“Of all things, why do you care so much about Knitting?”

I’m so glad you asked! I think knitting is important, because it is a way to actually make something lasting with our own hands. Our lives are largely digital and stored on smart phones and laptops and Instagram feeds. That information will fail. This is a certainty.

You know what else is a certainty? And is also something that will actually last? Baby blankets. Scarves. Hats. Stuff like that. Especially items that are made with good materials that are properly cared for. That stuff will last just about forever.

You can knit your grand baby a blanket and eventually your great grandchild could be kept warm in the same blanket.

When I go through the cedar chest of special handmade items that have been passed down through my family, I feel like I’m actually touching a part of my grandmas and aunts who made that stuff. That’s a powerful thing!

How to make Pom Poms with yarn, a fun video tutorial | Pattymac Knits

You see, it’s not just knitting. It’s about having a connection with your family and loved ones that comes one stitch at a time.

I think that’s absolutely magical. You can make a set of scarves or hats or something for your family to wear when you take your fall family pictures, and 25 years later actually put those things on again as you reminisce with your (now grown) daughter or granddaughter the night before her wedding. That is powerful. Putting those knits on will take you right back to that chilly afternoon and revive all those long forgotten memories.

cat hats made from an easy knitting pattern by Pattymac Knits. Makes the cutest family portrait session EVER!

You see there are many facets to the practice of knitting, and Pattymac Knits is a place to talk about it. All of it. We’re going to share stories about all the things we love and make. It’s a place where you can learn about new ways of using the same stitches to create everything from street art to baby hats.

You can knit fun things for every stage of your life and relationships. You have the power to personalize your life. Talk about Revolutionary! I think it’s amazing what you can do with some sticks and string.

Emma in Pattymac Knits, Spring knitting with Street Style, cat hats knit from an easy knitting pattern

Hello! I’m Patty McGuire, Pattymac for short — dog enthusiast, and teacher.

I live in sunny Virginia Beach, Virginia which is also my hometown (At one point, I spent 7 years in the mountains outside of Charlottesville, but missed living near the water.) I got really into knitting when I lived in the mountains because IT’S COLD as heck there in the winter.

Pattymac Knits is a knitting and craft blog with fun DIY projects and delicious recipes

What’s up with all the knitting?

I knit because it makes me feel happy, hopeful, and alive. It makes me feel more connected to the natural world and has given me incredible appreciation for all things handmade.

I would love for you to also feel connected to our beautiful, natural world and the pride of accomplishment that can come only from doing it yourself.

Everything I create — from knitting patterns to finished knits and photography— is designed to make you feel GOOD, to remind you that you’re allowed to be happy and to inspire you to live your best, most authentic life. I want to remind you  that you’re allowed to feel good. That’s it. You are allowed to be happy and to feel good.  The world needs more happy and contented people! Look at it this way.

It’s not just about knitting. It’s about making the world a better place.