I was asked by a friend to make Little Grey Heart garland in fall colors. It turned out so cuuuuute I decide to make more! It includes seven LGH hearts in fall colors and measures approximately 72" long. They look great on mantles, above windows or doorways, or on gallery walls. There are a limited number of the fall garlands, so get yours before they are gone.
I have spent the last year designing and knitting new merchandise for Little Grey Heart. I am proud to share my 2018 collection! I will be releasing old favorites like embroidery and pouches, and exciting new products over the next weeks and months. I appreciate all of your support and I hope you enjoy the new collection!
Little Grey Heart is having a sale! Hooray! Two colors, wheat and framboise, from the 2017 collection have been discontinued to make room for two new LGH colors. There are a few pieces remaining (including yarn!), which have been marked down. These items will go quick, so hop on over to the shop before they are gone!
Earlier this summer my amazing wife helped me refresh my office. It's the space in our home where I spend the most time, but we hadn't really touched it since we moved in 4 years ago. No one sees the space other than us, so it was super easy to put off. However, it's the space where I create, and it was well overdue for a spruce up.
I think and create best in a space that is clean and orderly. My office is now bright, clean, and organized. The walls are pale pink and the furniture white with grey accents. I have plenty of storage that is easy to maintain by using bookshelves with felted wool bins. I made sure the things I use the most are easily accessible, so I don't have to go digging, and they are worked in the design.
I have a lot of artwork from other local makers and artists. It helps remind me if other people are doing it, I can do it. It's hard sometimes to be a one-woman show with a full-time job. It's hard a lot of the time, but I can't not do it. I love knitting, and I love sharing it with the world.
Fall is on the horizon, and I couldn't be more excited! I have so much planned for the season, including new colors of classic LGH merchandise and a handful of local events. This year, I am also partnering with some of my favorite local makers for some non-knit, but super cute LGH products. I can't wait to share it all with you.
I will have some of my new handknit merchandise for sale this weekend, Sunday, July 29th at Active Endeavors from 12 - 3, in West Des Moines, IA. In addition to Little Grey Heart, there will be some other favorite local makers like XOLP, The Red Door Press, The Side Garage, Hello and High Five, Over+Print Co. and Iowa Parklands.
My online shop will reopen for business on September 7ᵀᴴ, and I will continue to introduce new merchandise throughout the fall. To stay current with all the exciting happenings, follow along on Instagram.
I took the first two months off in 2018 from LGH knitting after the crazy but wonderful holiday season. And I'm ready to dive back in! First up on the list is to get everything back to stock. Once that's done I'm kicking around some ideas for new merchandise. However, I'm open... if there is some you'd love from LGH, please let me know. Thanks again for all the love and support and I can't wait to see what 2018 has to offer. ♥︎
I made Tread for my oldest and dearest friend and amazing LGH designer, Megan. She has done so much amazing work for me; I wanted to make her something a little special for her birthday.
Tread is from Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook's book (haha cookbook), Within: Knitting Patterns to Warm the Soul. This particular pattern is by Shannon Cook. I love ALL her work. Everything she designs is so wearable and has excellent texture.
I love the texture of this hat. The balance created from the clean lines, cozy texture and playful pom is perfection. I felt like it was a perfect fit for Megan. The pattern used WOOLFOLK FÅR, which is dreamy. It's so incredibly soft and lightweight. And the colors are my favorite, moody and neutral. I ended up using the colorway Maybe which is a deep olive green with a hint of brown. It's so good.
I followed the pattern exactly. I started making the small and decided it was too small, ripped it out and went with the medium. The medium also felt a little small, and the pom looked HUGE on it. It's a great pattern though, and I want to make another one for myself for next winter.
Little Grey Heart Valentine Garland is now available, in honor of my favorite holiday! LGH is all about showing the ones you love how much you love them. A great way to do that is with hearts, and that's why I'm so excited about the new Valentine Garland. Share your love with the world! ❤️
Little Grey Heart Garland includes seven LGH hearts in a variety of Valentine colors and measures approximately 72" long.
In an attempt to create a little bit of balance in my life, I am making an effort to knit some non-Little Grey Heart projects. Even after the knitting marathon I completed over the holiday season, I still want to knit all the time. I will spend the majority of time working on Little Grey Heart, but I want to keep my knitting skills in tip-top shape by exploring all the amazing patterns created by other designers.
I knit Katrin Schubert's Chunky Walnut hat for my cousin Brooke for Christmas. It was a perfect match for her; she loves Nordic looking knitwear, and I drew her name in our gift exchange. I LOVE KNITTING GIFTS FOR PEOPLE.
