Home for the holidays

Happy holidays, lovely knitters! For me at least, 2015 has continued its break-neck speed lately, plowing through December before I could blink. The rush was totally worth it, though – we’ve finished the redesign of this site! I hope you’ll click through and meander around, if you’re reading this through…

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5 tips for successful gift sweaters

Gift season is here, and thanks to my kids’ excitement about CustomFit’s new capabilities, my mind has been focused on gift knitting this week. I knit a lot of sweaters for different people – both family and friends, of all genders and ages. Lauren, likewise, has a strong history of…

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Waist Shaping for the Options KAL (and all sweaters)

At this point in the Options KAL, many of us are in the long stretch of knitting the body pieces. I know I’m there! I’ve juuuust started the neck shaping on the front of my pullover: And so I thought this would be a great point to touch on why…

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This sweater looks great in the picture. It’s not.

Howdy everyone! Jackie here. 🙂 Today I’d like to share a sweater with you, from way back to winter 2013 / 2014. I worked really hard on it — agonizing over the consistency of my fabric, re-knitting the collar THREE times — determined that it would be a sweater I’d…

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CustomFit “Mash-Ups”

Well hello, there! Squam was a glorious oasis of stillness and joy: (Photo courtesy the amazing Clara Parkes.)…before coming back home to the gauntlet that is the final week of school when you have elementary-aged children. Things have settled down into “summer vacation” now, and we’re all enjoying a few…

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Catching up: The book (and a chance to win it!)

So in addition to an inter-state move, running my own small business for the first full year, many many teaching trips, and trying to spend as much time with my family as possible… …I wrote a book in 2014. And I haven’t really had much time to tell you about…

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Practical tips on Swatching

I’ve talked before about why we swatch, the importance of fabric, and the things that can sometimes go wrong. I’ve even talked about how to accurately measure your swatch (and provided videos, for CustomFit!). But I don’t think I’ve spoken practically before about how to keep your swatches from lying…

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Sweater Week: Featherweight Fabric!

It’s the final day of Sweater Week (to go back to the beginning, click here), and today I want to talk about fabric – specifically, fabric as it relates to the CustomFit Featherweight cardigan. Since CustomFit builds your Featherweight specifically to suit your gauge, you can make your CustomFit Featherweight…

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