Book Tour: THE KNIT VIBE by Vickie Howell

Woohoo! I’m excited to be the first stop on Vickie Howell’s book tour! Meet The Knit Vibe, a funky-cool book all about expanding your creativity and living your craftiest life.

The Knit Vibe: A Knitter’s Guide to Creativity, Community, and Well-being for the Mind, Body & Soul by Vickie Howell

The Knit Vibe: A Knitter’s Guide to Creativity, Community, and Well-being for the Mind, Body & Soul by Vickie Howell

Vickie and Heather on the set of  The Knit Show , July 2017.

Vickie and Heather on the set of The Knit Show, July 2017.

This coffee-table-worthy book is packed with over 200 pages of ways to nurture your creativity, enhance your health and inspire you to find the knitting life you’ve always dreamed of.

This book is packed with stories from makers, community, creative inspiration and tons of knitting and crochet patterns designed by Vickie and a slew of other designers, including one by me!

The Knit Vibe really is a beautiful book and you can tell Vickie poured her soul into bringing us the best all-encompassing knitting book to date.

When talking with Vickie while she was dreaming up and writing this book, she told me she wanted to share her inspirational journey through the knitting world and show knitters how we gather inspiration from all facets of the universe.

I think she did it and I am thrilled to show you my design tucked inside the pages of this magnificent book! 


Meet the Wärme Mitts Knitting Pattern

Wärme Mitts designed by Heather Walpole for  The Knit Vibe by Vickie Howell

Wärme Mitts designed by Heather Walpole for The Knit Vibe by Vickie Howell

Wärme Mitts are a funky-cool set of log cabin wrist warmers. These little mitts work up in no time and they’re a ton of fun for using colors you love. 

These fingerless gloves are a great introduction to the log cabin style of knitting! Each mitt starts with a small center panel and is worked back and forth. The project is then rotated clockwise and new stitches are picked up to create each adjoining panel.

They’re fun to make and I love how the colors play off of each other. The Warme Mitts use 4 colors of Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted merino wool yarn and we were luck enough to have Vickie curate some yarn kit color combinations just for us!

Take a look at these awesome yarn packs. I can’t decide if I want another set in Hyper Hues or Wärme Tones!

Warme Mitts Wooly Worsted yarn kit from Ewe Ewe Yarns

Warme Mitts Wooly Worsted yarn kit from Ewe Ewe Yarns

How do I get my own Wärme Mitts?

First step: Buy The Knit Vibe by Vickie Howell at a yarn or book store near you! It’s also available online.

Second step: Grab a Wooly Worsted yarn kit to knit your own pair!

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I hope you enjoy my knitting pattern inside The Knit Vibe along with the entire book. There’s even more that I haven’t mentioned like interviews with Kaffe Fasset, Caitlin Hunter and Bristol Ivy along with projects from designers like Nancy Marchant, Tanis Gray and my friend, Amy Small.

It really is as good as it sounds!

As Vickie says, “Breathe in, knit out.”

See The Knit Vibe by Vickie Howell on Amazon



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Supply List: Tenergy LED Lamp for Knitting and Reading

Tenergy LED Crafting Lamp

Tenergy LED Crafting Lamp

Hello! Heather here with a little notions aside. I know we all have our gadgets we love and I wanted to drop in and tell you about my latest discovery – better lighting! Working on a knitting project without enough light can be a real problem. If I can't see well enough I might miss a stitch or worse yet drop a stitch.

Enter my new best friend the Tenergy LED Lamp. Look at these well-lit stitches!

Bright stitches! Better lighting makes for better knitting.

Bright stitches! Better lighting makes for better knitting.

Ahh, simply magical! 

Now, I need to be upfront here and let you know that Tenergy contacted me and asked if I'd like to try this new LED lamp because they thought it would be great for me and my fellow knitters. I don't normally do product reviews unless it's something I have tested and l would really think people would benefit from knowing more about and therefore I normally turn down offers like the one I received from Tenergy. BUT! After reading the email I realized that I already have this lamp's little sister on my desk! I use it every day and I love it.

Tenergy LED Crafting Lamp

Tenergy LED Crafting Lamp

The Tenergy lamps are awesome because they have all LED panels that give the light. That means it's not a big awkward fluorescent light and it's also not hot like a traditional incandescent bulb. The light panel can give a ton of coverage without the downsides.

LEDs come in a wide range of brightness and color ranges and the nice thing about these Tenergy lights is that they have a control panel that allows you adjust the brightness. That means you can use it on a really bright setting if you're working on a project during the daytime and need a bit more light or if you're working on a dark colored yarn like something with a lot of black or brown in it. You can also adjust to something a bit lower light if you're knitting in the evening or watching a movie with your honey and still want to knit but not light up the whole room. Pretty great.

The Tenergy lamps can also adjust to give you a color temperature based on what your needs are. Now, I know you're like... What's color temperature?! Yeah, that's when light ranges from something bluey-white (cool) to something a bit more orange/yellow (warm).  Look here:

Pretty neat, isn't it? I use the cooler light when I really need to see my stitches and concentrate and I use a warmer setting when I just want to relax and knit. Generally speaking cooler light provides a brighter white for more clarity and a warmer light is there when you're ready to de-stress and put your feet up. All of these settings can be fine-tuned to your liking right on the touch panel.

But wait -- there's more! The Tenergy Floor Lamp that I'm using in the photos is actually a 2-in-1 design. It can be converted from a floor lamp to a desk lamp in just a couple of minutes! 

Tenergy LED 2-in-1 Floor Lamp/Desk Lamp

Tenergy LED 2-in-1 Floor Lamp/Desk Lamp

Yes! I love that! Use the full-size lamp in the living room while you're knitting and then shorten it up to use on your craft table for quilting the next day. Genius! I'll be honest here and say that I used mine on the dining table to work a jigsaw puzzle a few weeks ago. The chandelier wasn't giving me enough detail so I adjusted this one and we taught that puzzle who was boss.

I really do like this new Tenergy LED Lamp and am happy that I can share it with you because I think you'd like it, too. It makes me wonder if I would have bought that original desk lamp I have if this brilliant design had been available then? I might have just bought this version since it is double duty but definitely love that I have two now. 

If you need a new crafting light I am happy to recommend the Tenergy LED Floor Lamp Desk Lamp. Find it on Amazon.


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Supply List: Chic-a Combo Needle Case

My knitting needles are a total mess. 

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Seriously?? Totally. I'm a little embarrassed to say that I knit for a living and this is how I keep my tools. But, it's true. Bundles of double-points and binder clips of circulars. Until!

Until...

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Until now! I am head over heels in love with my new Chic-a Combo Needle Case! Look at all my circular knitting needles organized so nicely. And they're all in there! But, wait. There's more! 

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My double-pointed knitting needles are in there, too! There's more room than I have needles for which is kinda blowing my mind. 

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BI am so happy with my new needle case. I love Chic-a bags because they're made for knitters, they're super cute and they really last. Go check out their stuff