that others might be wondering the same thing. Keep checking back here, as we will  be adding more to this post as the weeks go along.

  • What's a raglan sweater anyway?

    New video alert!

    Raglan, top-down sweater? What the heck does it mean?! If you're joining us for the Ramona KAL in 2023, this is the method for both cardigans and the pullover.

    A raglan, top-down sweater is one of the fundamental vocabularies of sweater design. In this video Iris shows us the big picture of how a raglan is constructed.

  • Take your yarn on a date — how swatching is sexy.

    We're here to tell you why we love a hot date with yarn. 

    It's easy to feel the passion and pull of a new project, you're so in love, you daydream about your pattern all the time, and you've finally found the McDreamy yarn for it! Why not just elope, cast on those stitches and run away together?!

    We’ve been there and it’s so tempting to get swept up in that passionate moment! 

    You. Just. Want. To. Cast. On! ...But is it a match made in heaven? Or is it destined for frustration, tears, and maybe even therapy?

  • Wintertime Sweater Knitting and a bit of a reset.

    It is prime knitting season here in Maine and I am taking full advantage. I am about to start the second sleeve of my Ruska sweater and I am excited to think I will be wearing it soon!
  • New Years Day 2021

    The last 3 months have flown by in a whirlwind of SO MUCH yarn, too many knitting needles to count and all knitting and crochet paraphernalia passi...