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by erin on 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 to no end (I’m tempted to call it “my precious”) but my phone had a giant hiccup and now all my names are gone and I have to remember everybody’s phone number again.  My son is recuperating from the pinkeye, and now my daughter woke up with it today.  I keep thinking of that saying:  The beatings will continue until morale improves.  Aye, captain.


When it gets super hectic, I find myself reaching for a classic knit.  One that can be set down mid-row, flung in a purse to travel to the doctor’s office or the playground, or knit on when you’re trying to maintain sanity while waiting to present at school (yes, I did knit in the classroom.  Once.  I had laryngitis and it was a sanity-saving measure).


It’s not flashy, or exciting, but it is solid (or variegated…ba dum dum) and will get the job done.  It doesn’t shirk from a mess and you can do anything you want to do to it.  It is not orenberg lace, folks.  It is….the humble dishcloth.



I promise to have more exciting knits to share next time, but right now, this is all my beleaguered self can handle.  What’s your go-to knit when it’s hitting the fan?  Please share–you might save my sanity!


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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Knitting Encouragement

November 11, 2014

There are many many things I really like about knitting.  I dig the yarn, I love the needle choices, the colors, the fibers, the projects, all of that.  But there is one thing about knitting that I love the most:  you can convey so much with it.   A hand knit item shows time and ...

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October 29, 2014

Looks like some Spanish sheep are shivering in their skivvies this week!   Yep.  I bet there’s a bunch of shorn sheep out there in Spain, because all their wool is in Mary’s shops! The alpacas would also like to lodge a complaint.  It’s awkward being an alpaca (have you seen them in action?!) but ...

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Knitting Mysteries and Mismatched Socks On Purpose

October 21, 2014

I am on a garter stitch bender.  I don’t even want to stop.     I love this crazy project.     It feels like I’m knitting some sort of IKEA bookshelf, what with all the turning and picking up stitches, turning corners, and the I-cord borders   It makes no sense looking at it ...

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Sock It To Me

October 14, 2014

There’s a nip in the air (but not today) and a whole bunch of lovely sock yarn (and other yarn) waiting for us at the local yarn store…         Is anybody interested in knitting a pair of socks for the Socktober event at Yarns Etc and Great Yarns?  I’m tempted to have ...

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