Vestige (plus giveaway)

So I do this thing where I find a yarn base I really like, buy a bunch of it in different colors for various projects, and then end up with lots of little bits and pieces left over.  It's happened with Madeline Tosh, and it's happened with Quince & Company, and it's happened with Malabrigo.  Vestige is the perfect set to make use of some of those leftover bits! I had a whole skein of the purple floating around (the color is called Sabiduria), and some bits and pieces of pink (Archangel), and decided they should hang out together and [...]

September 5, 2017|

Nearly there

Little mitts on thicker yarn have some distinct advantages.  They're cozy as can be, and done in a flash.  I'm pretty sure this took about five minutes. And this five more. And this five more. And now of course it will take me about six weeks to finish the thumb and get around to weaving in the ends...  But that's a whole separate issue and best not thought about now! I've totally loved making these, but man is it time to get something in my more customary colors on the needles.  All this brightness is starting to get to me.  [...]

September 30, 2016|

One Down

Love it! I haven't woven in all the ends yet (so. many. ends.).  But I've got enough in to know it fits and is comfy.  I was worried the rolled edge would feel bulky, but it really doesn't.  I used needles one size bigger for the rolled bits, which seems counter intuitive, but totally works.  It makes the fabric a bit softer/floppier in those spots, so it doesn't bind up or feel like it's in the way. Totally worth filing away when you want the look of a rolled edge but want the fabric to stay well behaved!

September 28, 2016|


There are ways to keep the edges of your knitting from rolling, but sometimes you just need to relax and go with it.  And this is totally one of those times. I like how the rolled edge looks here.  It plays nicely with the texture in the bands, and it shows off the colors in the yarn beautifully. I'm going to have to wear it a bit to make sure it doesn't feel awkward on my thumb, but I suspect it will be just fine. What do you guys think?  Do you like rolled edges?  Or do they bug you?

September 26, 2016|

Smitten it is supposed to be a baby hat (that's a lie, it's sized to be a toddler/child hat, because I don't like anyone enough to knit something they'll grow out of in five minutes).  But if it were a few inches bigger around and an inch or two taller?  I'd totally rock that hat myself! And, as always, blocking takes what was generally adorable and makes it all tidy and orderly and just extra nifty in all ways. Those of you not blocking your hats are missing out on a treat, they really do deserve it! And me?  Well [...]

September 22, 2016|

Instant gratification

Knitting is not generally an instant gratification sort of pursuit.  I mean sure, there's the thrill of casting on and the satisfaction of finishing a row or a pattern repeat.  But to actually have a finished object, you're generally going to have to put in the time. But every now and then, the right combination of mindless knitting (this about 80% stockinette) and project scope (it's also intended for a child sized person) gets you there awfully quick. Throw in the marvelously entertaining colors (Malabrigo's archangel is more or less the only pink yarn I consistently like) and a lazy [...]

September 18, 2016|

Easily distracted

So apparently I can't take direction well (no one is at all surprised).  Instead of doing mitts as several of you suggested, I somehow accidentally tripped and fell and cast on a hat. Now the good news is it's a small hat (it's for one of the world's newer people, and new people often have smallish heads).  And there will will be yarn left over that I suspect will turn into cuffs (for me, babies don't really need fingerless mitts I don't think) or something else depending on what catches my fancy.  I've got two skeins of each color, so [...]

September 16, 2016|

Still Fun

The happy yarn barrage (goodies for next year's book) continues unabated.  Today's lovelies are from Malabrigo. We've got some Arroyo in Reflecting Pool. And some Twist in Sealing Wax. And yes, for those playing along at home, that is rather thick, and it might not be what you'd expect for socks...that's because it's turning into slippers.  Oh and wow are they going to be nice!

June 15, 2016|


So last time I showed off (just a bit) of the pretty from the trip to Maine.  But I know you guys are here more for yarn than for general travel festivities.  And don't worry, there was yarn.  No really I checked.  There was. First up, a bit of Malabrigo.  And no, it's not local to Maine, but I strongly prefer to buy Malabrigo in person, and these four were too lovely to pass up! And when in Maine, you're pretty much contractually obligated to get a bit of Seven Sisters Arts. That contract?  It totally covers String Theory too. [...]

June 13, 2016|
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