HUGZZZ

mr hugzzz in an aran sweater

Hi, my name is Steve and I’m a knitter. No, this isn’t a 12 step program, or anything like that, as I’m not apologizing for being a knitter. As a matter of fact, I’d like to share my experience with you, and if you’ll let me, help you develop your skills as a knitter as well, and share in your experience of it! I’m not saying you’re a bad knitter, you may be much better than I am, but I’ve been doing this for 20+ years now and I know I can still improve and learn much more. And we live in a time when sharing information is as effortless as breathing on a clear day.

How did I become a knitter? Don’t worry, you’re not the first to ask. I love sweaters, always have. I also love knitting needles. I actually remember seeing a set in a yarn store window that I was immediately drawn to, even before I knew anything about knitting. They were exquisite, and made of whalebone, and a bit too expensive for me at the time. This was in my teens. If I had only known then what I know now!

Anyway, that’s a story for another day. Today’s story is about me getting involved in knitting. I was living in Toronto, Canada at the time, and working downtown in the financial district. I walked by a higher end men’s wear store and saw a gorgeous white sweater that I had to have. It had ultra suede accents in a very light grey contrast. I walked in the store fully planning on buying it. It was $500! At the time (even now) that was a bit pricey for a machine knit sweater. Had it been hand made, I would have thought a bit more about it, as that would have been a great deal. Anyway, I left the store dejected, thinking I’d never see the sweater again. I couldn’t get it out of my head for the next 2 days, so I went back to the store to buy it, planning on putting it on a lay-a-way plan. It was gone! 🙁 Apparently someone had purchased it the day before!

Now I could have gotten really upset but instead I just decided that I’d learn to knit so that I could make my own sweaters – possibly even the one I saw. That’s how I roll. I went out very shortly after that and bought the book Learn To Knit by Susan Bates. I’m nothing if not stubborn, and when I get an idea into my head, I’m like a dog with a bone. So over the next little while I taught myself to knit and knit myself a sweater (that also is a story in its own right).

Needless to say, my path to becoming a proficient knitter was a long and arduous one – and I’m still working on it. That’s a large part of the reason for this website. You see, there was no You Tube, or Vimeo back then, and even finding a knitting group was a difficult chore. My skills developed by trial and error, and from working in a LYS where I was fortunate enough to meet Kathleen, who took me under her wing and taught me a lot of what I know today. Now I help run a knit group, go to several others, and blog about my experiences in order to help someone else avoid the same route I had to take.

Along the way, I’ve discovered that there is so much more to knitting than meets the eye, that I’d like to experience as much of it as I can, and share those experiences. Well, the only way I can see that happening is by creating a knitting Variety show. And that’s exactly what I’ve done. With a lot of help from some friends, I’ve launched It Takes Balls To Knit – The Show! It is comprised of 3 segments. The only regular segment is Knit Skool, where we teach a technique or skill. After that, the other 2 segments are literally the A-Z of knitting. We’re covering everything on a global scale from Alpacas to Zauberballs! We have cool names for the segments like Sip ‘N Stitch, Reel Knits, All About Ewe, Around The World in 80 Stitches, A Stitch in Time, Bombs Away, Round and Round, Dyeing to Knit You, and many more! Plus, as we discover new things, we’re adding more. In between the segments are cool tips, clips, and contests. I’d really like it if you checked it out and showed your support for this cause by buying an episode. Who knows, you could even win something and I’m 100% certain you’ll find it entertaining and probably learn something new as well.

The Show

So in a nutshell, that’s what this website is all about and that’s who I am. You’ll get to know me better as you follow along with the posts and episodes of the show I put up on this site. You can follow me and the show on Facebook, Twitter, and all the regular social media sites. Please, please, please feel free to comment on anything and everything I put up so I know what you want me to cover on the site and in the show. Hopefully we’ll be able to help each other become better knitters – and people as well. Feel free to contact me through any of the media below …

E-mail:  mrhugzzz@gmail.com

Facebook: Steve Malcolm or mrhugzzz

Twitter: mrhugzzz

Ravelry: mrhugzzz

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Instagram: mrhugzzz

Don’t worry, you’ll find out about mrhugzzz as you read more! And definitely when you meet me.

I look forward to knitting with you for many stitches to come!

Hugzzz 😎

75 Comments

  1. Thanks to the Knitters group on Facebook, I saw your Lucy Liu post and now I’m getting caught up on your blog. I’m anxiously awaiting the pattern for that scarf! I can’t get a decent resolution shot of it, or I’d try to figure it out myself. (Yeah, Chris, in your *abundance* of free time…) Looking forward to following you, and, maybe even getting out your way some day. If you’re ever in New England, give a shout.

    Christina Hay

  2. Chris, thanks for reading, the comment and the invite! I will definitely take you up on that when in out your way. As for the pattern, I’m working on it right now! There has been a lot of response to this post, so I’m trying to get it done asap. There will be a post about it very soon!
    Hugzzz 😎

  3. Hi again Steve,

    Would it be possible to knit the Elementary scarf with Galileo yarn (Content: 50% Merino Wool, 50% Viscose from Bamboo
    Weight: Sport
    Knitting Gauge: 6 sts = 1″ on #3-5 needles (3.25mm-3.75mm) ? May be 2 strands at the same time?

