• Knitting Tutorial

    Using a Lifeline in Complicated Patterns

    My current project has already taught me several new lessons and reinforced some already-known techniques: lifelines, provisional cast ons, and how to slip stitches. Today let’s talk about lifelines! The de-stashing goal continues! The next yarn for me to finally get out of my stash is Simply Soft by Caron. This is my favorite yarn for baby blankets. As the name implies, it is extremely soft and perfect for brushing against sensitive baby skin. It also holds up pretty well being washed. I made a blanket for my new baby nephew and I know that thing has gone through the wash many times thanks to spit-up. And it still looks…

  • Scarf/Cowl

    The Katy Cowl: Easy Bulky Garter Cowl

    Every winter, my sister-in-law throws a super amazing craft sale called The Red Door Sale. Creative people from around the Twin Cities sell their handmade products in this magical, Christmas tree-filled home. For the past two years, I have been blessed to sell some knit headbands at the shop. Last Christmas, I went a little hung-ho and bought almost $100 worth of super bulky yarn from Jo-Ann’s. On sale, that was like 25 skeins. And I made all of these headbands with knit flowers in a week’s span. Hello, arthritis. But I didn’t finish off the whole supply. I had 3 different colorways left and wanted one cozy project to…

  • Sweater

    Silken Straw Summer Sweater – Size adjustment for XS/S

    This project is a blast from the past from my Ravelry page. It is “Silken Straw Summer Sweater” by Purl Soho. I absolutely love every pattern that Purl Soho comes out with. I wish I could get in the brains of their pattern designers because I love how their brains work. Seriously, such classy and fun stuff from them. I started this project back in June of 2014, and it took me approximately a month. It was my FIRST ever garment I knit, not including socks. (Are socks considered a garment?)  To this day, it is still the only garment I have knit. But I hope to change that really…

  • Uncategorized

    I’m Going on an Adventure!

    Mountains, Gandalf! Mountains! Welcome to my first ever blog post on neneknitsandgiggles! A little background on who I am first. So as not to be rude. My name is Stephanie and I have been an avid knitter (sometimes crocheter) for the past 8 years. I graduated from pharmacy school in 2015, got married to the love of my life in 2016, and got a stinking cute puppy named Rocket shortly after. Let’s break down my name. Nene Pronunciation: nee-nee. Etiology: my daycare provider called by “Stepha-nene fettucini” because of my love for pasta. Seriously. I would eat pasta every single day after preschool while watching Arthur. The good ol’ days. When…