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I've been busily working along on Curls 3.  I've got a giant bucket full of finished pieces just waiting to be blocked and photographed (once the snow is melted and the leg gets a tiny bit better...taking photos is surprisingly physical, and doing it on a slightly wobbly leg is harder than I would have expected).  And once they're done, it's off for edits and then to the printer. But before that happens, I can totally show them off a bit, even in their unblocked state. That's made with Miss Babs Sojurn in their German Waterways color.  And it is [...]

March 9, 2018|

Vagaries (plus giveaway)

From time to time I have one of those days where I very much want to knit...maybe even need to knit...but I absolutely do not have the extra brain cycles to knit anything more complicated than plain stockinette in the round.  On those days, a pattern like Vagaries can be just the thing. The vast majority of this really is just stockinette in the round.  But somehow those adorable little welts and the contrast color stripes provide just enough distraction to keep it interesting.  I'm pretty sure the secret is picking a yarn you really like (this is Kunlun by [...]

October 24, 2017|

Might as well…

So that pretty gray and green hat?  The one with the welts? It's coming out later this month.  And I needed to take some instructional photos for how you make that little ridge.  And I was going to just do it on a swatch...but it seemed more fun to do it on a tiny cuff instead. Because really...that you can use.  The swatch, not so much. Plus the yarn (kunlun by Miss Babs) is so soft it's pretty much a crime.  And this way I'd be able to use it all up instead of having the dreaded mini ball left [...]

October 11, 2017|

Oh hey knitting…

So preorder week doesn't usually lend itself to much in the way of knitting.  There are questions to be answered and envelopes to be stuffed and all manner of fiddly bits to attend to.  But now that things have more or less quieted down (a little...we are still in the middle of moving after all!), I've actually had a moment to knit. Nothing too tricky mind you, I seem to need my knitting to be mellow if my life is going to be overly exciting.  But this is rather lovely!  In a bit here, it should be a hat...a nice [...]

August 30, 2017|

All this stockinette

I know.  I'm as surprised as you are.  Normally getting me to knit stockinette is like getting me to deep clean the basement (only under duress, and only if I have something else I'm trying really hard to put off).  But lately?  Lately I'm starting to see the appeal. I think it's because things are a tiny bit frantic around here (book next week, move next month...more details about both coming shortly), and stockinette is awfully soothing. And well, well I can use soothing right now! This totally fits the bill, and the little welts and stripes are just enough [...]

August 14, 2017|

I got distracted

I had the best of intentions.  I really did.  The green hat was on the needles and chugging along just fine.  But then I had a different idea. And then there was this. And this. Oh and this. And now we're over here. These things happen...it's unavoidable.  And I promise there's a plan and this will be quite nifty in a few minutes!

August 11, 2017|


I have set the facecloth aside.  It's not that I don't like it...it's that if I had to knit one more inch of flat, beige, garter stitch I'd do something injudicious.  I needed some color, and some wool, and something a bit more engaging. So there was some swatching. And then casting on (I swear that looks like nothing so much as a caterpillar...back me up on this). And now there are the beginnings of a hat.  Which has the advantages of being not flat, not beige, and not in garter stitch.  It's also in a lovely lovely yarn (Kunlun [...]

August 4, 2017|

More Swatches

No really...swatches are all I'm knitting these days. I've probably explained this before, but for me a book usually goes 1) have an idea, 2) source yarn, 3) swatch and write patterns, 4) send yarn and patterns off to magical stunt knitters to turn into projects, 5) get the patterns into proper book format and have them edited, 6) get projects back and take photos, 7) more editing, 8) printing.  Now there's more to it than that (I left out the traditional 'all my ideas are crap' crisis that invariably happens somewhere in the middle), and there's some overlap (for [...]

June 23, 2017|

Revivify (plus giveaway)

So I know your life is perfectly in order. You never need a plumber, or an electrician, or whoever it is you call to do something about that funny spot on the garage roof.  And I bet you have healthy dinners every night and your laundry is all put away and your yard looks just great right now.  But I? I sometimes have weeks where life gets the better of me...and when I have one of those weeks, I need my knitting to be simple.  That usually means I find myself knitting little flared cuffs.  They're quick, they're easy, I [...]

May 30, 2017|
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