In My Knitting Basket This Month

Katherine Heigl and yarns from her knitting basket

I recently walked into a lovely knitting store while in Jackson Hole WY and got totally carried away as I so often do among piles of beautiful fibers. The crisp temperatures in Jackson had me gravitating towards the chunkier yarns and cozy fall patterns. I also happen to love projects that knit up quick and can be done in one rogue afternoon while binging my new favorite show. With my time spread so thin these days I’m in need of quick and easy craft projects and these patterns were exactly what I was looking for. So with out further ado, here is what’s in my knitting basket this month.

Katherine Heigl knitting an Azel Pullover
Katherine Heigl knitting an Azel Pullover

The first project is this chunky and chic Azel Pullover I’m doing for Naleigh in a bright tomato red. I’d also love this in cream, or camel but I thought the red would be so beautiful against Naleigh’s gorgeous complexion and dark hair. I chose Encore Mega yarn and am doing it on size 15 needles instead of the 13’s the pattern calls for. I knit pretty tight…surprise surprise, so the 15’s are working out great for me.

Yarn for Naleigh's pullover

Next is this incredible Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West that I’m doing for my mother for Christmas. Mom, if you’re reading this…well, Merry Christmas! I chose this Baby Alpaca Grande Hues yarn in creamy winter white and a cream and camel mix. In his pattern Stephen says this shawl can be knit on pretty much any yarn with any size needle and I’m taking his word on that! My version will be a heavier chunkier shawl perfect for those chilly winter days in the mountains.

Baby Alpaca Grande Hues for Nancy's shawl

When I need a break from the shawl (which will take longer than a few hours I’m afraid, but won’t be too bad I hope) I’ll pop out one of these adorable Vermonter winter hats. I plan to do one for all of the kids, even little man, in Manos del Uruguay Franca yarn. It’s a bit pricey but the hat only requires one skein which makes it a pretty affordable project. I absolutely love all the Franca colors so it was kinda hard to choose, but I did and truth be told, no matter what I would have chosen I couldn’t go wrong.

Manos del Uruguay Franca yarn for winter hats
Manos del Uruguay Franca yarn for winter hats

For my sixteen year old niece Maddie, I’m knitting up this super funky Drop Stitch Cowl in the Baby Alpaca Grande Hues. I chose a variegated wine color that I know she’ll love for it’s warmth, softness and sophisticated tones. She’s not much of a pink girl and really gravitates towards richer fall hues.

Yarn for Maddie's Drop Stitch Cowl
Yarn for Maddie's Drop Stitch Cowl

Last but not least is this incredibly easy quick knit children’s sweater that I managed to complete in one 4 hour sitting during the drive from Jackson back home. I bought three different colors of the Encore Mega with plans to do two for Joshua Jr, and one for Adalaide. I especially love the tweed looking yarns for little man. There’s just something about dressing a baby boy up like a little Harvard professor that truly tickles me. I amended the pattern a bit as I mention in the Vlog just to make it more my own, but will probably stick to the original for the next one. I used Purl Soho’s pattern for their color tipped scarf as the basis for my tiny baby button on one.

Yarn for the children’s sweaters
Yarn for the children’s sweaters

For more great knitting inspiration check out Mama In Stitch by Jessica Potasz and Alex Mikkelborg’s Two Hearts Crochet, and be sure to keep your eyes open for my interviews which will be coming to both blogs very soon!

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  • Sam

    Wow those are some amazing looking balls of yarn. I love when all the fall /winter colours come out!!!

    October 6, 2017 at 10:50 am Reply
  • Corinna

    Hey dear Katherine!
    I would like to learn to knit. I am now pregnant. I would like to knit a baby blanket! Do you know a good Video tutorial or something?
    Greetings from vienna!

    October 6, 2017 at 11:11 am Reply
  • Sandra Oranje

    This is my kind of thing and it couldn’t come at a better time. I’m learning myself to read English patterns. I taught myself to read English crochet patterns and I find them easier to read than the ones in my own language. How weird is that. The Boneyard Skawl is my favorite out of all your projects and that yarn, oh my goodness, just wow! Those colors are amazing. I think I’m gonna use that project to teach myself more reading English patterns. Just have to see what yarns they offer here that are nice and chunky. Love those winter white and camel creme mix. Okay now I have to continue on my crochet project, a babyblanket I promised someone. Loved the video and your kids are gorgeous, specially that bouncing baby boy. Just too cute. ❤ With love from the Netherlands

    October 6, 2017 at 11:58 am Reply
  • Nina Gregory

    Hello Katherine,
    I absolutely love your blog and you and your family make Utah living look wonderful! I am new to knitting and would like some easy fun projects to give to family for Christmas this year. I have seen the really chuncky blankets you knit with your arms but the yarn seems SO expensive. Do you have any tips or suggestions for us newbies?

    Btw…I LOVE all your comfy looking tops…

    October 6, 2017 at 12:59 pm Reply
  • Hillary

    This is actually one of the main reasons I joined your blog. Seeing another maker in the world who makes something that we all can relate to. It’s like getting together with an old friend to create some magical pieces. The way you make all your kiddos creations of love touches my heart in so many ways. I have a 5 yr old son and let me tell you, boys are so magical in their own little ways. They def have their momma’s hearts for sure. Please don’t ever stop creating. I would love to see your finished pieces. Thank you for sharing!

