Author Archives: Andrea @ This Knitted Life

  • Life Dispatch, Vol 2.

    December! How are we here already? December is such a big month for us. Reed turns five in a week! The holidays! It’s all here. I’m almost done with Reed’s little sweater. I just need part of a sleeve and a hood. And buttons. The buttons will probably result in a one year delay. I …

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  • Reed’s New Scarf

    This kid. I love him. He makes my heart explode. He asked for a scarf that he’ll probably never wear (because, honestly, the first one didn’t exactly get a ton of use), but I don’t care. I knit it anyway. I spent a ridiculous number of nights on the sofa, watching YouTube videos to teach …

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  • Gifts for Knitters, Vol. 1

    HAPPY AMERICAN TURKEY DAY. Gobble gobble. It’s that time of year! You know, the time of year when all you do is swipe your credit card. Swipe. Swipe. Swipe. Over and over. I’ve done you all a favor and curated a lovely list of gifts for the knitters in your life. Now you can do …

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  • Big Hat Updates

    Sometimes it takes me a while to check things off my piles of to-do lists, but I do get to them eventually. I will cut to the chase. When I first published the designs for my two favorite hats, Samoa and the Best Hat Ever, two years ago, I referred to the braids as “horizontal …

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  • Five More Free Sock Patterns to Distract You From What You Really Should be Doing

    …To be added onto the last eight free sock patterns I dug up last time… You may find this list of free sock knitting patterns interesting if: You have realized you will never get your holiday gift knitting done in time (perhaps by 2027?), so you might as well throw in the towel now. You …

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  • Knitting with Cocktails, Vol. 4: the Pomegranate Lemon Drop

    It was so blustery and warm this morning as the front edge of the storm front blew in off the Pacific, hitting our yard first, so near the coastline. I was whooshing out the door in my usual morning frantic rush-rush-rush, arms overloaded with my purse, lunches, Reed’s backpack and school art projects, among other …

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  • My Story, Part 2

    Sometime last year, I published My Story and shared a little bit about how I landed here in This Knitted Life. Welcome to My Story, Part 2, where I tell you a little bit about ME and who I am as a person (who happens to knit a lot). Through our lives, we are shaped …

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  • So Cute Your Heart Just Might Crack: Celia’s Poncho

    And it’s not even my own kid. Usually when I think a kid is so cute my heart could burst, it’s because it’s Reed. I do have a few exceptions, however. Like Celia. This young lady is going places. At the ripe old age of six. Celia needed a new poncho. Auntie to the rescue. …

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  • You Have Been Forewarned: 7 Important Knitting Lessons I Just Ignored 

    Don’t tell me later that you didn’t have fair warning that I would be complaining about this lace pullover for the next decade. Because that’s exactly how long it will probably take me to knit the darn thing–A DECADE. In fact, let’s just take bets now. Leave a comment with the month and year you …

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  • Dimensional Tuck Knitting

    Okay knitters, this one’s a game changer. I promise. And I don’t make promises lightly. If there was an Oscar-equivalent award for knitting and fiber arts, Tracy Purtscher should win it this year. Hands down. Her new book, Dimensional Tuck Knitting, is nothing short of brilliant. (And, no, I am not getting paid to write this.) This …

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