One of my other creative passions besides hand lettering is knitting. It's a recent hobby that I've picked up since leaving grad school but over the last year or two it's become a full blown obsession (as in I will sometimes have dreams about things I want to knit). This post was super fun to put together, and if you're a new knitter or are thinking about learning how to knit, it will give you some suggestions for tools and resources:
Everything pictured above are tools and shops that I use & visit regularly:
Yarn: There are so many great places to find quality yarn besides Hobby Lobby and Michaels - (although if you want a good natural fiber from a big box craft store, try Patons - I'm really impressed with their wool roving & worsted weight yarn.)
Visit your local yarn shop and ask for suggestions if you have a project in mind! I'm currently loving Quince & Co - it's a small company that produces and dyes all their yarns here in the U.S. Beautiful fiber that won't break the bank!
Needles: I used to use metal or plastic needles when I first started knitting but now I prefer wooden needles. I use a set of interchangeable circular needles from Knit Picks constantly. However, I've had trouble with them coming apart, so if you're looking for anything above a starter set, I'd recommend looking elsewhere - Addi is supposed to make a great interchangeable set.
Tools & Notions: I always carry this pair of little scissors around with my projects - it used to belong to my grandmother who passed away about a year ago - she was a masterful knitter and I love the reminder that I'm carrying on this craft that she loved.
The ruler and needle gauge is from the Fringe Supply Co. - a great place for beautiful, well curated tools and notions when you need something new! Karen's blog, Fringe Association, is one of my must-reads!
The little yellow zipper pouch was purchased at a local yarn shop and is the perfect size for stitch markers, scissors, and scrap yarn.
Patterns: My current patterns all seem to be from Brooklyn Tweed, a design company that produces it's own line of yarn and patterns. This company can do no wrong - all of their work and products are held to a remarkably high quality of craftsmanship. I just started knitting the Timberline cardigan for my dad - I love the way the cables flow right out of the cuff ribbing:
Maybe this will inspire you to start your own knitting journey, but if not hopefully you enjoyed this peek into one of my favorite hobbies!