From Homemade to Handcrafted: Elevating Your Art

What's the difference between homemade vs. handcrafted?

What's the difference between homemade vs. handcrafted?

How to Elevate Your Art

This is a subject that is near and dear to my designing/knitting instructing little heart. Don't you just LOVE to hear your work described as "handcrafted" and cringe at the description of "homemade?" 

Why is that? I think, at least for me, that's because I always think of "homemade" as somewhat unfinished, it seems to be missing something. The result is ho-hum..just...ok. 

But, if you take the time to use to pay attention to the details, add refined touches and techniques that make the project look like so much more...you will have created a polished handcrafted item. It's amazing that moving from homemade --> handcrafted take less effort than you think.The result...beautiful and functional! 

Let me explain...

Here's an analogy. And it has nothing to do with knitting, but I think it proves the point. I want to make something special for dinner and use just a few ingredients. Ok, I've decided on a little pasta, some sauce and cheese. I want it to look really good.

Let's translate this concept to knitting:

  • Think of our plate (or foundation) as a good design/pattern.
  • The main course is the right fiber and quality tools for the job.
  • Our garnishes (shaved cheese and fresh basil) are the right techniques for our project. That could mean a good solid cast-on, selvage borders, a great edging and the right cast-off, to name a few.
Even the simplest garter stitch project can look hand crafted.

Even the simplest garter stitch project can look hand crafted.

Can anyone make a hand craft?
Yes! Anyone can do this! You don't need experience, only an openness to learn and attention to details. If you're a beginner, what a great way to start! Even if you are an advanced knitter, the craft is an ever evolving art with something new to learn, try, and master. By and large, most of these techniques are really very simple basic skills that you can learn in a snap. So, time to stretch your wings and grow, Artistas!

Getting There Is Simple

For those of you who have been part of our Knitalongs, you've already started on the artisan path. Each KAL project we have presented has showcased several skill builders and knitting tips to help you hone your craft. We'll be adding more throughout the year. If you've missed them, no worries! 

The attention is in the details: quality yarn, selecting the right finishes, and taking the time to knit smooth, even stitches.

The attention is in the details: quality yarn, selecting the right finishes, and taking the time to knit smooth, even stitches.

From this blog page you can check out the Knitalongs to see what you've missed. And while you're there take a cruise through the Knitting Tips, too. You'll see that along with being purveyors of fiber and tools, NobleKnits is also a learning center and problem solver resource.

We'll keep feeding your creativity!

So, have I piqued your interest? Struck a chord? Good. Let's plan to walk that handcraft path together. We're here to help spark your creativity, guide you to select a project that interests you and fits your skill, and select the right tools and yarn to do the job for knitting success.

Contact our Knitting Doctor to help you select your next project and answer your knitting questions!

Cheers and Happy Knitting!

- KnitDocDonna