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Knit-Along With Us!

Do you remember how flipping fun sing-alongs were as a kid? I mean who could ever have too much of the hokey pokey? (You put your knitting needles in, you put your knitting needles out...) Bottom line is, it's always more fun to do sh*t with people. Which is why we are starting a knit-along on November 15th in partnership with We Are Knitters

I know she looks a little upset in this picture, but we will be smiling with big old dopey grins when we finish this sh*t.

Use the special We Are Knitters promo code STIKVERTIGO to get 15% off your Vertigo Sweater at checkout and get ready to cast on with us on Sunday, November 15th!Several members of the STIK Clique have already received their kick-ass Vertigo Sweater Kits in various colors from We Are Knitters (mine is in Noir, dahhhling). We will be posting updates and pictures of our progress and giving little tips along the way!

Can't wait to knit-along with our ever-expanding group of sh*theads <3

XOXO, 

The STIK Clique

How to Rock Your Shit

Shit That I Knit | How To Rock Your Shit It’s getting chilly out there and it’s time to start reppin' your STIK gear loud and proud! If you purchased one of our garments during our Kickstarter campaign, your hat is being whipped up by one of our speedy little knittas and will be in your hands in no time. 

As you rock your shit, here are some tips for how to wear our garments to ensure you look fly as f*ck and not like a total noob.

First let’s start with the ideal: her hair is slightly pushed forward; the band is left natural and is covering the hairline but not covering the eyebrows; the pom-pom is sitting right at the flat part on the back of her head (am I the only one with a flat part back there? If so, disregard. Carry on.) Look how serene and happy she is. It’s cause she NAILED this look.

The following looks are not quite so chic. Why would you want to hide your on fleek eyebrows? Or look like a blue poop emoji?

      

Now, onto the Bliss Band. Let’s recall that this is supposed to be an earwarmer. Therefore, your ears should be covered. Unlike the beanie, it looks best if this rests right at your eyebrows as wearing it too high isn’t quite a good look, as seen on the right.

      

And finally, please resist the urge to wear all your hair over the Bliss Band like you’re going to wash your face. We’re pretty non-judgy people but we will be mugging you HARD if you wear your sh*t like this.

Okay, that's it. Pet peeve bitching fest is now over. 

Enjoy rocking your sh*t! Don't forget to tag #shitthatiknit when posting pictures of you in your swag. We love it.

XOXO, 

The STIK Clique

Photos by Gretchen Powers

Finding Inspiration

In case we haven't said this enough, our knittas are awesome. They're a creative, diverse group of ladies with various talents, careers, senses of humor, and interests. Today's post was written by one of these knittas. Emma Werowinski muses on one way she encourages her creativity.

Enjoy her post below:

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Swapping Knitting Needles for Embroidery Thread:

Inspiration used to stress me out. I never knew where it would come from and I was always afraid of losing it.

This past year, I started Rhode Island School of Design as a freshman. Our first year, which we call foundations year, is designed to keep us busy, like really busy, like eight-hour-long studio classes busy. And because we're too busy to think about inspiration, it appears seemingly out of nowhere, just like it’s supposed to.

Although I was given free rein for my spring drawing final, I knew that I had to give myself some parameters. If there is one thing that I've learned this year about my art-making, it’s that I need to give myself rules. So here they are: 

1. embroider something everyday
2. use journal entries as inspiration
3. use the closest available materials
4. strive to be subtly amusing if at all possible

    Here, the amusing thing is the ridiculous amount of time I spent recording such tiny details from my day. 

    Lately, I’ve been quite into embroidery alongside my knitting. I have no idea where this interest will lead, but, as with inspiration, I guess I will have to wait to find out.

     

    Shit That I Knit Blog | Finding Inspiration

    Luh it. You can find more of Emma's projects and embroidery on Behance here.

    XOXO, 

    The STIK Clique

    Knit Graffiti

    I came across this lovely, cozy tree on my way home from bar trivia the other night. My team, “Merlot Rider,” had just faced a difficult loss and I was feeling pretty down until I came across this knitted street art and I was reminded of how much I love the weird shit that knitters do.

    Shit That I Knit Blog | Knit Grafitti

    A Cozy tree in Livermore, CA.

    The phenomenon of wrapping up public objects in knitted pieces is known as knit graffiti, or yarn bombing. Bike racks, poles, bridge cables, rocks, trees...anything goes.

    Shit like this reminds me that knitting is no longer just associated with kindly, elderly folk. Knitters can be creative, fun, and ballsy people.

    While honestly, I am way too stingy to leave my expensive yarn on trees, I am in extreme favor of taking knitting to the streets.

    Knit in public, people! #Freetheneedle! Let's start a revolution!

    XOXO, 

    The STIK Clique

    A Knitta Dinnah From an Outsider’s Perspective

    Shit That I Knit Blog | Knitta Dinnah

    So you’ve heard us yammer on about what a great community we have and how we all like one another and we share knitting secrets and compare gauges and blah blah blah. So here’s an outsider’s perspective on what we’re really like.

