Make your own lovely lampshade

There are some perks of spending a rainy Good Friday indoors. It meant that I could dedicate time to the little creative projects I’ve got...

Button Candy Dotted Yoke Dress

Just in time for the last days of summer, I have a new pattern. Button Candy:  a little wool dress that’s as sweet when worn...

Introducing: Belle Isle Sleeveless Summer Top

Almost as soon as I dove into designing garment patterns back in April, I decided I needed to be disciplined in my approach if...

Design Diary: an ode to spreadsheets (and my first patterns!)

One thing I never expected was that I’d come to love spreadsheets, specifically, Excel spreadsheets.  But here I am, admitting my fondness. It didn’t...

Design Diary: Learning Knitwear Design with Craftsy

When I began Make Ready I thought it would be the place where I documented my attempts at  knitwear design. And for a short...

Design Diary: The Case of the Runaway Gauge Swatch

A few weeks ago I lamented winter’s departure and the impending end of this year’s sweater weather. Since then I’ve survived a nasty cold,...

Design Diary: DIY Knitting Graph Paper

For two weeks now I’ve actually managed to find knitting time every day. It’s pretty much a Christmas miracle a couple of months too...

American Wool: Brooklyn Tweed Giveaway

For most of my life yarn didn’t matter.  It’s not that I didn’t have some passing familiarity with it – I knew my flower...

Our Un-Valentine’s Day (and a mini garter stitch heart bunting)

For most of my adult life I’ve never thought much of Valentine’s Day. I don’t pine for a dozen red roses, Z and I...

Sweater Weather and Selfish Knitting

I’m in the midst of ribbing purgatory. The good news is I’m nearly through (three rows left to go). The bad news is it...

Knitted Twine Baskets, or, Knitting will Organize My Life

One of my greatest domestic failures is my inability to organize. I’ve probably mentioned this shortcoming elsewhere on the blog, but given the current...

A Coffee Addict Knits: Icord-Wrapped Roving Mug Rugs

On weekdays I can usually keep my coffee intake to a reasonable level. One cup, maybe two, and I’m ready to begin my day....