Last year I finished 28 projects: 9 sweaters (7 from start to finish), 6 cowls, 5 hats, 3 pairs of socks, 2 shawls, 1 baby blanket, 1 toy, and 1 pair of mitts. Now it begs to be asked: what can get done in 2021? Is 21 projects a reasonable goal? The number is right… Read More 21 FOR 21?
This whackadoodle year is almost done. It was a weird one – of this there is no doubt. There is also no doubt that knitting saved my sanity this year. A few times. Out of the madness came many a satisfying finished object (and many more WIPS, natch). Shall we stroll though the gallery of… Read More Knitcomplishments 2020
I love my Christmas stocking. I love it hard. So really, very hard that I have rules about my Christmas stocking management. Rule #1: There must be many many items in my stocking – at least 6 or 7 in my small stocking, leftovers in my (much larger) backup stocking. Rule #2: Each and every… Read More Stuff This, Santa
I love knitting sweaters. I knit often and I knit fairly fast. Ergo, i should knit a lot of sweaters. Um, nope. Sadly, this has historically not been the case. I am a master at planning, swatching, and starting sweaters, but I am also easily distracted and fickle. Once a sweater is fully underway, my… Read More In Praise of WIP Monogamy
Why? Why can’t I knit in season? I cast on a cotton tee shirt in August. I whipped up a rustic, bulky cardigan in January (where I live, it’s already too warm for rusticbulky things by mid-February). I absorbed myself in designing a super bulky scarf after the local cherry blossoms made their annual appearance.… Read More Knitting White After Labour Day
Earlier this month, I went on an A-MAZING knitting adventure in northern British Columbia. 40 knitters took over an entire passenger car of a Via Rail train. We spent six delightful hours knitting, socializing, cocktailing (dang right, cocktail is a verb), gasping at the glorious scenery, and generally swooning in our knittery-immersive environment. I know…looks… Read More Fading on a Train
Since 2019 began, I’ve been a bit of a whirling dervish in the new projects department, and considering my low tolerance for disorganization, serious action was required. A week or so ago, I lost my senses and agreed to do a test knit for Tin Can Knits. As usual, the deadline is tight and I’m… Read More Project Management
I think we can all agree that Ravelry is a handy-dandy tool for managing our knitterly holdings (yarn) and desires (queue and favorites). So handy, in fact, that I can tell you with absolute accuracy that I have 127 musthaveknitwantnow projects in my queue and 175 yarnalicious entries in my stash. Surely I need not… Read More Mr. Q meets Ms. Stash
Oh, wow. I had a life-changing email exchange with knitting guru Sally Melville yesterday – (Hiya, Sally!) You can read our exchange on her blog here: sallyknits – jumping the fence The short version is that I wrote her to ask a question about a knitting design drafting issue that I haven’t been able to… Read More Sally Melville Winds Me Up!