    Grady Ross just moved to Boston and was invited to our last knitta dinnah through a mutual friend. She took the time to write shit about us. Here are her thoughts on our team in her own words.

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    My First Knitta Dinnah or,The Night I Learned To Wield The Metaphorical Knitting Needle Inside Me To Fend Off The Haters

    I'm 25 and just moved to Boston. What a great city, the city of baked beans, Red Sox, and freedom. But despite my affinity for swan boats and Peskey Poles, it's none of these wonders of the Cradle of Liberty that brought me here.

    I'm here in pursuit of education. I'm going to learn things, much like the wicked smaahht alumni of Harvard and MIT who have come before me.

    I'm going to learn to make dresses.

    I'm enrolled in a program for fashion design, and it feels like something I have to admit: rather than a declaration, this announcement feels like a sheepish, head-hanging, feet shuffling concession of guilt, like "yes, I am taking my potential and throwing it down the drain like I should have done with that bottle of wine two bottles of wine ago."

    I love beautiful clothing and designs, but the pursuit of a spot in the fashion world feels embarrassing to me.  As a woman who resents a lot of the roles that women have been assigned, it feels almost superficial and archaic to concern myself with pretty things.

    Which brings me, long-windedly, to Sh*t That I Knit. In this case, my gratuitous yammering on self serves a purpose. It is important for me to get personal in this recollection of my first meeting of Christina and the  Knittas, because STIK is a personal company embarking on a very personal mission. It is a company that means something to people. It means something to me. What do I mean?

    I went to the most recent Knitta Dinnah having scored an invitation by a lucky connection via mutual friends. This friend has kept me abreast of the company since its inception, and I've been increasingly intrigued. With sights on breaking into the apparel industry myself, I wanted to get a look at Christina's very unique business model: plus, the product is TO DIE, and I like to be as close as possible to beautiful clothing. Christina's family graciously hosted me and a dozen other young women, all employees of the company with the exception of myself, at their beautiful home in Boston, where we were treated to charcuterie and wine and grilled vegetables and wine and chicken and salmon and wine and homemade desserts, and wine. At first, it felt very much like girls' night, like a girls' night in the movies that you watch and think, "I wish I had friends." It felt like a gathering through which women might stereotype themselves, like going to Whole Foods in your Lulu Lemons, or post-breakup Ben & Jerrys, appropriate for a company that concerns itself with something as traditionally "feminine" as knitting. By the time I left, however, a bit chagrined and slightly intimidated, I had gotten, thank God, a clue. I didn't expect for my time with the STIK crew to strike me on such a deeply personal level, but it did. Their story is one whose moral is this: people like me who are stuck in ideas about who they should be, like ideas that they should be scientists rather than fashion designers, are just a bunch of assholes.

    I know: you're like, it's just a hat for god's sake, I can't believe you're waxing profound on knitwear. But the fact is, while the product is top-quality and on-trend, it wouldn't be the same company without the dynamic of the group behind the scenes, even if the inventory was exactly the same. There is an understanding there that the success of a company isn't strictly the goods it produces. Christina has brought together a community of young women with a shared passion and turned it into a viable business that has garnered attention for the way they have defied expectations. They're knitters, but they aren't elderly women clinging to an antiquated art. They're females (ok, there's one guy, but I didn't meet him) but not one of them fits into a mold, gendered or otherwise. They're doing something they love, but they're not doing it for fun's sake: profit is the end game here. They're business people. Amidst other dinner-party chatter there were brass tacks discussions of non-compete clauses and lawyers and design copyrights and expense reports and ethical sourcing and opportunity costs and marketing strategy and things I had to Google later.

    Each item by the Sh*t That I Knit brand is knit by hand, giving every piece a one-of-a-kind quality: allow me to be cheesy and state that these hats are metaphors for the people who create them. This is the company's strength, and so far they've played off it beautifully. I am so excited to see how things take off in the coming months: and while I'm at it, let me say that I'm excited for myself: I've seen what's possible when you believe in your own shit.

    Photo by Gretchen Powers

    Can we get a HELL YEAH?!

    Shit That I Knit Blog | Kickstarter Campaign

     

    How we've been feeling this week about our Kickstarter campaign. 

    We're kinda happy right now.

    Less than one week ago, we launched a Kickstarter campaign with an end goal of $15,000. In less than 24 hours, we reached this goal. 

    That being said, we’re not planning on stopping just because we hit our target early (29 days early, but who’s counting). Our Kickstarter will be going strong until October 23! PSA: it's going to be COLD by then and we all have those friends who are constantly chilly. Get 'em all snuggily in a beanie!

    By pledging here, you can snag some AMAZING DEALS on Sh*t That I Knit swag while helping us scale our growing business. Be sure to watch Gretchen Power's video. She artfully captured what we're all about and every time we watch it, it gives us the feels.

    One thing's for sure, because of the support we've already received, we're all going to have some busy-ass fingers in the next couple months and we can't f*cking wait! 

    Thank you for helping us do what we love. Your support means a shit-ton to us.

    The STIK Clique

    Photo by Gretchen Powers

    Check Out our kickstarter here