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Summer Is Coming

by erin on May 27, 2015

Anyone ever watch Game of Thrones?  Who am I kidding?!  I know there’s a bunch of people out there who know all about the different houses in that show, and their mottos.  Especially the Stark motto:  Winter Is Coming.  I can sympathize.  Except instead of fearing the snows that are deep enough to bury houses and freeze the tears on peasants’ cheeks (gasp), I am staring into the gaping maw of SUMMER.  






With children home all day, every day, uncaring of Mom who is still taking her first summer class ever (I am SO not amused), needing to eat every four seconds like hummingbirds on steroids, and they-will-be-here-all-day-and-what-the-heck-are-we-g0nna-do-all-day?!?!?  Let alone getting that thing I vaguely recall as exercise, peace, and uninterrupted time in the bathroom.  Let alone all the knitting my hands and brain want to do.  I want to knit so much stuff right now.  RIGHT NOW.


My daughter has already wrapped up her first year of preschool, but my son won’t be done until June 12.  I plan to have a few nervous breakdowns between now and then.  I’m writing lists of things to do to combat the dreaded B word (Moooo-ooooom, I’m bored).


In the meantime, there is knitting.



Behold my gorgeous Quicksilver, still chugging along.  Also behold my new (to me) coffee table, and the rug underneath!  All I want to say is that college students around here get rid of the most amazing stuff, and I am happy to haul that stuff home.  Yes, I dumpster dive.  Well, not in the dumpster.  I have standards.  Next to the dumpster, yes.  In it, no.  Rainy day, depends on how rainy and what it is.  Just telling the truth, yo.  Doesn’t my shawl look smashing on it?  It may be the only surface in my home that isn’t covered in stuff….yet.  Who am I kidding?  Do you see the stuff starting to accumulate?  It’s already a lost cause.


Here is another project I started:



This is the Ten Stitch Blanket by Frankie Brown.  I have been feeling the pull of this blanket for years, but never seem to have the right yarn for it.  This time I just went for it and decided to make it out of my sizable stash of Plymouth Encore Worsted.  While it is knit in many projects like a squared off spiral, this time I decided to shake it up and make it in concentric squares.  We shall see how it turns out.


I’m also trying to figure out what I can make with this yarn that my daughter gave me doe-eyes over.  She wants a sweater out of this eye blasting combination.  What do you think?



Stripes?  Pink sleeves and collar and orange body?  This project is in the percolating stage, where I do nothing except have it on background compute until something jumps out and hits me.


Also on background compute is this shawl, also by Melanie Berg.  Dark Champagne.  Doesn’t sound like something I want to drink, but I am tempted to tear up my stash and find some sport weight yarn to knit it up with.  What do you think?


Anyone else preparing for the imminent car crash of children plus summer?  How are you coping?




Reunited With a Former Flame

May 21, 2015

It has been so lovely to pick up a project that’s been on pause for a few weeks.  I almost forgot the name of what I was working on!  This is Quicksilver, a design by Melanie Berg.  I am loving how the tonal warmth of Smooshy’s cayenne color is tempered by the deep blue of ...

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A Special Post From Mary

May 7, 2015

Sheep,sheep,sheep and more sheep! According to the Chinese calendar 2015 is the year of the Sheep!!!! And we are celebrating everything sheepy  in several ways. There is a long shelf over the check out counter at Yarns etc in Chapel Hill that has dozens of sheep in all shapes and sizes displayed on it. Since ...

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April 28, 2015

Um.  The semester is almost over.  I have a speech to give on Saturday, and a presentation due the Wednesday after that.  Also two exams.  I’m not even going to school full time.  My son’s birthday is coming up, and I’m trying to see if I can figure out how to make his cake look ...

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April 21, 2015

Things are continuing along at a breakneck pace around here.  My first semester back at school is roaring to the finish, and I think I blocked out forgot how teachers like to throw really big projects at everybody right at the end, and then have the finals.  I got a new computer, which delights me ...

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Yarn and yarn and flowers and yarn

April 15, 2015

Things are crazy here at home…between laryngitis last week (for me) and my son waking up with pinkeye in both eyes today, nothing is going according to plan.  Not a darn thing.   There is nothing more therapeutic on a rainy day with two children who have fistfights in the checkout line at the grocery ...

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Some Good News

March 31, 2015

Glorious day out today, isn’t it?  At least where I am.  Sunny, slight breeze, and not a cloud in the sky.  It’s a great day for good news.   Good News Item #1:  Mary was declared a hometown hero last week!  Huzzah!  You can listen to it right here!  So proud of our Mary!   ...

