WIP Wednesday: Toe-Up Socks

posted in: knit, knitter, knitting, malabrigo yarn, yarn | 7

I’ve been itching to knit another pair of socks for nearly a year. But since I work a regular day job, and most of my free time is occupied by my side hustle–knit design–I don’t have much time for selfish knitting. I honestly can’t remember the last time I knit something just for me, with no intention of writing the pattern for sale. So, a while back, I decided to do something crazy: knit yarn from my personal stash AND … Read More

NC State Mill

posted in: photography, Uncategorized, yarn | 3

A while back I had a wonderful opportunity to visit the mill at NC State. I knew that NC State was known for having a great textiles program, but didn’t know the extent of the amazingness that was there! I went with Laurie Gonyea, the owner of Feel Good Yarn Company. Her amazing SilverSpun yarn is spun here at NC State! The cotton is all grown here in North Carolina too. Thanks so much to Laurie for letting me tag … Read More

Where does inspiration come from?

posted in: yarn, yarn art | 0

Most of my knitting patterns are inspired by clothes that I see in magazines, real life, and the internet. If you’ve seen my Knitting Inspiration Pinterest Board, you’ll see it’s getting quite full! I also love to put together mood boards for pattern collections. Something about combining images that inspire you, and capture a mood, and then seeing how others interpret it into knitting patterns is a magical process! But today’s post is about a really cool collaboration between Colorful … Read More

Heelside Farms

Last week I went to Heelside Farms with Michelle, who organizes the Triangle Yarn Crawl, and who I now work with on the board for the Carolina FiberFest. I went to CFF for the first time in 2012, not long after we moved to North Carolina. I saw a poster for it at my LYS, and volunteered at the info booth for one day and I was hooked! In 2013 I helped with managing the website, and now I’m on … Read More

Yarn Everywhere!

posted in: decor, decorating, yarn, yarn art, yarn stash, yarns | 0

Brian will tell you that this is true…there is yarn everywhere in our apartment. I usually try to clean it up every weekend… It’s only Monday and yet already it seems like the yarn is taking over the apartment again! On the kitchen counter… On the couch… On the table next to the couch… All over my desk… Escaping from the drawers onto the floor…‘ On the bedside table…

Blog Week

posted in: knitting, not knitting, Uncategorized, yarn, yarns | 0

Knit and Crochet Blog Week is just around the corner! I’m already starting to plot fun posts for next week, but in the meantime here’s the PSA Brian and I made last year.  Hope you enjoy!

Let them eat cake!

Yesterday afternoon I had the strong desire to eat cake. I didn’t have any cake in my house, so of course the next best thing was to look at photos of knit and crochet cakes on Ravelry. Yes, I realize this is not at all a normal train of thought, but I have a confession to make: my name is Mari and I am addicted to fiber. This is the cake that started it all, and once I saw this … Read More

Fuzzbee Yarns

posted in: design process, Fuzzbee Yarns, knitting, yarn | 3

I just got a box full of amazing things from my friend Cassie. I met Cassie while serving in the Peace Corps, and she is one of the people that helped me to learn how to knit while living in Armenia. She came to Armenia already a skilled spinner and knitter, and she has continued to hone her skills and is now selling amazing hand spun and organically hand dyed yarn! It’s all pretty amazing, and I can say this … Read More

Yarn Addiction

posted in: hoarder, yarn, yarn stash | 11

Hello, my name is Mari and I am addicted to yarn. It all started when I began knitting in 2008, while living in Armenia. Until recently everything I owned could fit into just a few suitcases. But this year we moved back to the US, and I began designing much more ‘officially’ and ever since my yarn stash has exploded. My yarn has been sort of spread out. Some here, some there, in the closet, in a suitcase, in a … Read More

Yarn U iphone app

posted in: iphone app, review, yarn, yarn u | 0

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to try out Mary Beth Klatt’s updated Yarn U app. Yarn U is a reference database of yarns. There are 34 different brands included, however for most of the brands the lists are incomplete. For each yarn there is a photo, yardage, yarn weight, stitch gauge, suggested retail price, suggested needle size, and fiber content. There are links on where to find the yarn, and the address for the distributor/manufacturer. Also included are the … Read More

A day in the secret life of yarn 3KCBWDAY2

posted in: yarn | 35

Today is photography challenge day! 3KCBWDAY2 So, here’s what one naughty skein of green yarn does when I’m not looking… Sleep in Read the newspaper Hang out with its peeps Play hide and seek Contemplate its future Get acupuncture Work out Weigh in Relax after a long day!

Color Lovers 3KCBWDAY1

posted in: yarn | 16

Day 1 of Knitting and Crochet Blog week! YAY! 3KCBWDAY1Today’s theme is about color.Lately I’ve noticed that a lot of my projects are green… My other current favorite: Natural tones What’s your current favorite color?

What else can you do with yarn?

posted in: not knitting, yarn | 2

As much as I love to knit, I’m also interested in other yarn projects. Here are some really cool ones I found on Pinterest, which is a great website for finding, and remembering ideas/items/anything. Yarn balls: balloons, glue, and yarn, from Sweet Designs Yarn letters: yarn and wire from Family Chic Yarn animals for sale by Beklina


posted in: socktopus, yarn | 0

My husband Brian bought me some beautiful yarn for Christmas. I didn’t give him any hints, and this was his first time buying yarn, he did very well! From left to right: Anime #2, Anime #6, Socktopus sokkusu – Jasper. After reading this post by Yarn Harlot I felt the need to make something with one of these yarns.  I looked high and low through my patterns and on revelry. I didn’t quite feel up to designing anything today, and then I … Read More