    I can’t wait to start working on this, once I receive the download link, of course :-)Thank you!
    T Huynh

  4. I think it would be, and you can definitely do the two strands at the same time. I would add about 8 extra stitches though, as the sport weight yarn will give a narrower band – which is okay if that’s what you want. While the bamboo tends to stretch, the wool should allow it to have a good memory! Please send pics when you’re under way!
    Hugzzz 😎

  5. Hey Steve,
    Just came across your blog from MenWhoKnit and am intrigued by the workmanship of your projects…I especially love love the blue grey scarf in the pic in the heading of your site….Would love to try my hand at it. Could you please tell me where I can get a pattern for it.

    Thanks in advance
    Drew Brake (Australia)

  6. Drew, the pattern is on this site – search for the Barrington Braid. Thanks for the compliments!
    Hugzzz 😎

  7. Thanks Steve for your reply…Found it….Wish me luck, it is my first cable!

  8. Hi Steve,
    I just ordered your patterns, Rastah, Angel and Elementary. I tried to download them, but the downloads were empty. Could you please send them to me again?

    Thanks,
    Teresa

  9. Thanks for the heads up Teresa. I’ve sent them to you!
    Hugzzz 😎

  10. Hi Steve i am still waiting on the pattern for the white sweater with the Barrington Braid pattern have you written out the pattern yet or did i miss it? Will be more than happy to buy it,

    Thanks

    Roz

  11. Roz, you have not missed it. I have been sourcing the right yarn for it and I’m glad to say I now have it. It’s an organic merino wool that I used for the Elementary scarf kit. I’ll be doing the pattern and knitting myself one over the next few weeks – might even set it up as a KAL. Thanks for your patience!
    Hugzzz 😎

  12. I’ve subscribe to November and purchased a rental of one of the shows from October, Crawl. I’m getting an error message when I try to watch the October show. It says Error loading stream or manifest not found. The show from November where you go to Knit City and announce the KAL worked fine. Here’s the order number in case that will help to see what is up. I’ve enjoyed the shows and previews I’ve seen so far and am so glad you switched from Vimeo since that wasn’t going well at all.
    ORDER #: S4U587_1385297209
    *** PAID SUCCESSFULLY ***

  13. Vicki, if you’re subscribed you don’t have to pay for individual episodes. Your subscription gives you access to all content on the page. Try logging in with the username you used when you subscribed and let me know if it works. You can send me an email at mrhugzzz@ittakesballstoknit.com. I’ll refund your rental cost.
    Hugzzz 😎

  14. Everything worked fine. I didn’t realize that getting the November subscription allowed me to watch previous shows. Thanks.

  15. Saw your profile in Vogue Knitting! Have bookmarked your site and will be back.

  16. Mr. Malcom ,I have been trying to find the contest to win the book you mentioned in the video(pilot ) maybe you have an extra copy of “Principles of Knitting by Ms. Jan Hemmons Hiatt. Fred Kornegay ,executive director Me Sudah Ummah Art&Cultural Organization fred.kornegay@yahoo.com. #ittakesballstoknit #trudyannschai

  17. Fred, I’m sorry, I don’t. You should be able to find it pretty much at any bookstore however.
    Hugzzz 😎

  18. Thanks Kaaren!
    Hugzzz 😎

  19. Colleen Belloise-DeGregory

    Hi, I met you yesterday at the Vogue Knitting Expo. I had the large shawl and the purple hat. I would love to see the pics!

  20. I think it’s great that you knit, I’m trying to get my sons, daughters and grandkids to learn, maybe this will give me ammunition to convince them.

    Iris baker @gmail.com

  21. Mannnn! Hilarious, totally enjoyed your bio and your journey. Will be following you and can’t wait to see more from you! Stay warm!

  22. I hope so! Good luck Iris!
    Hugzzz 😎

  23. Hi Steve, not sure if you remember my son Blake Banbury, Vancouver BC ? I live in Ferndale WA and have seen that you often give classes at Apple Yarns in Bellingham, about 15 minutes from me.
    I wanted to come to your last class on cables, but couldn’t make it.
    Hopefully I will get to one of your future classes !
    Adrienne. ?

  24. Hi Mr. H. – I bought the Barrington Braid E-book ages ago – found it extremely helpful.
    In your new pictures of the b.B. I notice what appears to be a sample – top down, ribbed collar leading to what will be raglan sleeves. Can you please tell me – what yarn is that? I am intrigued – my “local” yarn store is 90 km away and I do not drive (too old now) so on-line purchasing is now the thing for me. That yarn (caramel coloured) looks yummy!
    Plse help!!!
    J>L>

  25. J.L> … Can you direct me to the page where you saw the picture? I think it’s a Borocco yarn (Blackstone Tweed), but without seeing the picture I can’t be sure.
    Hugzzz 😎

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