Monthly Archives: December 2016

  • Knitting in the New Year

    A new year means new knitting projects. As it would happen, I just happen to have found myself BETWEEN projects at present. Reed’s sweater is done and I don’t have solid plans for much else. Although I have a pair of vanilla socks on the needles that have been getting loads of action. This must …

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  • And Here We Are

    The final days of the year. 2016. Nearly over. My child. Newly four. My hair. Increasingly grey. I have never been a super crazy holiday person. I recall being irritated by Christmas songs even at a young age. The monotony of Jingle Bells getting on my nerves, practicing such simple lyrics over AND OVER again for …

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  • 2016: The Year That Flew…Patterns in Review!!!

    Knitters! Sometimes I surprise even myself!  I actually managed to complete EIGHT!!! designs in 2016. No wonder I’m so tired. I had so much fun developing these patterns in new and fabulous yarns that I hardly ever (well, sometimes) felt like I was working! I feel like my design quality improved this year, in part because I started …

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  • Ten MORE Knitting Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

    Oh knitters. I hate to say it, but the year is winding down. I am glancing at my calendar (with tremendous angst) and realizing just how close we are to the end of December. Maybe, for you, 2016 was your best year ever. Or maybe it was your worst. Either way, I am guessing knitting …

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  • For My Birthday Boy

    Dear Reed, We’re fresh off your birthday weekend. I have to admit I cried a few tears on the morning of your fourth birthday, so amazed at what a Big Boy you’ve so quickly become and a bit saddened to realize there’s only 14 more of these big birthdays before you embark into the world. …

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  • How to Absolutely Kill It on Pinterest–A Guide for Knitters and Crafters (Part 1)

    A year ago, I had something like 300 followers on Pinterest. Maybe. Today I have about 35,000. No that was not a typo. I didn’t add an extra zero. I have 35,000 followers on Pinterest. Here’s the thing. It was pretty easy and hardly took any time. It’s been essential to growing this fledgling business …

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  • Sheltered Poncho — Off the Needles!

    One of the joys of living in (far) northern California are the occasional warm, winter beach days. Brief windows of heaven between storms. IF we are lucky. I’ve been complaining so much lately about how frigid it has been…and how cold I feel All. The. Time. Then I looked at the thermometer and realized it …

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  • On Why Knitting Makes Me Fat

    Hazards of knitting (besides sitting on a pointy knitting needle and bleeding to death): Decide to knit BIG poncho and buy 10 skeins of Really Expensive Yarn. Surely 1300 yards (1189 meters) oughta do it. Or at least that’s what the pattern says. Buying expensive yarn = stress. Eat chocolate. Knit and knit and knit …

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