Monthly Archives: February 2016

  • When Blocking IS a Good Idea

    Call me a hypocrite. I know. I can’t even follow my own advice on the matter. I didn’t want to block this cowl because I feared the honeycomb stitch would wither flatly away. Before blocking, it was so plump and dimensional. And I loved that. I developed this cowl in a big, fat loop because I wanted to avoid …

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  • Knitters and Baby Hats

    Our town librarian is about to have a baby. In a small, rural town like ours, I would wager the librarian is the single, most significant person. She keeps us connected to the bigger universe, opens our children’s eyes to reading, and never complains when Reed pulls out ten books from the shelves before returning …

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  • Saving the Tricky Bits for Last

    Beginning a top at the bottom and working your way up to the neckline can be risky business, especially if you are like me and decide to knit bottom-up patterns (like Dolores and Waterlily) that start out all stockinette and roses before turning into some complicated swamp of lace at the top. Knitting round after round …

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  • Love Your Toddler with Socks

    Somewhere between wearing these simple ribbed socks for the first time to take these photos and washing these (so beautiful!) new socks for the first time, one of Reed’s toddler socks made its way into the dryer. (I think the zipper on the laundry bag wasn’t quite shut.) Now I have one toddler sock and …

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  • Knit Early and Often

    Things that make me grouchy: Not being able to knit every day. Not being able to walk or exercise every non-working day.  (I just spontaneously bought this GoKnit pouch to finally try walking and knitting socks. I believe this might fall under the category of two birds with one stone. Or, a future broken ankle. Remains …

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  • Valentines Mitts…For Me!

    Happy Valentines Day to me! Happy Valentines Day to me (and you)! Happy Valentines Day dear knitters evvverrrrrryyyywhhhherrrreee! Happy Valentines Day to me (and you!) I don’t know how I get side tracked on these tangent knitting projects, but I do. Somehow instead of working on all my other “important” projects, I decided to knit …

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  • Knit Your Way Around the World

    It looks like a bomb went off, but we are home, complete with dirty laundry exploding from every which way, suitcases tossed aside precisely where they don’t belong, and and a fridge that offers only mustard, almond butter, and stale sour cream. The return landing may not be pretty, but it was worth the pain.In cased …

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  • Knit Dispatch From the Road

    It has been a beautiful, busy weekend, with much more to come. We’ve left the drippy weather up north and headed south in search of sun, arriving in lovely Monterey, California. There has been a bit of car knitting, a bit of knitting by the dim lit morning light of the hotel window while the …

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  • Man Socks

    This post constitutes (most) everything I have learned (so far) about knitting socks for men. It all comes down to this, which I realize is overstating the obvious: men have bigger feet than women. Be warned. The Cast On Knowing 52 stitches were just about perfect for Lady Socks, decide it is safe to assume …

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