    October 6, 2017 at 1:47 pm Reply
  • Karin Pike

    so much yarny goodness! Love it. I haven’t knit in months and just started a hat yesterday in order to get back into the swing of it, myself. I have 2 sweaters for myself in the wings and one for a friend’s dog (they like to stay warm, too, or so I’m told).

    Thanks for the two blog suggestions. I’ve followed both and look forward to the interviews you mentioned. Do you do those (or guest posts) often?

    October 6, 2017 at 3:00 pm Reply
  • Liz Santiago

    So beautiful. I remember i learn to knit when i was 8, I used to love to watch my aunt doing it for hours and after that i did it many times. KATHERINE HEIGL you are amazing . I love to see a human that can show so many different experiences and all so different from the other ones. Amazing actress, and i am a big big fan, the cutest mom with the cutest little kid and more. Thanks for sharing to the world all you art and best moments of your life.

    October 6, 2017 at 3:50 pm Reply
  • Jeni Frankenfield

    I love your vlog and love when you share your knitting projects! I could watch you on a regular weekly vlog just talking about whatever and your knits of course. 🙂 I have trouble with seaming sweaters too. I have twin girls so everything I make is double. Can’t wait to see your finished objects!

    October 6, 2017 at 4:19 pm Reply
  • Tricia

    ♡ Love your blog and the children make it even more fun☆
    Going to the yarn store tomorrow!
    Thank you

    October 6, 2017 at 4:40 pm Reply
  • Becky

    *sigh Love to read about yarn, knitting etc. But I didn’t see the sweater you spoke of referenced that you used Encore Mega for. Would love to see it, especially if it only took 4 hours!
    Thank you for sharing

    October 6, 2017 at 6:43 pm Reply
    • Webmaster

      Hi Becky – check out Katherine’s video near the start of the article (after the first paragraph). If you watch it you will see the sweater. Hope that helps : )

      October 6, 2017 at 6:56 pm Reply
      • Becky

        Ah – yes it does. Thanks!

        October 6, 2017 at 7:08 pm Reply
  • Natasha R

    Oh I absolutely loved watching this vlog! Your passion for knitting with those lovely looking, squashy, chunky yarns is evident and a joy for a fellow maker to watch. (Your son going to town in his jumperoo was also cute!) I am a crocheter and just finished a multicoloured/grey blanket for myself which was 2 YEARS in the making! Having my second baby kind of got in the way haha.

    Next up is a Bertie baby blanket (Little Doolally does lovely patterns!), a teddy bear (both gifts) and a bobble hat for my aforementioned baby who is now almost 2.

    Learning how to knit is definitely on my ‘to do’ list though. Have fun with all your upcoming projects!

    October 6, 2017 at 7:18 pm Reply
  • Kimberlee C

    Thanks for sharing your talents! I only kniw how to knit scarfs and you have inspired me to learn new things and try something different.

    October 7, 2017 at 3:05 pm Reply
  • Allison

    Hey Katie! Could you please make a video teaching us how to knit? I’d really like to learn!

    October 7, 2017 at 3:10 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      There are so many amazing videos out there by people far more talented than I! I’ll do a post soon about my favorite ones and include a bunch of links for you to check out!

      October 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm Reply
  • Lindsay

    I absolutely love reading your blog!! So precious and makes me want to get to the mountains and get out of this humidity in MS!! Haha!!! Your knitting projects inspire me!! I just took up crocheting and so I’m very new to it but I’m almost done with my first blanket and then hoping to start some scarves for Christmas and hats for my girls and son!!! Keep the posts coming!!! Love them!!! ♥️

    October 7, 2017 at 3:15 pm Reply
  • Angela J

    What does your daily beauty routine look like? Any favourite must-haves?

    October 7, 2017 at 3:17 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      Funny you should ask! I’m just about to do a b/vlog on my routine and my favorite products so stay tuned and subscribe to the blog to be one of the first to know when the post is up!

      October 7, 2017 at 7:57 pm Reply
  • Breanna Boatwright

    I recently started watching your vlog and you are absolutely amazing and talented! I tried knitting with my grandmother many years ago and it was such a beautiful art. I’m obsessed with blankets and quilts so that would be my go to when it comes to knitting. Thank you for being who you are and sharing.

    October 7, 2017 at 3:18 pm Reply
  • Natalie W

    I think I’ll put off staining my kitchen cabinets and learn to knit! Can you suggest a way to get started?

    October 7, 2017 at 3:18 pm Reply
  • Andrea van Doorn

    You are my kind of knitter! I tell my knitting students all the time not to get hung up on little mistakes. Love the scarf on baby jacket idea!
    If you ever come through Colorado, we knit on Tuesday and Sunday mornings.

    October 7, 2017 at 3:22 pm Reply
  • Gloria

    Hi Katie, I’m a huge fan of you since you were a teenager, I would like to learn how to knit. Can you make a video very simple, so that way I can learn?

