Monthly Archives: January 2016

  • Valentines Knits for Even the Most Bitter

    Valentines Day has never exactly been my favorite holiday. Although I do like the chocolates. Otherwise, meh. Call me bitter. I am. This year is a bit different for some reason. I think it’s Reed. He wanted another party. Apparently he didn’t get his fix back in December for his birthday. I told him if …

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  • Denial in Knitting–Let’s Face It!

    This may be ill-advised, but I have come to the realization that denial is a fairly essential part of life. At least my life. As in: No, my pants are certainly not tighter today that than they were a weak ago. (And no, the cookie I just ate that was as big as my face had nothing …

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  • Knitting Socks With Nine Inch Needles

    A while back when I was hemming and hawing about the merits of double pointed versus magic loop techniques for knitting socks, a reader cleverly pointed out that there is such a thing as 9 in (23 cm) needles for sock knitting. Knit them in the round and no complaining. Theoretically. I ordered a pair promptly …

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  • Best Shoes for Hand Knit Socks

    The good news:  I finished these socks. This means there are now three pairs of hand knit socks roaming around my sock drawer. Bad news: my shoe situation is shameful. It’s been years since I purchased non-sneakers. YEARS. Apparently I am not a footwear addict. I have a strong, loving relationship with my cobbler. But …

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  • Sometimes Blocking is Not a Good Idea

    This may be blasphemous to say, but I feel a strong conviction that there are several occasions blocking your finished knitting is a bad idea. It Fits Perfect The Way It Is Maybe your swatch failed you. Maybe you just didn’t swatch. Or, maybe you didn’t soak your swatch and patiently wait for it to …

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  • Blueberry Waffle Socks No. 2

    Knitting socks is much more fun when their isn’t a looming deadline. Now, you might think it strange that I am finishing Blueberry Waffle Socks No. 2 AFTER pairs No. 3 and No. 4. Yes, I can do sequential math (most of the time). Things just got a wee bit out of order around here. …

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  • I Actually Knit A Latvian Braid Without Screwing Up

    How’s that for giving away the punch line in the title? I figure, might as well cut to the chase. Waterlily finally resurfaced after a long siesta, cast aside for holiday knits and pattern development. I am not sure what inspired me to drag this poor babe out. I was itching to make a random …

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  • Knitting A Perfect Hat for A Perfect Toddler

    I am shamed to say my toddler child had been zipping about in a too-small hat and was in need of a new hat with proper fit to keep his head smuggled and warm during this dreadful winter weather. It seemed simple enough at the time. Day 1: It’s New Year’s Eve. Decide to knit …

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  • How To Attack Your Knitting With Scissors. And Live.

    So. I can’t say that I have ever before likened myself to a brain surgeon. Or a heart surgeon. Or any kind of skilled miracle worker of the life-saving variety. I am just not brain surgeon-smart. Or talented. (Don’t get me wrong, I know I am awesome. I knit, for goodness sake.) But this week. …

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  • New Year’s Resolutions For A Knitter (Anytime. Anywhere.)

    New Years? Already? I am in denial. I already told you what I hope to knit this year, but I didn’t tell you how. I have resolution, knitters. Brace yourselves. Knit the stash. Yawn. Ya. Ya. Every knitter’s worst knitmare (not a typo). True nonetheless. I think I have enough yarn stashed away in the hall closet to …

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