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  • Writer's pictureAlise Kabakoff

Knit With Me Sew With Me

Updated: Jul 26

New Lucky Ducky makes his Debut! - The white and bright yellow Lucky Duckys have a new brother! Introducing Lucky Ducky in cream and white. The beautiful earth tone ribbon completes this “handmade with heart” beauty, and he’d even love to go on a trip with you!! (See Lucky Ducky Goes to Europe on our YouTube channel!)

Yarn 101 - Part 2 - What do those numbers on the yarn label mean? Every single skein of yarn has a thickness number. The higher the number, the thicker the yarn. Below is a collage of four yarn thickness numbers.

On the left is a #3 Light. Yarn carrying this number is usually used for lightweight projects, especially things for baby.

The next graphic is #4 Medium. This is the most popular yarn by far. I use this yarn number for hats, head wraps, gloves, stuffed animals, booties, lavender sachet bags and home goods. It’s very easy to work with and comfortable on my hands.

The last two graphics are for Bulky (#5) and Super Bulky (#6) yarns. These yarns are used for really warm and heavy projects, such as hats, scarves, blankets, and afghans and are really popular in colder climates.

It’s important to match the correct weight yarn with whatever pattern you are using. If you are industrious and like to create your own patterns like I do, you can use almost any yarn and tailor the pattern to that yarn size. Creativity abounds here, and the sky’s the limit.

If you missed Yarn 101, Part 1, you can read it at this link

How long does it take to create a Knit Me Sew Me product?

Well, it takes longer than a few minutes that’s for sure! Every stitch in every item is made by hand. Also included in the production time is the finishing, which can sometimes take longer than creating the pieces themselves. This is what sets Knit Me Sew Me apart from mass retailers. My ultimate goal is to ensure that every product is perfect. I stake my reputation on this. I always want my customers to trust that when they make purchases from Knit Me Sew Me that they will be totally happy!

Knit Me Sew Me is known for its wide array of fabulous hats for kids. It takes lots of time, especially to get the faces, ears and braids just right. There are so many hats and sizes to choose from. Want something special? Let us know, and we’ll do everything we can to make it happen!

Testimonial - Karen Scott left this wonderful review when voting for me for Alignable's Small Business Person of the Year for my area. "I love Alise's handmade products! We purchased a few for those in need in our community. You can see/feel the love and compassion!" Thank you, Karen!

Being a solopreneur has its ups and downs. I am not one for procrastinating, but last week really kicked my rear end. For some reason, I just felt “down in the dumps.” Yes, it was raining and cold here in Los Angeles (which I totally love), but I couldn't get my act together. It's the end of the month, so I had to write this blog and the social media posts for next month. No matter how much I tried to sit down and write everything, one day led to the next and nothing got done.

Enter a great support system, and they helped me get back on track. I had a Zoom call on Wednesday with Susan Husa, who I met on Alignable and is a fantastic coach. We hadn't talked in a while so this was something I was really looking forward to. We did catch up, but she also took the time to give me some suggestions and ideas, not only for Knit Me Sew Me, but for me as well. At the salon on Friday, my friend Gail walked in for her appointment after mine (nails and toes!!). I didn't know she was going to be there, so seeing her lifted my spirits. We chatted for a bit, and she gave me a really big hug, which I really needed. My sister, Sharon, is also a huge source of advice and support. It really does take a village, and I'm so appreciative of these wonderful women, as well as others who have supported me in good times and through rough ones.

And, finally - I think this one is perfect for this blog!

Until next time!


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