    PD: come back to greys anatomy I don’t like Alex new girlfriend. Please.

    October 7, 2017 at 3:22 pm Reply
  • Monica

    I am just so happy you started your own YouTube channel. I absolutely love seeing what you do

    October 7, 2017 at 3:25 pm Reply
  • Lisa Schofield

    Hi Katherine, thanks for sharing what’s on your needles, I also like quick projects and find baby knits quick to knit like the Baby Sophisticate Cardigan. I’m currently knitting myself a pair of Please and Thank you socks which I love as they look like they are cabled but it’s not and it’s a very simple and easy pattern to follow. I’m also knitting a Jolie Milly dress for a new baby gift and will soon cast on another baby knit like a baby sweater for another gift and the Sunset Highway Sweater for myself. Lisa @lisalovesyarn on Instagram (Brisbane, QLD Australia)

    October 7, 2017 at 3:35 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      Wow! You’re busy! I’m gonna check out all these projects and get inspired! Not that I need any more projects!

      October 7, 2017 at 7:55 pm Reply
  • Ally Sellers

    It’s amazing how such tiny fibers can make so many beautiful things . I have yet to learn to knit but I do crochet . Which I find easier . Less things do hold in my hands haha
    You’re stunning and your family seems very beautiful . I’ve been following you on Instagram for quite some time . Happy observing from a small border town in Alberta/Saskatchewan Canada .

    October 7, 2017 at 3:53 pm Reply
  • Arynn T

    Love your Blog!! I would love to know what your favorite BABY GEAR is! Stroller,crib,anything! I trust your opinion and I’m sure a lot of other women would love to know what you like! Thanks girl!

    October 7, 2017 at 4:05 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      Well thank you! I actually have a pretty extensive list of favs that I’ll be posting in the next couple of weeks so keep an eye out! I had to break the post into two parts cause I got a little carried away, but I cover everything from strollers to car seats to toys to night lights!

      October 7, 2017 at 7:46 pm Reply
  • Jeannette Weber

    I’ve always wanted to knit, but don’t know how!
    Where do I start?!
    Can you give me any tips or books on how to learn?
    Thank you!

    October 7, 2017 at 4:19 pm Reply
  • Sohail

    I just saw your instragram message that you said will answer our questions and I wanted to know that is there any possibility come back to grey’s anatomys show?
    I loved times when you played in this show , That would be awesome when you come back to the show <3

    October 7, 2017 at 4:27 pm Reply
  • Alexandria lewis

    I love that you actually knit like your character Izzy! Have you ever made anything with the really fat yarn? I see this year that is something becoming more popular. What do you do with the items you knit? Fall is the best time for crafts!

    October 7, 2017 at 5:06 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      Hahah! Izzie knits like me! That part of her character was written into the show because the writers knew that I liked to knit! I have done a few projects with the super bulky yarn and loved how they turned out but find them to be kinda awkward projects to do, but I’m sure I’ll keep doing them!

      October 7, 2017 at 7:43 pm Reply
  • Debbie

    Awesome projects, love the sweater you made for Joshua, thinking that would be perfect for my grandson. I made the Azel pullover for one of my grand-daughters, easy peasy and so cute!! Have fun!!

    October 7, 2017 at 5:07 pm Reply
  • Cathlene Uhl

    I’ve been slowly teaching myself to knit over the past three years. Summers are nuts for us, and I tend to knit more in the fall and winter, so this was the perfect b/vlog for me because I am also brainstorming this season’s projects. You and I chose the same hat–the Vermonter! Great minds! Can’t wait to do that one. I also try to teach myself a new skill every year. Last year I learned how to knit lace (still need lots of practice, but I get the basics), and this year I learned cables and I am trying to master stripes/changing colors. My first attempt at a striped hat for my husband was kind of a disaster, so I was a little discouraged. How long have you been knitting? How do you organize your patterns/yarn stash/notions? Any tips for a semi newbie?

    October 7, 2017 at 5:24 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      I love how motivated you are to keep learning! I’ve been knitting since I was about 19. Feels like a lifetime now! I keep my yarn organized by weight and needle size. So fingerling weights all go together. Yarn that uses size 8 needles all go together. Bulky yarns all go together and so on. You don’t sound like a newbie to me at all! You probably have a few things to teach me!

      October 7, 2017 at 7:40 pm Reply
      • Cathlene Uhl

        That makes sense. I’ve been organizing by color, and although it’s pretty, it’s not really practical.

        I was inspired by your love of quick, easy, chunky yarn projects (I haven’t done much with chunkier yarn yet) so I cast on a chunky hat last night! And I am loving it! You are right, it’s satisfying when something knits up so quickly.

        I loved your post about your solo time in Jackson Hole. My hubby is sending me, my sister, and my bestie away for a long weekend to San Francisco next week as a combo birthday/anniversary gift. We are a military family, so I don’t often get a break because we don’t live near our extended family members. Really looking forward to taking that time for ME and recharging.

        Looking forward to your next project post! Thanks.

