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    Sierra Sweater

    Earlier this year, I discovered top-down seamless sweaters. *mind-blown* I had primarily only had experience with bottom-up sweaters before. And the sweaters I had done that were top-down, still required some sewing at the end for the sleeves. When I discovered how top-down yoke sweaters were constructed, I had to design one of my own. How amazing is it that you can check the fit of a sweater as you work on it and modify it as you need to to accommodate your body type/shape!?! I started the Sierra Sweater earlier this year… but because I can be a bit of a perfectionist, it fell short of what I had…

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    How to roll a perfect yarn ball

      There’s always a point with my yarn skeins where it starts to get skeletal and with one wrong move, the whole thing ends up in a tangled mess. I’ve found that rolling it into a yarn ball prevents the tangled mess and helps ease my nervousness about accidentally moving or touching the skeleton skein. The person who taught me how to crochet at 10 years old also taught me how to roll a yarn ball. Needless to say, I’ve rolled lots of skeleton skeins into yarn balls and thought I would share my strategy on how to do it. What’s unique about the way I roll my yarn balls is…

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    Natural Dyeing with Avocados, Part 1

    I’ve been saving avocado peels and pits for the last few months and trying to get the courage to take the first steps to starting the process for natural dyeing. There’s so many amazing posts on what to do. The method I thought I would try was sun dyeing, where you use the heat from the sun to extract the dye. It’s pretty simple. Throw it all in a jar with some water and let it sit out in the sun until the water gets super dark. You can let it sit out for a few days or up to a few weeks. The longer, the better. In total, we…

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    The Honest & Practical Pricing Guide to Handmade Knitwear

    There’s a TON of other pricing guides for handmade goods to sell on Etsy and a lot of them have really valuable information. After all, we, the fiber artists, are carrying on an important tradition of working with our hands to turn unassuming string into things that can be used functionally, practically and worn as pieces of art. The issue I found with a lot of the pricing guides available is that the price point comes out way too high. I want my knit & crocheted items to be accessible to a wide audience and when the price is too high, it narrows the consumer base since many people aren’t…

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    Darn Good Yarn Collaboration

    Have you heard of Darn Good Yarn? The first time I heard about it a friend was telling me how she purchased a subscription for her mother’s birthday while parked in the driveway right before she walked in for a family dinner. And her present was, hands down, the best birthday present of the night! Since then, I’ve thought about buying a Darn Good Yarn of the month for myself. Who wouldn’t like a skein of one of their premium yarns and a pattern for only $10? So, when Darn Good Yarn approached me a little bit ago to see if I’d be interested in doing a collaboration with them….…

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    Malabrigo Pack

    A few months ago, I saw an IG post for the Malabrigo Pack  where they would send two skeins of hand-dyed yarn from unreleased varieties. According to their website, these skeins are from Test Yarns which may or may not be released in the future. Malabrigo used Knit Crate for their shipments. If you haven’t checked them out, definitely do! You can pick the type of ‘Crate’ you would like, whether it’s sock yarn, artisan yarn or their monthly feature, and they ship it out to you. Now, I LOVE Malabrigo yarn. Everything about their yarns from the yarn content to color themes are amazing so I jumped on signing up…

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    Bunny Sit & Knit

    I’m excited to announce a donation-based knitting class that’s perfect for those who are interested in learning how to knit as well as those who are experienced knitters and anyone in between. And who doesn’t want bunnies running all around to keep us company while we’re knitting? The event will be on May 10th from 5pm-6pm at the Nevada Humane Society located at 2825-B Longley Lane in Reno, NV. The suggested donation is $10-$15 and if that’s too much for you, no worries, just give what you can! The donations collected from this event will benefit the bunnies at the Humane Society. Please come prepared to sit on the ground.…

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    My first post…

    I decided to start the blog as a creative outlet for my knitting, homemade health/beauty products and to document my journey to zero waste living… or as close to it as I can. I’m planning on posting free patterns, recipes and tips that will hopefully be applicable to your life as well. You can find my old blog posts at http://naluknits.wordpress.com.