Monthly Archives: April 2015

  • A Giveaway

    Update: Giveaway ends 12:00 midnight Pacific Standard Time on Wednesday, April 29th. I spent the better part of my knitting weekend sewing a fabric lining into a knitted clutch I made from some sentimental but itchy wool I have been hauling around for the past zillion years. I will post no photos of my work. …

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  • Non-Felted Slippers by Yuko Nakamura

    I have been doing some spring yarn cleaning and organization to prepare for my annual birthday yarn purchase. For the most part, my stash is not out of control, largely confined to a single basket. I have heard tale of far worse. In need of a smaller birthday gift for a girlfriend, I was impulsively …

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  • Twist Shawl Now Available in Spanish

    If I ever win the lottery, I think I would travel aimlessly around the world and learn different languages, even if they aren’t “useful.” (Also, I would get a massage every day.) First, of course, I would learn Italian while wandering cobbled streets of some ancient city, taste testing gelato. I would love to give …

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  • The Most Important Hat

    Knitting for toddlers can be tricky business. Last year, I knit my son Reed his second hat (the first was knit before he was born), and it wasn’t too warmly received. He’s sported it a handful of times, most notably on a summer camping trip with super chilly nights. Over all, it seemed like he …

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  • On Knitting from the Middle of Nowhere

    The truth of the matter is that we all knit from somewhere. Our place, wherever it may be, is woven into our stitches, perhaps not always visible with the naked eye, but it’s there all the same. I live in the Middle of Nowhere. Seriously. I love it. Northern California. (And not the Northern California …

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  • Planning My Year of Yarn

    Something magical happens each April. The skies part. The  sun beams through. My little yarn store offers me 30% off an entire  purchase just because it is my birthday this month. Happy birthday to me. 30% is quite a respectable discount as far as I am concerned. Most years I forget and miss the opportunity. Last …

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  • Translating the Twist Shawl

    Good news, ladies. Good news. My favorite Twist Shawl pattern has been successfully translated into German and Dutch. Thus, if you know anyone who does not speak English and instead prefers their knitting patterns in one of those two languages, please spread the word. Loudly. Thanks. I have been wanting to translate some of my patterns …

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  • Knitting a New Cowl

    Realizing I could knit while laying down was a came changer for me. Sadly, it only took me a decade and a half to figure that one out. Now I can lay down on the sofa, put on a show or a movie, and more fully relax at the end of the day. Knitting in …

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