        October 9, 2017 at 4:05 am Reply
  • Holly Sullivan

    The little jacket with the built in scarf you are working on is to die for!! How unique! I’ve recently seen super large type yarn and wool spools on Facebook. It makes a very large crochet shell looking throw blanket. They’re beautiful. I just need some motivation, time to myself, and a video tutorial on how to knit. I’m not very crafty. Sadly.

    October 7, 2017 at 5:26 pm Reply
  • Sheri

    Hahaha I loved the video! You guys crack me up! I also have been to that yarn store in Jackson! Such a cute store, and lots of amazing yarns! And I love all the knitting projects you are working on! I especially love the project you are working on for Naleigh. It’s such a cute pullover sweater! I want to make one for myself. But sadly my mom didn’t know how to knit so growing up I only learned how to croquet. but I hope to someday learn to knit.

    October 7, 2017 at 5:28 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      I’m trying to break into crochet! I feel like knitting is easier, though maybe only cause I’m more familiar with it than crochet. I’d love a good, easy crochet project recommendation if you have one!

      October 7, 2017 at 7:34 pm Reply
      • Carina

        Break into this!
        If you can make a single crochet, you can make this blanket. The border is a little more difficult, but it looks good without it too.

        The thing about crochet? You only have one stitch on your needle most of the time, you can stop at any point (no more …”let me just finish this…one row…”) and if you accidentally dropped a stitch, you only lost…one stitch. Yay! I also like knitting, but crochet is my first love. Hope you like it too 🙂

        October 23, 2017 at 4:50 pm Reply
  • Julia Owczarek

    Hi Katherine 🙂
    My name is Julia and I’m 17 years old. I love crocheting. My grandma taught me how to crochet when I was around 11 years old. I love crocheting. I made a penguin and his name is Hugsy. My grandma promised that she’ll teach me how to knit.
    Love from Poland,

    October 7, 2017 at 6:22 pm Reply
  • Erika

    I’m loving seeing more of you! You’re my favorite actress of all time, I’ve missed you so much, so glad I found your blog. Love your bright & humorous personality. Please keep posting! Your kids are beautiful.

    October 7, 2017 at 6:26 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      Well you are just making my day! Thank you for your lovely comment! I’m so grateful for the support!!

      October 7, 2017 at 7:32 pm Reply
  • Janet Buck

    This is my first time to visit your blog, but I will be back! It made me stop, take a deep breath, and smile…. and I needed that. Thank you friend! I haven’t knitted in years but think I might just take it back up. Happy Saturday to you.

    October 7, 2017 at 6:43 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      I’m so glad the blog brought a smile to your face! Thank you for stopping in!

      October 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm Reply
  • Suzanne

    Those are so amazing! Can’t wait to see the finished sweater for the little guy–such a great and cute idea to button on the scarf! I am struggling to learn how to knit. Creative talents do not come easy for me, but I’m determined to develop this one. If you have any tips or suggestions for beginners, I’d be very grateful. (I bought a starter kit and, as soon as I saw the abbreviations page, I got overwhelmed. Haha. It’s like learning a new language.) Have a blessed day!

    October 7, 2017 at 6:59 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      I totally get it! I feel the same way every time I read through a new pattern but I’ve found if I just begin with the first line and go from there it’s so much easier and doable than first perceived!

      October 7, 2017 at 7:58 pm Reply
      • Edwin Gramajo

        There’s knitting ideas that came from my race Guatemala you can knit bed sheets a doll carpet welcome on front door and Christmas and Halloween I’m 22 that looks 16 and I think you are a very super young beautiful actress state of affairs and knocked up and bug buster 1998 film

        October 14, 2017 at 8:47 am Reply
  • Ruth

    Hello Katherine! Thank you so much for sharing so much with us! You are so authentic and I so enjoy your Blog and blogs too! Blessings XX

    October 7, 2017 at 7:25 pm Reply
  • Karlee

    Hi there! I love that you did a knitting video. I think it is a great idea asI like seeing what other people are up too in the knitting world and what kinds of yarns and projects they use. I also love project that kit up quick. If you haven’t heard of it or visited the website, check out ravelry. It is great! Designers like Stephen West are also super active on social media and are fun to follow. Hope to see more posts in the future. Enjoy your fall knitting projects!

    October 7, 2017 at 7:27 pm Reply
  • Victoria

    I love the look of all of those yarns. I can crochet and have been doing it for years now. I love it. I’m currently learning to knit. Any advise?

    October 7, 2017 at 10:06 pm Reply
  • audrey

    i just want you to know that your blog is so wonderful, you make me so happy, thank you for putting a little light in my life,i love you so so sooooooooo much and i’m so proud of you, thank you for making this again this is so precious and i’m forever grateful for you and your talent!!! hope to meet you one day!!!! audrey 16years old❤️ my idol

    October 7, 2017 at 10:56 pm Reply
  • Angela

    Have you ever made yarn animals? I think little yarnimals would be so cute! 🙂

    October 7, 2017 at 11:05 pm Reply
  • Mon

    beautiful like everything! now I hope to see the beautiful things that you will be preparing for the year of your baby Besos from Argentina

    October 7, 2017 at 11:28 pm Reply
  • Daniel

    Your blog sounds so beautiful! I love the aesthetics of it, the posts I read are very interesting, and I’ll be following it more closely from now on!