It was a quick and fun pattern to knit. I followed the pattern exactly (well, I added a pom, because POMS). I used Brooklyn Tweed Quarry in Gypsum, which was fun to knit with, of course. I washed the hat once I finished knitting it. I was amazed how much the color changed. The yarn looked kind of greyish-cream before I washed it, but rich and creamy after. The brim of the hat was a bit wavy. I'm guessing this is because my stitches were a bit tight. However, it kind of works as the waves fit nicely around her face.
I have some exciting things on the horizon for this winter. Most LGH products are out of stock. After a bit of a holiday break, I am working hard to get everything replaced soon. I am also working on a special edition, Valentine's Day Garland, which is going to be as cute as it sounds. ❤️
Quite a few people have reached out interested in purchasing projects I have knit, created by other designers. Out of respect, I do not sell knit goods created by other designers. I *only* sell my original designs. Thanks for the support!
Usually, "This Month on My Needles" is a retrospective post about what I've been knitting the past month. However, this month I have some exciting news to share about October. Starting now, I on sabbatical for the next four weeks! I am taking this time after working at Lullabot for the last ten years. I am so thankful to have this time to use my brain differently. I currently spend most of my day organizing and planning events in other states and always in front of my computer. I will spend the next four weeks working full-time on Little Grey Heart: blogging, knitting, designing, and selling. I can't wait to have focused time to work on content for my blog, knit merchandise for LGH and myself, and share some of my LGH patterns. I will be selling in Omaha on October 21st at Hutchfest, and in Des Moines on November 25th at Market Day. I am so excited to dedicate a full month to this hobby I love so much. Your support continues to amaze and overwhelm me. I can't wait to share all the exciting things I have planned during the next month.
I have been hard at work over the last year designing and knitting new merchandise for Little Grey Heart. I am proud to share my 2017 fall collection. I appreciate all of your support, and I hope you enjoy the new collection!
I recently knit this adorable striped baby blanket for the sweetest and newest member of our family, Baby Will. Baby blankets take forever to make and can be soul sucking. When I saw Learn-to-Love-Steeks Blanket by Purl Soho, I was certainly intrigued. Knitting a baby blanket in the round certainly felt dreamy. The terrifying part about making this blanket, of course, is cutting it down the middle. However, it was amazing. I mean it was terrifying cutting it down the middle (but it was also satisfying). Folding and securing the edges was a bit tedious. Nonetheless, when it was all said and done, it was a great project. I will never knit another baby blanket any other way.
The Learn-to-Love-Steeks Blanket pattern is fantastic. There is a steeking tutorial that uses pictures and videos to explain every step. I took it slow and followed the directions word for word. No deviations. I feel like now that I understand how it works I could make adjustments if I wanted.
I had always been curious as to how steeking worked and I'm glad to have one project under my belt.
July has been a BUSY month working on Little Grey Heart merchandise. My goal is to get everything knit before my shop opens on September 22nd. At this point, I have knit all my zipper pouches and my hats. I am just getting started on mittens. Since mittens are a new product, I have to write the pattern. So, there has been a lot of knitting and tearing out, which drives me crazy, but I want to get them *just* right.
Maggie, my wife, has recently taken up embroidery. She is working on some adorable pieces for Little Grey Heart. I will have those up in the shop in September.
I released a new pattern this month, the Bobble Cowl. I am in love with this cowl and can't wait for the weather to cool down so I can start wearing it.
I can't believe how fast summer is going. I have a lot of knitting to do before my shop opens, but I am so excited to share everything I have been working on this summer.
I am hard at work creating new and exciting products for fall. There will be adult hats, mittens, cowls, zipper pouches, hand embroidered art, ornaments, and garlands. The official opening of my online shop is September 22nd!
Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard of Knit and Tonic is a fantastic and amazingly helpful book; every knitter should own it. It clearly and beautifully explains how to knit over 150 stitches and how to knit them top down, bottom up, back and forth, and in the round.
The book is bound on the outside, so it sits perfectly on the shelf. However, it's spiral bound on the inside, so the pages keep easily open while using it as a stitch guide when you are knitting. Brilliant!
What I enjoyed most about this book is it gave me the clarity and more importantly the confidence to write my own patterns. I have never written anything complicated, granted, but this book has helped to understand the architecture of knitting which I think is a good foundation for pattern writing.
Bernard has also released a new book, The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary. I don't have this one yet, but it's definitely on my list.
I wrote a new pattern, the Bobble Cowl! It's a lightweight and super soft cowl that is so much fun to knit. The bobbles look like polka-dots, and the space between bobble rows increases as you go. It's been a looooooooong time since I've released a new pattern, but I am so excited about this one.
