Polite Society

The wee swirly bit of business from a few days ago? Yeah, it was lovely to see everyone speculating on it, but now I fear I may disappoint you when you learn what it really is. I am knitting myself a pile of absolutely magnificent washcloths. And I'll be honest, my first inclination was to say absolutely nothing about the project. It somehow feels too...personal? private? intimate? to discuss online. I'm not quite sure actually, but it feels like the sort of thing that a respectable person should keep behind closed doors and not even hint at in polite society. [...]

September 25, 2023|

The indecisive

See, the problem is that brioche just always looks spiffy on both sides. It makes things hard for the indecisive among us (me, I am the indecisive among us and am completely unable to pick a favorite side). There's also that thing where you can make tiny changes and it'll look wildly different, and that other thing where brioche feels super fast when it's on the needles, and that other other thing where these are tiny. All of which means I might be about to knit, um, several. We'll go with several. Several vague enough to remain accurate, no matter [...]

September 6, 2023|


Aaaaand here's the rest of it.  As always, I like to clip it up and try it on to check the height. I feel like brioche grows just a tiny bit more than most knit fabrics, so I'll err on the side of ever so slightly shorter if I have to, but I also like my hats awfully tall, so not too short (yeah, I know, not super helpful, sorry about that, I think you just really have to try it on and see what you like best). And the decreases are, of course, adorable. As is the finished hat! [...]

August 5, 2019|


I was overcome earlier this week.  Some yarn winked at me.  I found myself unable to resist.  And before I knew it, there was a whole new hat in the world. This might well be my personal record holder for speed knitting. I cast on Monday night and cast off Tuesday night.  It was less than 24 hours from cast on to bind off (I mean, it took it a bit longer than that to dry after I blocked it...but I'm totally saying drying time doesn't count).  This is what happens when you're home alone, have a shiny new audio [...]

August 3, 2019|

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming

There's supposed to be an order. I knit stuff. I take pictures. I tell you about it. I get the pattern ready. I get fancy pictures of the finished thing. I bring the pattern out. That's supposed to be the order.⁠ ⁠ And, because I do an AWFUL lot of patterns (no really...an awful lot...something like two a month most months, plus books...I'm pretty sure it averages out to more than two dozen a year for ten years running now), I have to carefully schedule all that out far enough ahead of time that getting a cold doesn't throw off [...]

July 20, 2019|

Held Double

Flexes fingers...stretches arms...ok, this is all stuff I've said before, so totally feel free to skip right over this if you've been here a while.  But just in case you're new, here's the spiel on the cast on. Yup, I totally cast on over two needles held together. Before anyone screams or cries into their tea or sends me worried messages...don't panic, I know that doesn't make the cast on any looser or stretchier.  To make the cast on looser, you need more space *between* one stitch and its neighbor. But casting on this way does make each individual stitch a tiny bit [...]

June 20, 2019|

That’s going to work out nicely…

Pretty sure we need more brioche.  And I'm pretty sure this is going to be the way to do it. That orange is some seriously deep stash.  The company is, alas, apparently out of business...and normally that means I would not use the yarn, but it's a common enough base that it won't be hard to find an equivalent yarn.  And my goodness but it's too pretty not to use. All my suspicions are confirmed by the swatch (insert 'yay swatch, swatch is important, swatch is useful' peptalk right about here).  That is, indeed, going to be smashing. Yarns are Punta [...]

June 17, 2019|
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