    October 7, 2017 at 11:56 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth

    Hi Katherine! As you probably know I am very creative love to make things out of scratch but (mostly horror at the moment though) recycle also but I love to draw also anyways I actually bought myself some yarn I am going to use it a way my friend taught me back in when I was in middle school its something simple though well, would love to see more knitting ideas also wanted to see some quilt blogs that will awesome! Thank you!

    October 8, 2017 at 12:57 am Reply
  • Ebony

    Hi Katherine! I’m new to your blog, but I’m already loving it! I’d really love to see some Christmas-inspired projects (like maybe blankets or something!) for my nieces to give them as gifts. They are 4 and 1 and I’d love to give them something personalized. Obviously it’s not December yet, but when it comes around I’d love to see some blog posts like that, if that’s okay. I’m a huge fan and I love everything you’ve been up to so far, I can’t wait to see more! I send my love! Xx.

    October 8, 2017 at 1:19 am Reply
  • Nancy

    Hi Katherine. The azel poncho is in my queue too. But I opted to crochet a similar poncho – different pattern. Do you crochet? I find it works up so much faster. I’m currently making infinity scarves for the fall weather. Currently on my hook is the moonlight stroll infinity scarf by thestitchinmommy. Love your blog. Thanks for sharing!

    October 8, 2017 at 1:31 am Reply
  • Samantha Sheffield

    The knitting community is amazing. Such a wonderful group of men and women. I love a quick project too, but I have been stuck on fingering weight yarn recently. I found a dyer that I think we could have been sisters in another life. 🙂 Kaitlin with mint rain yarns shares my love for all things Outlander and Harry Potter. I am currently knitting the Celtic Myths finger shawl with her Scottish Highlands colorway. I’m also trying to finish my first ever cardigan for myself(harvest by tincanknits) out of some knit picks wool of the andies. I love knit picks yarns. They are so affordable. I love Stephan West color sense. He can totally rock those neons. His patterns are amazing. Oh goodness, I want to cast one on now. Lol Like I need another project. Lol oh well. You are so lucky to have a Lys. The closest non big box yarn store is 3 hours away 🙁 Thank you,for sharing with us. You can check out my projects on ravelry. I’m knittingmomma01

    October 8, 2017 at 1:55 am Reply
  • Ruth

    Love your blog Katherine! Just discovered it! Always been a huge fan of yours. I remember your brother-in-law from college – he dated one of my sorority sisters. He liked to brag about his big brother! You all are so talented.

    October 8, 2017 at 2:03 am Reply
  • Pam C

    Hiya Katherine!
    I first found your blog via a FB post and I *think* you were arm knitting (?) or some sort of knitting for sure. So being a fellow yarnie and a big fan of your work as an actress I joined your blog. I have enjoyed following your posts, most recently the birth of your son and your witty musings on that whole adventure! It’s so nice to know that behind all the glamour is a friendly, down to earth person who has the same foibles as we all do. I am primarily a crocheter and recently taught myself basic knitting with the many great tutorial videos out there. I do get a bit tense knitting and fear making mistakes because it’s not as easy to fix as crocheting. Do you crochet as well and do you ever post your projects on Ravelry? Have you ever checked out Alexandra Tavels designs on her site Two of Wands? Really really stylish! Other favs of mine are Mama in a Stitch, All about Ami, and Megmade with Love. Have fun with all that yummy yarn!

    October 8, 2017 at 2:40 am Reply
  • Emily F.

    You should use those threads and time and make winter hats for the kids at a children’s hospital! I’m currently lying in one myself with my 2 year old. It’d be a neat way to get out to the community while using all of your incredible talents you have! 🙂

    October 8, 2017 at 2:54 am Reply
  • Magdalena Marszalek

    My grandmom was teaching me how to crochet. I loved it, even I was 6 years old it was a fun. I was better at croching then then I’m now 30 years old and always remember my grandmom. She was a creative and talented person. She died on grandmom day in 1997… Thanks to her I’m seeing clothes, backpacks and more. I want to make beautiful things like she was doing!

    October 8, 2017 at 8:42 am Reply
  • Christopher Pace

    Hey Katherine, I am a big fan of you! I love your role in Grey’s Anatomy as Izzy and I was very sad to see you go (it would be great to have you back, do you still watch it?) Anyways, I love your blogs and it is great that you are doing this. I love your ideas and I can’t wait for more. I love you Katherine!!! ❤️☺️

    October 8, 2017 at 4:01 pm Reply
  • Marie

    Katherine! I am also new to your blog and looking forward to catching up on it! 🙂 Just wanted to say that it was incredible getting to meet you when you and your husband were here in Fort Collins! When you stop by next time, you will have to come visit me at a new pie shop and restaurant opening, “Ginger & Baker!” I will be making pastries there . Also just wanted to mention that the video of you with your son while Josh was playing Christmas music on the piano, warmed my ❤ and made my day. PS “27 Dresses” is my favorite movie of all time… “50, wow!” Haha

