Posted in Knitting

Norah’s Vintage Afghan: More Blanket Squares!

I have been knitting like it’s my job (which it is, I’m still the editor of Knitting Daily until mid-November). Here’s the progress so far:

Pretty cool, right? Each of these are so beautiful I’m inspired to JUST KEEP GOING!

Join me—Norah’s Vintage Afghan is a free pattern.



Posted in Knitting

Cabling Without a Cable Needle (Video)

I filmed this video a long time ago, and it’s clear that I need to redo it (sorry about the blurriness!), but it’s been helpful for many people, and I’m using these techniques a ton while knitting Norah’s Vintage Afghan, so I thought I’d put it here.

I’ve only come across one blanket square so far that I’ve had to use a cable needle for, and that’s because it was a double twisted cable, where I had to hold six stitches to the back or front, knit three stitches, then put three stitches back on the left needle and purl them, and then knit the remaining three stitches from the cable needle. I know. I’ve got the hang of it now, but Mimi had to help me with this first one. It was a two-brainer.

But that’s what I love about Norah’s patterns. They’re complex and gorgeous and totally worth it.

More to come on this blanket, and I hope you’ll try cabling without a cable needle. It’s fun, quick, and you don’t need to keep track of a cable needle.

I use this technique so much for cabling that I couldn’t find a cable needle when I needed one. I used an orange stick from my manicure box. You gotta make it work, right?



Posted in Stampin' Up

Stitched With Cheer

The photos in the 2016 Holiday Catalog don’t do this one justice! I had the chance to make one of the cards in the Stitched with Cheer kit, and it’s SO CUTE!

The sewing part was really easy and fast, too. Check it out:


The kit comes with envelopes, too, with coordinating liners attached. This is a really good deal—you get 18 cards with envelopes, 6 each of three designs.

To complete this kit, you’ll need the Stitched with Cheer stamp set. It’s super versatile; you can use it on all of your Christmas projects! Round out the supplies with the Emerald Envy Classic Stampin’ Pad and Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad. You’ll also want adhesivedimensionals, and the rest of your regular crafting supplies.

Get your Christmas cards done in a weekend with the Stitched with Cheer kit!

Happy stamping,



Posted in Knitting

Norah’s Vintage Afghan: Spot the mistake!

Mimi and I are working on Norah Gaughan’s Vintage Afghan, pumping out squares like crazy! They’re so much fun to work on; each one is a little cable knitting masterpiece of its own, and together, they’re going to be gorgeous.

Our version is the earth tones—cream, brown, gray, and dark green. On the Ravelry photos, the brown looks mustard, but it’s a pretty dark brown.

Here’s the square I just finished:

Knitted afghan blanket square from Norah's Vintage Afghan

Can you spot my mistake?

I have to admit, if this mistake was at the beginning of the square, I would consider leaving it alone. But I would probably regret that, because even with all of the blogs I’ve written over the years about leaving mistakes alone, it would bug the hell out of me. Plus, I want this to become an heirloom, and this mistake is too ugly to be a “signature.”

So, I’m going to fix it. I’ll just need to take out the top border and recross the cable correctly, and “poof,” it’s fixed.

I’ll post more blanket squares soon—there are several done!