Elyse’s Knitting

Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival Recap

One of my favorite weekends of the entire year is the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival. I save my yarn shopping money just for this weekend and make plans to go with my fiber-inclined friends. Sheep and Wool Festivals (there’s one for NY and MD too) are different than yarn shows and cons. One of the reasons I love Sheep and Wool Festivals is that you get to experience the process of fiber arts from … Continue reading Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival Recap

Stash Busting with Lady Pudding

I achieved SABLE (stash acquisition beyond life expectancy) a long time ago. Some people can only buy yarn when they know the specific project they’ll use it for. Not me, I buy yarn when I see it and it’s pretty and squishy, and then I figure out what I’m going to do with it later. Since I knit a lot of socks and shawls, most of my stash is in fingering or sock yarn weight. … Continue reading Stash Busting with Lady Pudding

Summer MKALs

I love a Mystery Knit Along (MKAL) and there are some great ones coming out this summer. For those of you who are unfamiliar, a MKAL is a project where you cast-on on a specified date, and the pattern is released in sections (usually once a week). You have a list of supplies you need ahead of time, but don’t actually know what the pattern will look like until you’ve finished knitting it. MKALs are … Continue reading Summer MKALs

Yarn Con 2023 Recap

The weekend of April 1, a friend and I made the three-hour trek down to the Windy City for Yarn Con 2023. Yarn Con is an independent fiber festival that features a lot of indie dyers from around the Midwest that was started in 2007. The first two days (Thursday and Friday) feature workshops and classes. The second two days (Saturday and Sunday) are a vendor marketplace that featured some of my favorite dyers. I … Continue reading Yarn Con 2023 Recap

Happy Socktober!

I love knitting socks. Sock yarn is fun and beautifully colored, and socks knit up quickly making them a satisfying project. October is Socktober according to knitters and you can follow the hashtag #socktober on social media to see the cool projects people are working on. Need some inspiration? Hang on to your wallet. This post is gonna get spendy. If, like me, you enjoy Spooky Season, there are some awesome spooky sock patterns that … Continue reading Happy Socktober!

Vacation Knitting

Summer is almost upon us (well, it is where I live), which is when a lot of people around here take vacations. I love spending summer hanging with my sister and her family at her campsite, taking day trips to Door County (the “thumb” of WI–think orchards, wineries, state parks, beaches, and cozy little main streets with boutique shops), and this year my husband and I are going to FL for a week to sit … Continue reading Vacation Knitting

Rhinebeck Recap

The New York Sheep and Wool Festival (referred to as “Rhinebeck” by fiber people for the town it’s held in) is pretty much my happy place. It’s my Comic Con. It’s the largest fiber festival in the US, and I was so happy to be able to return this year. The festival is held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY in mid to late October every year. That means in addition to fiber … Continue reading Rhinebeck Recap

Knitting the Fandom

Knitting has brought me a lot of peace and relaxation over the past year, and even when I’ve been too sore with fibro to knit, I’ve enjoyed adding to my ever expanding pattern collection. One of my favorite things is to combine interests, which for me, often means knitting and nerdery (or fandom patterns). In this post I’m going to share some of my favorite fandom related knitting patterns. Please share yours in the comments … Continue reading Knitting the Fandom

Indie Dyer Spotlight

I achieved STABLE long ago (stash acquisition beyond life expectancy). If I stopped buying yarn now I’d have enough to knit with for years. The problem is, yarn is pretty and soft and colorful, and I am absolutely not going to stop buying it. Yarn is my happy place…er, thing. Yarn makes me joyful. I like knitting with it. I like squishing it at the yarn store. When I need to relax mentally, I look … Continue reading Indie Dyer Spotlight

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Elyse’s Gift Ideas for Crafters!

My turn! I’m taking over today’s edition of the Stuff We Like – Holiday Gift Guide 2020! So many crafting hobbies are supported and nurtured in local small businesses, and your favorite crafter probably has a favorite store. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite gift ideas for the knitters, crocheters, and crafters in your life.  Just click that image above or click right here, and take a look! If you need more shopping ideas, we … Continue reading Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Elyse’s Gift Ideas for Crafters!

My Knitting TBR

I manage two TBRs in my life, my everyday reading TBR (which seems to be getting taller every day) and my knitting TBR. My knitting TBR is a little different. I buy knitting books when I intend to make projects from them, but I’ve also found that sometimes just flipping through a pattern book and admiring the photos of finished projects can be incredibly soothing. This month I wanted to share the books at the … Continue reading My Knitting TBR

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