    October 8, 2017 at 4:17 pm Reply
  • Julia Owczarek

    Hi Katherine,
    My name is Julia and I love crocheting. My grandma taught me how to crochet when I was around 11. She’ll teach me how to knit and I hope it won’t be too hard. I love seeing the things that you make. They are beautiful.
    Hugs from Poland,

    October 8, 2017 at 4:46 pm Reply
  • Mary Kay Bishop

    Love it! You’re just like all my sheeples – “so many projects, so little time.” I guess it’s the hazard of the job for creative people. Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your real life with us! ♥️

    October 8, 2017 at 4:49 pm Reply
  • Marie

    Miss Katherine! I am also new to your blog and I’m really looking forward to catching up on it! You might have just re-ignited my old knitting fling.
    Just wanted to say that it was incredible getting to meet you when you and your husband were here in Fort Collins! When you stop by next time, you will have to come visit me at a new pie shop and restaurant opening, “Ginger & Baker!” I will be making pastries there . Also just wanted to mention that the video of you with your son while Josh was playing Christmas music on the piano, warmed my ❤ and made my day. PS “27 Dresses” is my favorite movie of all time… “50, wow!” Haha 🙂

    October 8, 2017 at 7:49 pm Reply
  • Donna

    I have never had the back for doing knitting, although I would really love to learn, but I have been doing pretty well with crocheting.
    I have made afghans, baby booties, and even learning new projects and stitches. I’m over 50 by the way, but it is so much company in the winter and about the only time I get into doing it. Thanks for all that you share and for your lovely videos and projects….. Donna

    October 9, 2017 at 12:01 am Reply
  • Becca Giles

    Hi Katherine,
    I love seeing your blog and pictures of your farm. You are so talented. I lived over in Poea, just a few miles from you for a while. You actually bought some veggies from me at the Oakley farmers market. I didnt believe it was really you, until you walked away and people were coming up to you wanting to take your picture. Thank you for doing this blog. It’s been really fun getting to see the real life side of you 🙂

    October 9, 2017 at 2:18 am Reply

    My wife has been knitting for decades and about 5 years ago we decided to go on holiday to TURKEY specifically because the area produces ACRYLIC wool for the whole world.

    To buy a ball of wool(yarn) the average price of a ball of wool is about 1 dollar Naturally specialised stuff costs a little more but the most we have paid is about 9 lira which was about 2 british pounds. or 5 dollars approx.

    The quality is amazing and the people that sell it are so friendly its quite easy to * barter/negotiate* a lower price especially if you are trying to speak the language as they respect you for trying.

    NAKO is one of the brands often bought but as the wife to date has more than 2000 balls of wool to hand i know i am in store for some peaceful nights 🙂 but she puts her knitting to great use making * twiddle muffs* for people with dementia or other illnesses
    So its all for a good cause.
    i work a lot of the time for many hours driving Limousines in and around London so she needed something to keep her occupied
    * when the grand children are not around *
    would love to chat one day when you are not busy.

    Am a follower of twitter pic of me and Sir Roger Moore is my picture


    October 9, 2017 at 6:53 am Reply
  • Lindsay Lou

    Your blog is fabulous! It looks like we both share a love for baby alpaca yarn. My first and most amazing experience with alpaca yarn was in a Peruvian village in Cuzco where we watched Quechua women spin, dye, and weave baby alpaca hair into an amazing tapestry. I can’t wait to go back . It truly was a life changing adventure. The boneyard shawl has been on my project to do list for some time now. I’m excited to follow your progress with it in hopes it will give me the motivation to finally get started on it too! Lately I have been experimenting with creating my own patterns, and I was wondering if you ever do the same. My passion is creating knitting designs and I hope to eventually start my own pattern shop. My collection is growing! I am inspired by all the amazing knitters out there, like the creator of The Velvet Acorn designs. Oh for the love of yarn, I could look at her projects all day long. I can’t wait to see how your projects turn out when all of that incredible yarn twists and turns around those needles! The best gifts are the ones made with love

    October 9, 2017 at 12:28 pm Reply
  • Jennifer

    Love seeing all your knitting and craft projects….do you ever do felting projects? I do knit/crochet and then felt in my washer. I make a variety of whimsical animals and other fun things…mostly ornaments to hang on trees or where ever..I use mostly merino wool, but LOVE alpaca too and it felts wonderfully….If you would like to see what I make I am on Instagram at Woven Dimensions….happy knitting!

    October 9, 2017 at 4:51 pm Reply
  • Jessica Potasz

    Hi Katherine!
    Thanks so much for sharing what you’re making with us. I love your style and taste! The red that you chose makes me want to go and buy a big bundle of red yarn (which would typically be way out of my comfort zone). It’s so gorgeous!

    And thanks so much for the recommendation to check out my blog. What an honor. Can’t wait to see your projects all finished up. 🙂 Have a lovely week!
    -Jessica / Mama In A Stitch

    October 10, 2017 at 2:34 am Reply
  • Ruby Corman

    Hi Katherine , I’m hopeless at knitting ( believe me I’ve tried ! lol ) but I love to see what other people make . Your projects look beautiful ! I enjoyed the family getting in on it too 🙂 . Take Care . Love from Canada ! Ruby .

