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Join the Deck Your Halls Stocking Knit-a-Long!

The minute I saw the Deck Your Halls pattern, I knew I was going to knit it. The idea came to me this week that maybe I'm not the only one. I'm going to be making this Christmas Stocking Kit in November and I invite you to knit it with me! We'll cast on November 1st and try to finish by the end of the month, in plenty of time for the holidays. Read on for more details about the KAL and how to sign up for it.

Studio Equipment Upgrade

Guys, some exciting stuff happened in the last month at Jilly & Kiddles Headquarters and I thought you might like to see some of the behind the scenes details...

Meet our new base...Brawn

Want to know more about how I choose a new base to sell in the shop?  I'm going to tell you all about the new base and my process for deciding. When I decide to add a new base to our offerings, it is quite a lengthy process.  Naturally, I...

Every Little (mini) Bit Counts

...I also use mini skeins as a way to reduce waste and protect our environment.  My process involves dye stocks (liquid mix of dye powder and water, as opposed to dry dye powder) which have to be made ahead of time.  When I empty a container of dye stock, I...

Another Kind of Yarn Fortress

After I wrote the other blog post, I started thinking about fiber, yarn, knitting, crocheting, spinning, and dyeing.  They are all things that I love, and things with which I surround myself.  Isn't this a sort of yarn fortress as well?  Does my yarn surround me and keep me safe?

Vogue Knitting Live NYC

I'm home from my first VKL NYC, and I'm struggling to figure out where to start.  This experience has been like no other for me.  The 10th Anniversary of this NYC event was my very first time attending, and it was my first time vending at such a huge fiber event....

Yarn Fortress

When my younger two boys have extra time in the morning before school, they often go into the spare room and play Hero Factory guys on the pull out couch.  Last week, they started doing something new.  I went down to the family room and found they chose a new place...

So...does this happen to anybody else?

Guys, I'm having this problem.  Now it's not a world-ending problem or anything, but it's getting a little strange.  Here's the deal: I go into my closet (which has a light) and choose shoes for the day.  But I keep coming out with mismatched pairs. Seriously.

Random Thoughts...

Things have been a bit all over the place around here... So in the spirit of chaos that is my life right now, here are some random thoughts. Seeing your own ad on Ravelry for the first time is surprising and wild!  I was adding my new project to Rav...

Trunk Show!

Over the weekend, Jilly & Kiddles had it's first trunk show.  What an fun experience! I've been preparing for this for weeks, dyeing lots of extra yarn and deciding how I'd like my popup shop to look.  There was a lot to do, but I think it went really well....

Our Week of Torture

So, you know what's pretty strange these days?  Not having any cell reception or internet.  Seriously.  It's just bizarre. My family is back from our vacation, and it's so good to be home.  The six of us went away on a week long cruise out of NYC, along with my...

(Yarn)Bombs Away!

Well, the word around here is college.  Yup, my first child is about to fly the coup.  You know, in about 9 months or so... Last week my daughter, my husband, and I went on a little trip to check out a couple of schools.  We zipped off to NYC for...

Back to It

Guys, I don't know if you've ever done anything like this before, but let me tell you, it's an emotional rollercoaster.  Can I tell you something?  Right after I opened the website and I'd posted about it on Instagram, I was overwhelmed with emotion.  It reminded me of the first time...

Photoshoot of the Century

The photoshoot during which I learned how to capture yarn.  ...So I googled it.  I researched.  I read articles.  You name it.  My shots were getting better, but not quite what I wanted yet.  Naturally, I thought maybe if I had a really great camera, if would make a difference. ...

Focus on the Good

Let's discuss the good things in life--the things that take away some of our stress and make everything seem so much more manageable.  Is there knitting?  What do you think?!