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Inner Zimmerman: 3 Bits of Knitting Wisdom

I was fortunate to learn some important things early on when I picked knitting back up.  I learned to knit from my grandmother (Maw) when I was 9.  She helped me knit my baby brother a blanket (though I’m thinking she knit a lot of it) and started knitting something else that I never finished.  I only learned the knit stitch.  After she died I often wished I had lear ...

Fairy Tale Knits at the Beach

One of my favorite things about my job is the fiber shows I get to go to and my first one for 2017 is coming up!  I’ll be in Ocean City, MD at the Delmarva Wool and Fiber Expo.  I’m excited to announce a new kit I’ll have at this show!     Super Secret Ninja Sweater This pattern is so much fun!  It uses illusion knitting to hide a ninja in plain sight. &n ...

Knitting Hacks, Making Your Stitching More Enjoyable

We can all use tips and tricks to make knitting and crocheting more enjoyable so here’s some I’ve found. Safety Pin A safety pin attached inside each of your project bags can keep stitch marker handy whenever you need them. Weaving in Ends as you Knit or Crochet I’m an odd knitter and don’t mind weaving in ends so I don’t usually use this one, but I know most knitters ...

New Yarn bases and Colorways! What’s not to love?

I’ve added lots of new things in my shop lately so get ready for a big update!  I’m going to start with the new yarn bases and then share my new colorways. New Yarn Bases Fingering Weight Yarn Dobby Sock Dobby Sock is my merino cashmere sock yarn.  It’s a blend of 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon.  It’s so incredibly soft!  I’m ma ...

10 Fingerless Mitt Patterns Perfect for Indie Dyed Yarn

We all have gone to a show or been online and fallen in love with a hank of yarn because the colors are just PERFECT and of course we HAVE to buy it even if we have no idea what to make with it.  Well here’s some ideas!  I’ll have future blog posts with other pattern ideas.  For today I’m going to focus on fingerless mitts.  These are perfect because you can w ...

Mojo’s Gone? Here’s What I Do!

It’s rough when you love something but don’t have the desire to do it, but this happens to everyone from time to time.  I’ve found a few things that help. First When it goes I’ve found it better to just let it.  Don’t try to force yourself to work on projects. Knitting should be enjoyable and not something you are forced to do.  I’ve found trying ...

My Current WIPs and HOTN

I love seeing what everyone is working on and so I thought I’d start share what I’m working on.  Like many others I trying to finish a bunch of Christmas stuff. WIPs Boot Socks for Hubby These are sock for my hubby.  I’m hoping to finish them before Christmas but not sure this will happen.  I don’t have a pattern I’m using.  I just cast on, increas ...

How I Name My Yarn Bases

I thought it would be fun to talk about how I name by yarn bases. Lace Weight Yarn I’ll start with my lace weight yarn. Queen’s Lace: The flowers Queen Anne’s Lace kept coming to mind with this one.  I also wanted it to be something that I could use in other weights because it’s 100% Superwash Merino.  So this yarn was named after this flower. Fairy Whisper’s Lace: Th ...

Michelle’s Assortment~ Shawl Pins and Patterns You Will Love!

I don’t wear much jewelry, but I love shawl pins!  Like I can’t have enough of them and my favorites are from Michelle’s Assortment. Michelle’s Assortment There’s some artisan that you meet and see their work and can really see the skill and craftsmanship that goes into each item.  Michelle’s work is like that, both her shawl pins and her patterns. Shawl Pins Mi ...

What’s in My Bag?

I don’t know about you all but my purse and my knitting bag are the same thing.  I love this bag. It’s by Tom Bihn and it’s the first time I’ve ever gotten an expensive bag and I’m glad I did.  I’ve been using it everyday for over 4 years and it’s still in great shape.  So now what’s in my bag… What’s in my bag? I like to carry the items ...

Fall Fiber Festivals

I love fall and one of my favorite parts is all the fiber festivals. Fall Fiber Festivals Don’t miss out on these fun shows.  They are worth a drive. Handmade by Heart WV Sept 3rd 11 am-5 pm Bloomery Plantation Distillery and Black Dog Coffee Company This is a local artisan show that’s part of a fun tour you can take of local studios.  There’s going to be a lot of local handmade ...

Kang the Conqueror~ Story Behind the Colorway Name

I love sci-fi and time travel goes right along with that.  This is a big part of why I love Kang the Conqueror. Kang The Conqueror This time traveling super villain doesn’t get his strength from muscles or some freak accident, no, it’s technology.  He’s from thousands of years in the future and brings the knowledge of that time with him.  He starts off a scholar but soon get invo ...

What is Rambouillet?

This is the most common question I get from customers. What is Rambouillet? Simply put it’s a breed of sheep.  It’s a short hair breed and if a fine wool (same category as and actually related to merino).  The fiber has more of a matte look than merino and it takes dye beautifully.  It has more bounce than merino and the fiber tend to hold more air so it’s usually ...

6 Ways of Joining in the Round

If you always have to neaten your joins then this tutorial is for you. Joining in the Round Just Knit It This one is just like it sounds.  You just knit.  It’s the fastest and the easiest but the hardest to get neat without work later.  It’s a perfectly good join though and I use it.  Here’s how you do it.  (Note:  all slipped stitches are slipped as if to purl.) With the last st ...

Shop Update

Yay!  I’ve got 14 new listing up!  From lace to worsted, from merino to alpaca, to silk.  Here’s a peak at the new listings. You can see them all in the shop tab above on in this link. ...