Knitting In The New Year

Happy New Year everyone! New Years for us is about fresh starts and new beginnings, about enhancing the old and beginning new endeavors. There are a couple of resolutions (or affirmations as we like to say) that we have been talking about here at Wild Fibre. A few of these involve our physical health, like quitting smoking or drinking more water. However we believe that the more important resolutions are those that focus on mental health and well-being. As artists and crafters the best thing you can do for your brain is exercise it, and what better way to do that than to learn something new! This week we will be focusing on knitting for beginners. Whether you have already tried your hand at a few things, or have never picked up a pair of needles in your life, we have lots of great patterns, tools and resources to share with you to help you hone your skills and knit in the new year!

Lets start with sharing our absolute favorite beginners knitting book, Stitch ‘N Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook by Debbie Stoller.

Stitch 'N Bitch

This book is really well-known in the knitting community, because its awesome! (DUH). It is full of really comprehensive instructions¬† for all the basics of learning how to knit, as well as a great collection of patterns that will get you on your way to being a knitting master! Her instructions are extremely easy to understand and are written with a fun attitude that will make you giggle. After you go through that book you can check out one of her other books, Stitch ‘N Bitch Superstar Knitting: Go Beyond The Basics, which will have your working those needles like a pro.

Next up we have two awesome patterns for you that are great for a beginners level. The first is the leafy dishcloth. These wash cloths are real easy and super cute!

Leaf Washcloths

Leaf Washcloths

This is a great project for beginner knitters who are ready to move beyond the traditional square or rectangle, and they make really great gifts. The other thing I love about this is that the simple shape lets you play around with colors if you want to! You can get the pdf of this pattern by clicking Here.

The next pattern we are sharing with the world today is this easy reversible scarf from Turvid. This pattern in available for free on Ravelry.   The great thing about this scarf is that it is easy to achieve the texture, especially if you are a seriously beginner knitter and do not yet have the courage to try your hand at cables, or other more complicated stitches.

Reversible Scarf

You can find the link for this scarf right here.

Check back here in the next couple days for more patterns, inspiration, and some cool resources for beginning to knit in the new year!

Re-inventing Holiday Craft Classics

With the holiday season in full swing the interwebs are full of crafting ideas to make your home or gifts more special and unique. Lets be real, the garish green and red color palettes that are synonymous with Christmas cheer are so…not cheerful! Not to mention they are almost impossible to coordinate in a tasteful way. So how do we craft and decorate without making our homes and accessories look like grandma’s Christmas sweater? There are so many options! Here are some of our favorite new takes on old ideas!

How about adding a twist to the traditional Christmas ball ornament by adding a knit cozy, embellishing with crochet and beads, or simply wrapping them in some awesome vintage ribbon? The knit christmas ball cozy’s below are part of our holiday display in our Savannah store. They are so super easy to make! How about trying some different knit patterns? This is also great because you can easily make them using left over yarn that is lying around your house.

the fireplace in our store

the fireplace in our store

ombre knit christmas ball

ombre knit christmas ball

cable knit christmas ball

cable knit christmas ball

The ideas below come from this blog. It is Russian blog, and we absolutely LOVED their entry on holiday crafts. There are so many great ideas on how to make your holiday crafting and decorating different from the rest!

decorated holiday lightbulbs

vintage ribbon wrapped ornaments

vintage ribbon wrapped ornaments

decoupage

felted circles

fabric wrapped

yarn wrapped