• Knitopia

    Often during the bleakest of winter months, I find myself drafting the unofficial constitution to Knitopia— my imaginary tropical island paradise where knitters flock to stitch a more civil society. With better weather. Our woolen flag blows gently in the wind, anchored by a coconut palm, leaning perfectly toward the crystalline sea, fronds flapping in …

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  • Ten Reasons Why Counting Stitches Should be a Solitary Exercise

    Follow my blog with Bloglovin After having Hannah Fettig’s Lesley pullover on bucket list for EONS, cast on. Joy! Make pledge to self: will only work on leisure knitting (this project) one night per week. For night-off knitting only! Start with neck ribbing. All is going well. Complete short rows. Check. Start on increases for …

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  • Dispatch: Panama

    Of all the joys that come with vacationing somewhere warm in the dead of winter, my favorite was spending so many consecutive days uninterrupted with Reed. No work for mom. No school for him. No just as soon as I finish the dishes. Or, yep, after as I switch the laundry…let me feed the chickens first…heavens, …

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  • Dispatch: Daien @ Beloved Yarn

    Given I am currently preoccupied with my own little vacation in paradise, and FURTHER GIVEN this is the Year of the Indie Dyer, I have brought you a guest post from a knitter, dyer, and fiber artist after my own heart. Daien dyes her Beloved Yarn in –wait for it– Hawaii! She already knows I …

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  • Getting Ready to Launch

    The year has been off to a crazier-than-normal start–a flurry of work, remodeling and painting up to my eyeballs, and, now, packing. It’s kind of like I am picking up in the middle of a hurricane, leaving the mess in situ, preserving my disastrous life like a time capsule of chaos. At least until I get home …

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  • Knitting on a Plane

    If I had my druthers between being a Traveler and being a non-Traveler, I’d choose traveler. I like going places, even if I have been there before but especially if I’m going someplace new. I don’t always get to travel. It’s a pricey affair these days and time is scarce. Someday. I spent quite a …

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  • We Conquered

    Home. Unpacked. Laundry’s done. Dishwasher is running. We’re officially settled in and ready for a fresh start this week with work and preschool. We conquered San Diego. In the uplifting, non-Missionary sense of the geo-political spectrum. There was the zoo. Sea World. Hanging with friends in the yacht basin, feeling all at once casually cool …

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  • How Much Yarn to Pack for Six Days?

    I’m at the frantic stage of getting ready for a trip* where I realize I will only get to half of the items on my to-do list before we leave. Note the half I will likely not be able to cross off is associated with various elements of house work. The way I see it, …

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  • Home

    Pre-S: There’s a new weekly chat up in This Knitted Life’s Ravelry Group. Check it out. I’ll be quick because we’ve only just returned home, and I am knee deep in The Aftermath of the big trip. I will say this: there was fishing and hiking and camp-cooked meals. There was even sliding on the …

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  • Knitting in Southeast Asia

    No, I am not in Southeast Asia. I wish I was in Southeast Asia. Instead, I am in Lassen National Park, likely being attacked by mosquitoes. It’s probably great there too, although less exotic for my tastes. I would venture to guess the food in Southeast Asia is better than whatever I decide to whip …

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