Over the past 18 months we have worked with a mind boggling group of crazy awesome talent to build a collection of Knitting Kits and Crochet Kits for our Extreme Yarn and Sugarbush Chill Yarn. We have more amazing designs coming soon and can't wait to show you!!! To celebrate, we have compiled our top 5 All Time Favourite Kits!
We recently launched our new Mama Knows Luxury Wool Free Acrylic Extreme Yarn. There are very few patterns available for this type of yarn and so, just like I did a year ago with our Giant Merino Wool Yarn, I am working on building the pattern availability for this new yarn.
Over the past few days I have been working to convert my original Oversize Knit Hat Pattern to accommodate the new Vegan Yarn.
It's finally complete, including a super fast video of the 35 minute process condensed into less than two minutes!
Building Mama Knows Luxury has been a whirlwind full of ups and downs! I've been a Creative Business Owner for close to four years now and today, while ripping weeds from my garden, I felt compelled to share some of the biggest truths that I have learned along the way!
Anyone who has ever come to me for advice will tell you, I love my analogies! Without even trying my brain finds and provides an analogy for almost every situation that I find myself in. I can always think of something to say, lol, words have never failed me!
I love to lead; not because I like to be the boss, but because I thrive on seeing people that I have helped find their rhythm and build their own unique success. I believe that if we can find the proper guidance right at the moment that we need it, if we can absorb the wisdom and experience of someone who has already been there, that we can use the time we saved to advance our goals so much quicker!! Throughout my crazy life (I always say, someday I will write a book!) I have been lucky to receive the gift of mentorship from men and women who I have so much respect for and I have always taken the opportunity to pay that gift forward whenever someone comes to me for help.
Photo by Kelly Brooks - Knitbrooks - Sip and Stitch Edmonton, 2016
How To - Make Dryer Balls with Leftover Mama Knows Luxury Big Stitch Yarn (Or Any Wool Roving) And Add Simple Designs
I've been telling my clients for around a year now that they should use their MKL Big Stitch Yarn Scraps to make Dryer Balls. Today I made a video to show how easy it is and in this post I'll share all the things I learned along the way.
Awhile back my friend Kelly from Knitbrooks sent me a message that put me into such a crazy happy dance, my poor husband thought I was crazy!!
She told me that the team at Our Maker Life wanted to invite me to contribute a pattern to their secret project, Make: Volume 1.
I have had the pleasure and honour of working with Our Maker Life in the past as a Guest Blogger on Tip Tuesday (see what I wrote here). I have always been a huge supporter of Our Maker Life because their very existence confirms my deepest belief: Collaboration over Competition is a viable way to build a business, and way more fun!! I could go on and on about this, in fact I will very soon, but that is a whole other blog post!
Let's get back to Make: Volume 1, that's what this blog post is all about, so read on!
I have spent the last year talking. I've talked to my suppliers, to my woodworkers, to news makers, book writers, fellow entrepreneurs, crafters and business people, when it comes to Mama Knows Luxury I have talked endlessly! My biggest honour has been talking to my clients and the things they say to me make my heart sing! I have always known why I started this business, now I also know why my clients buy from Mama Knows Luxury and the role we have in their personal happiness scenario!!
Photo by @coziknots (instagram), one of our Preferred Makers.
Big Stitch Yarn—the Myths, the Realities, and Realistic Expectations
Will it hold up?
Will it pill excessively and fall apart?
How do I care for my finished item?
These are only a few of the questions we answer almost daily here at Mama Knows Luxury. Empowering our clients to make informed decisions by dispelling myths and creating awareness is something we are passionately committed to!
We have spent the past year working to answer all of the questions, create options for all clients and provide quality video tutorials to help you along the way.
One of our completed Big Stitch Blankets, at THE MAKERS KEEP in Edmonton, AB, Canada
Why do we collaborate? What's the purpose?
Are we fulfilling our inner fangirls?
Are we taking part in a crazy popularity contest?
Is it blatant, shameless marketing?
It's none of these—we promise!
There's a rhyme to our reason, and it's all about giving our clients everything they need to make the beautiful projects they dream of making.
Stephanie from All About Ami collaborated with us throughout 2016. She designed this beautiful knit throw and provided stunning photo tutorials on her www.allaboutami.com blog. We offer all her patterns as full kits in our shop. She helped us take the guesswork out of deciding what you need to make a beautiful throw-sized blanket.
My oldest daughter has the creative fire running through her veins, just like me. She is always drawing something, making something, or learning something. It's incredible how much one can learn nowadays with a quick Google search and some dedicated YouTube-video watching.
Lexi has been asking if she can try hand knitting with our big stitch yarn for months now. She recently participated in Lemonade Stand by Curated, a craft sale for mini-makers and emerging artists. She worked her butt off to make pom pom emoji pins and pencil toppers and made it through two long days at her very first craft sale. We were so proud of her, and as a reward I let her choose from all 70 of our colors and ordered her a 1 lb skein of big stitch yarn in periwinkle. We finally found time yesterday to split the yarn and complete the knitted infinity cowl she wanted to make, and we made videos and snapped photos as we went. Here's a pic of Lexi wearing her cowl—she is so proud of herself! Crafting with kids is so rewarding, and my kids definitely get high dosages of crafting from me!
Big stitch yarn really is big! You need tools that are at least 40 mm or greater to work with it, or you can use your arms or hands. We always share this video by Simply Maggie when our clients want to arm knit with our yarn. We also love this video by BeCozi on hand knitting flat on a table without using any tools. We work with MD Handfield Designs Inc. to bring our extreme and giant tool designs to life. Currently we offer giant knitting needles, extreme DIY pipe needle kits, and giant crochet hooks, all specifically designed to work perfectly with our big stitch yarn. But what if you want to use a smaller tool? Or add finer detail to your project? Never fear, your yarn can be split and made smaller to increase your yardage and accommodate smaller tools. Read on to find out more!