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Green for Spring, Blue for Summer

March 24, 2015

Progress continues apace on my Quicksilver.  This is one fun knit.  I am just gaga for fingering weight yarn in gorgeous colors done up in garter stitch.  And then there’s this pop of fiery orange tonal lace that just makes lose my ever-loving knitting mind.     This is true love.  I cannot wait to ...

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Reward Knitting

March 19, 2015

Have you ever put off casting on for something you really wanted to knit, or using a yarn you really wanted to knit with, until something was completed first?  Not necessarily completing another knitting project, although I’ve done that before, but until you’ve done something like take out the garbage, or re-grouted the shower, or ...

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Knitting Helps With Everything

March 10, 2015

So there is a really cool project going on that I have to tell you about: NC CLAWS inc is a local wildlife rescue organization that I have seen in action and really respect. They are prepping for Spring baby season and have put out a request for items to help. They also are asking ...

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Smug Satisfaction

February 24, 2015

See???   All the stash accumulation, all the poring over websites for patterns, running to the LYS when there’s a sale or a new shipment arrived, the fifty different colors of blue (or is that green) worsted weight wool…and yes, every single one of them is. a. different. shade.  The 4000 needles (a lot of ...

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An Ode To Socks

February 17, 2015

Here is a pair of socks, bit by bit.  Jitterbug Sock Yarn in Adonis.  Seems like good weather for some hand knit socks, am I right?     ..       Everybody has to do something to make the long tube-y bits of sock knitting fun and exciting…..stop staring at me like that!  I ...

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I Can Resist Anything Except Temptation

February 10, 2015

Really delightful yarn has come in again (YET AGAIN!) at Yarns Etc and Great Yarns this past week.  Shall I tempt you?  I believe y’all look like you could do with a little tempting.   Did someone say….Shalimar?   Shalimar Breathless.  420  yards of merino, cashmere, and silk, and the drool of whatever knitter was ...

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The Cat Takes A Better Picture Than I Do

January 27, 2015

Today I attempted to take a bunch of pictures of my beloved, most favoritest infinity scarf that I recently cast on for a few weeks ago. I’ve worn it out, and I like it quite a bit.  Taking pictures of myself in it, however, is another matter.   Here is the infinity scarf I have ...

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The Cuteness!

January 21, 2015

I was all set to post about something else this week, but then the sweetest, most cutest, most adorable thing just came in to the shop.   Everybody, stop everything you’re doing.  Put your needles down.  You need to see this.  Hey-you!  In the back!  I’m talking to you!!   Behold, the cuteness:     ...

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One Thing Finished, One Thing Started

January 13, 2015

My daughter requested a new hat.  She picked the yarn and color herself.  I wasn’t surprised by her yarn choice, but I wasn’t expecting the color.     This is a very simple hat knit up in Misti Alpaca Chunky in a pinkish chocolate shade.  Chocolate flamingo, Cafe Pepto, no idea what to call it, ...

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Sometimes you just have to go nuts and knit an infinity scarf

January 6, 2015

In case you haven’t noticed (or haven’t been by here before…ever), I have a rather short attention span for knits I love.   I know.  You’re all like, “Duuuuh, REALLY!?!?”   I have an even shorter attention span for knitterly obligation.  Feeling like I have to knit this thing up for so-and-so, or for this particular event, ...

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December 23, 2014

The knitting has been fierce over here.  The holiday homestretch looms before me, and, finished or not, the race is over.     I successfully combined fitness and knitting this week.  It threw off my speed, but nonetheless, I was brimming with virtue at exercising AND knitting without breaking the treadmill.   I finished the ...

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Socks, A Sock, And Something Else (finally)

December 16, 2014

Whoa Nelly!  I have never been so glad to get some socks off some needles!   I made this pattern up on the fly, and grabbed tiny needles (US 2s, I think) and this Cascade Heritage Paints sock yarn, which is pretty and very cranberry red.  One sock had a set pattern of twisted stitches ...

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Ear Worm

December 2, 2014

Dashing through the (yarn) store….     ..     ..     Seeing gorgeous yarns to knit…. ..     ..       Project bags to die for…. ..     Presents I just must get!   ..   ..   It’s time to knit, time to craft, time to cro-o-chet!   It’s ...

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I was going to make brownies instead….

November 25, 2014

This year for the holidays, I was going to take it easy.  I was finishing up the stack of hats….     and I was going to knit socks for my sister who lives in Illinois, because she totally loves my hand knits.  These guys….     are taking so freaking long to knit that ...

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