    October 12, 2017 at 9:34 pm Reply
  • Glorie Marcoux

    Thanks so much for sharing your current knitting projects. I’m always looking for something new to knit. And like you I like the quick knits. I think I like the immediate satisfaction of a finished project. I’ve been busy making messy bun hats this season but I think this weekend I’m gonna set aside some time and whip up the Vermonter pattern you posted! Looking forward to more knitting ideas you blog about. 🙂

    October 13, 2017 at 4:42 am Reply
    • Glorie Marcoux

      So I knit the Vermonter hat after work, (it really was a quick knit!). The only thing I would change is I’d add another 4 knit rows and a Purl row before I start decreasing. I felt it just fit. I like that extra little bit on the top of my hats so I’m off to knit my second one with the modification. Ohhh another Friday evening knitting! Lol

      October 13, 2017 at 11:32 pm Reply
  • Janie

    Thank you for your sharing all your fall projects! This is something I’m currently working on. It’s a quick knit and perfect for autumn. I’m making it for my sister’s birthday.

    October 13, 2017 at 6:06 pm Reply
  • HeidiMay

    I just love seeing everyone in your vlog…all my children are in arms reach when I work on videos and or pictures. They are often the ones behind the camera if I’m in front of it I just wanted to stop by….say Hello and wish you Happy Fall Knitting✨

    October 14, 2017 at 3:08 pm Reply
  • Antonia lutz

    I love knitting Too! If I’m sitting I’m knitting! those yarn choices are beautiful. I do that too I buy pricey yarn for hats it’s a small bit of luxury.

    October 15, 2017 at 7:08 pm Reply
  • Sharon Burr

    I’m knitting that same Axel pattern! I couldn’t believe it when I saw that was one of your projects!!! I love knitting it as it’s pretty fast! Love your craft blogs!!!

    October 15, 2017 at 7:15 pm Reply
  • Lu Widener

    Hi Katherine, or “hey”, as they say here in the south. It was sooo wonderful to come across your video on what’s in your knitting basket! Don’t know when or how you got started knitting but, you’ve got not just great talent as an actress but, also are a talented needle artist. Presently, I’m not in position to shop for my family, yarn shopping included. As one who knits a crocheters myself, I love how you are sharing your love for showing gratitude to your family through the gift of handknits. I believe those items will be cherished forever because of the thought, creativity, personal time and love you’ve poured into them. Even in the photo albums. Maybe, someday, I will be able to do such for my family. I am a mother of one and grandmother (Gram), of two. One each, girl (6) and boy (4 mo), Gram’s “Little Man”! Was calling him that before he was born. Lol!

    Looking forward to seeing the finished projects. Hope you’ll continue to share!


    October 16, 2017 at 1:30 am Reply
  • Rhonda

    I loved the interview on Mama In A Stitich! I wondered if you really knitted like Izzy! Greys is my binge show lately while I crochet. I love doing fast projects for instant gratification! Mostly lots of hats right now so I can give them all away when it starts getting cold. Thanks for sharing, it’s nice to see younger people keeping the craft alive!

    October 17, 2017 at 2:11 am Reply
  • Elizabeth Bogan

    Loved reading your blog. Love the idea of getting something done in a short while. Some projects take forever. And the yarn you have picked is simply beautiful. You certainly didn’t take long to get right into knitting. Keep up the good work. Beautiful pics.

    October 17, 2017 at 2:33 am Reply
  • Pam C

    Hey Katherine,
    This is an easy and really cute crocheted sweater pattern. Looks like it might be your style!


    October 17, 2017 at 6:00 am Reply
  • Sarah

    Hi Katherine,

    Love your blog. I’m a huge knit and crochet addict. I have a monthly knitting group and teach kids how to knit and crochet. It is very rewarding.
    You write with so much passion about crafting, it’s a real joy to read it all.

    Can I ask where you have found the lovely gift tags with ‘happy holidays’ on it? I just love them and would like to buy some for the upcoming holiday season.

    Big kisses from Belgium, keep up the good work 🙂 x Sarah

    October 18, 2017 at 11:22 am Reply
  • Rochelle

    I LOVE the sweater that you made for your son, but do not see the link for that piece. Am I just missing it? 🙂

    October 19, 2017 at 6:59 pm Reply
  • Abi

    Hi Katherine! Thanks so much for the mention. I hope you enjoy knitting the Vermonter and The Drop Stitch Cowl. They’re super quick, easy, instant gratification knits 🙂

    October 23, 2017 at 2:52 am Reply
  • lillian Sutherland

    Love love your blog

    October 23, 2017 at 11:27 am Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      Thank you! Means a lot to me!

      October 27, 2017 at 7:12 pm Reply
  • Carina

    My name is Carina and I’m a Yarn’0holic. It has been 9 days since I last bought yarn. I’m putting it to good use though, making a(nother) beautiful, soft squishy blanket. What I love about blankets is that, once you get the hang of the pattern, you can almost mindlessly work at it while watching TV or listening to audiobooks. Sadly, not enough time for this. 🙁

    Did I mention that I love yarn? I LOVE yarn! But it absolutely has to be soft. Squeeky yarn gives me the heebie jeebies … (I had to stop writing for a moment to allow time for the shiver to travel down my spine).