I had this beautiful yarn I purchased at Hill Vintage and Knits before they closed. I tried to order more because I wanted to use it on Purl Soho's Braided Cowl because I didn't have quite enough. It turned out it was hard to find in the US, and the shipping costs were going to be crazy expensive. So, I decided to write a pattern for this yarn. I love the bobble stitch, and this yarn is so lightweight it worked perfectly.
Since this yarn is hard to find, it's important to note that this pattern would work just fine with any lightweight worsted or aran weight yarn. If you're not familiar with the bobble stitch, it's not complicated, but there are plenty of videos and tutorials that can help. I used this one from Purl Soho.
It's hard to imagine wanting a snuggly cowl right now in the summer heat, but I am excited to wear this one, come fall!
This month I have been working hard on getting ready for fall at Little Grey Heart, including some new and exciting merchandise. I just completed knitting new LGH zipper pouches. Hooray! The final step will be to have liners sewn in, and zippers added. I am pleased with how these turned out. There is almost nothing I love more than a good zipper pouch, and it seemed like a great fit for Little Grey Heart. They will be up in the store in early August, but I thought I would share a sneak peek of some of the new merchandise for fall.
I am obsessed with the yarn I use for Little Grey Heart. It is incredibly soft and lush. It is important to me to use yarn that is, of course soft, but also washable, wearable, and available in beautiful colors. It is also important to me to work with a company that is friendly, helpful, and flexible with small orders since I fund Little Grey Heart personally. Simpliworsted by HiKoo fits the bill. It's just beautiful, quality yarn. HiKoo Yarn is 55% Merino Superwash, 28% Acrylic, and 17% Nylon, which is what makes it so soft and buttery. I order all my yarn directly from Skacel, and they are a great company. From the first time I contacted them, they have exceeded my expectations time and time again. They are a family owned and operated company in Seattle. They distribute some fantastic yarns and my favorite knitting needles, addi. It's a match made in heaven.
I almost never leave the house without my knitting, be it for vacation or just a trip around town (you never know when you'll get stuck in traffic or a long line). I travel a bit for work and a bit for pleasure, so I feel like I have learned a few things about packing knitting projects for trips.
First off, I want to say that I always and completely overpack for travel. Pretty much you can probably cut whatever I suggest in half.
I am a super duper organized person, and I'm proud of that. Some of this may seem a little crazy, but this is what I do. Can you imagine being stuck in an airport with nothing to knit? My absolute worst nightmare. Like everyone else in the world, travel is super stressful for me. There are so many aspects you can't control or plan for, which causes me a lot of anxiety. I cope with that stress and anxiety by knitting. It's entertaining; I can do it forever, and it passes the time. It's the perfect thing to do while traveling.
I plan out at least three projects for any trip. I am not a multiple project knitter. I'm just not. So, I like to carry one with me and have two in my checked bags. If you do knit multiple things at once, you might want to bring all with you. I always figure, I'll finish one on the trip out, one while on vacation, and one on the way home. Of course, that has never happened. This rule does depend on the type of project. Three is my general rule for average length projects: hats, cowls, mittens... etc. If I'm knitting LGH inventory, I will bring more, because I knit that stuff quickly. If I was making a big wrap, I might just bring the one. No, that's a lie, I would never travel with less than two projects.
I pick my patterns and my yarn a couple of weeks before I leave so I have time get all the supplies I need. I get the yarn wound and pull all supplies I'll need for the project: needles, crochet hooks, cable needles.... etc. I print the patterns (in case I don't have access to the internet or power for my devices). I put one project in my project bag and pack it in my carry-on, and the other two projects in separate plastic bags. That way, I have a complete project in one spot. It keeps things simple and organized, and I don't have to get stressed searching through a bunch of supplies I don't need for what I do need. I love my project bag, but I am coveting a Fringe Supply Co. Field Bag. I just think they are cool and I like all the pockets on the inside. They are expensive though, but someday I'll treat myself, someday.
I have only had a problem with TSA once, and it was in Mexico, so I'm not sure if that's still considered TSA, but whatever the equivalent of Mexico's TSA is. I was stopped at security flying out of Mexico, they took my knitting project into a back room and then brought it back to me. I'm not sure what they did with it, but I was so scared. I knew I could get the project back, but I was nervous about not having anything to knit on the long flight from Cancun to Minneapolis.
Another time, I was sitting next to a woman on a flight, and she was very confrontational about me having knitting needles. She was SURE they were not allowed. She couldn't understand why I could bring knitting needles, but she couldn't bring a Diet Coke. I was friendly at first, but she would not let it go. Finally, I just told her, "I don't make the rules," and put on my headphones.
For the most part, people are always very interested in my knitting, "What are you making?", "My grandmother taught me to knit when I was seven," "how do you do that without looking." It's mostly nice and only sometimes annoying. :-)
Anyway, that's how I plan my knitting projects for a trip. I hope that's helpful!