Monthly Archives: November 2015

  • Goodbye to the Fall Days

    Reed turns three in a week and a half. It is a very exciting time for him. There is lots of discussion about his party and all that it will mean to be three.  There’s a lot to cover. He was was drifting off to sleep the other night when he asked dreamily, On my birthday, …

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  • Perfect Holiday Mittens Anyone Can Knit

    Okay, be honest with me. Don’t hold back. Are these too pink? I kind of think they are too pink. And I like pink. I mean, I would wear pink all the time, anytime. It’s a good color for me. My best girlfriends? Maybe they don’t feel quite as passionate about pink… I just don’t …

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  • Knitted Socks for a Toddler

    There was something about knitting these toddler socks that made me feel like Super Mom. All my parenting wrongs evaporated with each stitch. That time I snapped at Reed a bit too loudly in the grocery store when he was insisting on grabbing a glass jar of barbeque sauce off the shelf? Didn’t happen. Or …

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  • Handspun Holiday Stockings

    I just can’t stay focused…so easily side tracked onto new projects. Somewhere, buried deep  in the inexplicable recesses of my brain, I thought it would be awesome to knit holiday stockings. Our current stockings are left over from my own childhood, likely purchased at WalMart in the empire’s early days, and lack sentimentality in every possible …

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  • All the Pretty Blues

    My knitting bag may be a giant, disorganized jumble of random needles, loose stitch markers, and bits of torn paper containing invaluable (illegible) pattern development notes, but at least it’s color coordinated. Blue. There’s the multi-toned blue sock that was going to be a holiday gift. Except it came out too small. So now it’s …

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  • There’s Hope For You Yet–Perfect Knitting Patterns for Holiday Gifts

    Dear fellow knitters, If you are anything like me, you are glancing at the calendar and thinking surely that can’t be right. But it is. Just a month of holiday knitting left to go, taking time for shipping into account. My holiday knitting so far has been a bust. I have one managed to finish …

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  • Just When Everything Was Going So Well

    Granted I was feeling on top of my game. Superwoman, in fact. I’d just spent the day putting up a couple dozen jars of Kalamata and Sicilian olives that I spent two days painstakingly harvesting from our very own olive trees. Relishing Zone 8 gardening and thinking “take that suckers” to everyone suffering through gardening …

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  • Here a Sock, There a Sock

    I honestly don’t know how I got hooked on sock knitting. I never thought it would happen. It leaves me worried that there are other addictions in life to which I never thought myself susceptible…but now, I just don’t know. What if I also end up addicted to exercise? All the sweat? Mercy! Or drugs? …

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  • Five Free Holiday Knitting Patterns Just For You

    Okay knitters. This is your reality check. It’s November. Early November, so the panic level should be at yellow (light yellow). But it’s time–time to start knitting for the holidays. Start your needles. You are probably scoffing at me and rolling your eyes because you are more organized than I am and started your holiday …

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  • Finishing and Plotting

    I am sure you already know this…but…it’s November. You know what this means? It’s panic time. Holiday knits?!? Uncork wine. Deep breaths. Or, chamomile tea (with extra honey). Xanax? Yes, please. Consider just making cards this year. (Too tacky to simply send post-it notes? Emails? Text messages?) No hand knits. Every knitter needs a year off sometime. …

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