    I have a ridiculously large yarn stash which, unfortunately, I cannot show off, as I may get hate-mail. But I have plans for all those fuzzy balls of happiness, if only I could squeeze more time out of one day…sigh.

    Looking forward to seeing your finished projects!

    With love, from South Africa

    PS: I gave a crochet pattern recommendation somewhere up here in the comments, an easy…wait for it…blanket pattern! 🙂

    October 23, 2017 at 5:09 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      Thanks for the pattern link! And so happy to hear from another crazy yarn lady! XOXO, KT

      October 27, 2017 at 7:14 pm Reply
  • Liz

    New knitter here. I was inspired to knit by one of your past blog entries. I started my first big project last week and am loving it so far. Do you mind sharing what brand the sweater is that you are wearing in this picture?

    October 25, 2017 at 5:44 pm Reply
  • Lulu

    i love your blog, you are so crafty..i know you don’t have time, but wish you were doing vlogs on youtube…:-) love all your crafty projects..

    October 30, 2017 at 4:31 pm Reply
  • Cori

    I just happen to be Knitflexing Grey’s Anatomy and saw that in Season 2 you garter knit a bulky weight sweater and I believe you actually wore that sweater later in a baking scene. By any chance do you remember the pattern? I’ve looked on Ravelry but so far haven’t found it. It looked like the perfect mindless knit without being a scarf or cowl and of course garter is very in right now.

    November 3, 2017 at 10:03 pm Reply
  • Ed Hall

    If you continue to spend time in Fort Collins – check out My Sister Knits ( It’s a lovely shop in a carriage house behind a home on West Mountain. Sorry to hear about your dog. Hope she is on the mend.

    November 8, 2017 at 9:26 pm Reply
  • Julia Owczarek

    Hi Katherine,
    My name is Julia and I’m 17. I love crocheting and my grandma will teach me how to knit. Do you have any tips for knitting? Maybe something to make the learning easier? I think that you’re an amazing actress and I love Grey’s Anatomy. Izzie is my favourite 🙂
    Kisses from Poland,

    November 18, 2017 at 6:56 pm Reply
  • Julie Coffey

    Katherine: I stumbled upon your page today, and am so inspired to see a celebrity knitting and crazy-crafting just like I do!!! I mean, I’m insane at times. I’m dealing with recovery from alcoholism, and knitting is saving me. But sometimes I feel like such a boring loser, doing this craft that people don’t really understand. Along comes you, happily doing the same things I do!!! Thank-you, I feel like you and I would be friends. My current obsession is socks. I travel a great deal, and take photos. I’m in the midst of translating the mood of my photos into sock designs. My current pair is inspired by the iconic Laudurée Paris box. I’m on Ravelry as Juliets-coffee. I’d be so honoured if you looked at my work, but regardless thank you so much for validating my crazy. It’s saving my life, quite literally. You should try socks!!!! Perfect for grab and go. I use a tiny 9 inch circular, it’s addictive!

    January 21, 2018 at 3:25 pm Reply
  • Trisha

    Katherine……..I love all your knitting projects…….Iam a crocheter and just started to learn knitting……wish me luck….I do have a question have you ever knitted PILLOW COVERS….I want to make pillow covers for my bed and sofa…any help with this would be appreciated…Thanks Trisha

    February 16, 2018 at 9:08 pm Reply
  • Crystal

    Do you read new comments on “old” posts? Well, here’s hoping! I have to tell you I LOVE your crafting posts especially if it has to do with yarn…. I’m a bit of a yarn enthusiast myself. I do hope you’ll consider keeping this as regular seasonal posting. You inspired me to do the hand warmers that I didn’t know I needed beforehand and for that I thank you. Hope you and your beautiful family are doing well.

    February 19, 2018 at 7:12 am Reply
  • Barbara Myltschenko

    Well thank you for sharing. How nice to know that someone you see from afar has things in common with you. The Azel pullover is one of my favourites – hope you will post your finished product.

    March 7, 2018 at 3:51 pm Reply
  • Sue from Canada

    Hi Katherine! Love this video, your beautiful home and family, and your enthusiasm for Knitting!! There’s nothing like new projects and new squishy yarn!!! I would love to knit that little sweater you knit for your son, but I didn’t see a link for it? I hope you do more videos, show us the projects once they are knit up etc! I’m also a knitter addicted to Ravelry, currently on a shawl knitting binge! Cheers luv!

    March 14, 2018 at 7:53 am Reply
  • Jennifer Fay

    Lovely colors. I can totally relate to seeing new yarn in a store or on Ebay! Even though my knitting stash is three to four bins full, there always is a new color I long to have.

    May 29, 2018 at 12:16 am Reply
  • Ali

    So many of your listed projects are on my needles currently! Love the red color!

    August 27, 2018 at 6:23 am Reply
  • DeAnna

    Please keep posting the fun yarns you find! I love trying new yarns. My fiancé and I knit and we stumbled upon your blog – we hope you keep posting! Love it!

    August 31, 2018 at 12:48 am Reply
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