Variety is the spice of life. People say that. So, why oh why, on any deity’s green Earth would we (the royal we) want to knit the same project more than once??? Surely, you ask, that’s a rhetorical question, isn’t it? Well, my knitters, sit down, hold my beer martini, and hang on to your… Read More It Bears Repeating
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!