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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 right now, just like when you’re on page 27 of the instruction manual for your new bookshelf.  You just keep plowing on, looking at the illustrations in the pattern/manual, and hang on tight to your Allen wrench.  One guesser (one!) ventured that it was a vest on last week’s post.  You’re in the ballpark, but keep guessing!

 

On my other project, I’m charmed with knitting mismatched socks, on purpose.

 

 

It might be difficult to see in the bright sunshine, but I’m cabling at random intervals all over this thing.  It is so freeing, and I posit that THIS is the way to overcome Second Sock Syndrome.  It’s that first-sock feeling all over again.  I’m calling these guys Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  Having fun with them.  What do you think?  I’ll model them in better light to show them off when I have more knitted up on the second sock.

 

Notice the awesome Mimi project back in the background?  Our very own Jane makes these smart, gorgeous, and well constructed knitting bags, available for purchase at Yarns Etc.

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Sock It To Me

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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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Socktober!

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There is a cool new event all month long at our favorite local yarn stores!  Check it out:     (crash, bang, BOOM).   Darn it.  Stupid thing won’t work, so here’s the skinny on Socktober:   Celebrate at Yarns Etc and Great Yarns! with Beautiful Sock Yarns Classes Tricks and Techniques Sock fun for ...

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Weird Knitting Mojo Returns

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Baby blanket completed, my knitterly duty attended to, I had the pleasure of making a yarn selection and casting on for a new project.  I love fingering weight yarn.  I don’t know what it is, and I certainly wouldn’t want to make a whole sweater out of it, but making a shawl or a cowl ...

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Down The Rabbit Hole

September 16, 2014

I have said in the past that the Knitting Muse can be rather tricksy.  I thought I’d seen most of the stuff she can toss out.  Missed gauge, ill-fitting knits, sheer ugliness of finished projects, the works.  This latest curve ball is unlike anything I have had experience with before.   I was set to ...

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Decisions, Decisions

September 2, 2014

Hi guys.  Still knitting over here, although my pace is slower than I’d like.  Life keeps popping up all over the place, cutting in on my knitting time (again), so I feel like I knitted only 7 rows on my sock last week….and that would be because I only knitted 7 rows on my sock ...

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Not So Good At Selfies

August 26, 2014

Hey everybody.  I’m still here.  I survived summer 2014!  How about you?  School started yesterday and so far (knock on wood) it’s been a good re-entry for half of the chaos squad that resides here.  The other half of the chaos squad will be going to pre-school (holla!) starting next week.  I cannot fathom WHAT ...

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MadTosh Hatter

August 19, 2014

So, to all my craftsy peeps, I have great news:   There appears to be many, many lovely, luscious skeins of Madeline Tosh over at Yarns Etc and it will be showing up shortly at Great Yarns as well. Delectable, delightful new shades, just in time for the promise of fall, pumpkin spice everything, cowls, ...

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Shangri-La

August 6, 2014

Things are tripping along nicely over here in my harem of hand knits.  Totally loving that phrase still.  Come on a little woolly tour of my trio of gorgeous knits:   Over here you can see I have made appreciable progress on my V-neck sweater.  I have finished all the the major knitting and now ...

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In Defense of Knitting Polygamy

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News of the Knitting World, US Edition

July 22, 2014

Thank you for tuning in today, folks.  It’s a bit of a mash-up between News of the Weird, NPR, CNN, and Reefer Madness.   Let me explain.   Wait, there is too much.  Le’me sum up. (Can anyone name that quote?)   Someone took a beautiful, knitterly stand in Vermont just prior to Independence Day when five ...

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Coffee and New Yarn Don’t Mix

July 8, 2014

  New stuff is rolling in off of the yarn truck.  Lovely stuff to knit up in time for fall and winter–take a peek:     This is Plymouth Essex, a super bulky 100% wool clocking in at a solid 98 yards a skein.  I’m particularly fond of the pinkish-red and sky blue-green colorways.  I ...

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Quickly!!

July 2, 2014

I’m slammed.  I’m typing this quickly, hiding in my room, trying to avoid the notice of the two wild animals that my children morphed into this summer.  They are now 3 and 7, and all I can say is this summer is turning out faster, stronger, louder, and definitely more destructive.  There has been a ...

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Yarn Lifts Us Up

June 25, 2014

I’m running a little late this week, but I do have a wonderful story for you knitters, crocheters, and craftsy folk out there.   A couple of weeks ago, Mary went to the Dominican Republic for a trip organized by Christ Church in Valdosta, Georgia.  The mission trip had three main goals when they arrived ...

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Knits for the Knitter?

June 10, 2014

For the last in our four-part series on yarn, philosophy, and other tricky bits, I bring to the table what may be a divisive topic.  I found it hard to answer decisively.  Maybe you’re not as flighty as I am!   Do you knit for knitters?   I figured this was an easy question for ...

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Let’s Have a Little Chat

June 3, 2014

Well.  This is awkward.   I’ve been meaning to have this talk with you for a while now.  We both know that this has been an undercurrent in our relationship with yarn and needles.  Some of us more so than others.  But we all do it, or have considered doing it.  Some of us even ...

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Shouldn’t I Feel This Way At The End?

May 27, 2014

Continuing the previous post’s theme about knitting and emotions, logic, or lack thereof, I noticed another thing this past week when I was knitting.  I had finished my last project, which I do very much like, but even my affection for it was unmatched by how good it felt to pull out new yarn and ...

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Solving for X

May 13, 2014

I was talking with another knitter on the phone this past weekend.  She had asked about my experiences with a double decrease , something she’s encountering with her most recently cast on project.  (yeah, sometimes I have phone conversations about knitting decreases…I know….oddness abounds)  I told her about my shawl and the decreases on it, ...

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Slow

May 6, 2014

Time has ceased to mean much around here.   I have a funky cold.  Fatigue is a main component of this cold, so much so that I feel like my spirit animal has become the three-toed sloth.  Fatigue and tissues.  Fatigue, and tissues, and sitting around on the couch next to my knitting.  Not knitting ...

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Making More Knitters

April 29, 2014

I’ve had some time lately to watch knitters interacting.  I’ve been struck by the sheer enjoyment knitters get from teaching others about knitting.  This extends to needle felting, crocheting, and probably macrame, but I’m particularly struck by the patience and enthusiasm shown when one knitter is teaching another.   This can happen in many different ...

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Life Flight

April 15, 2014

So I’m not knitting on my shawl right now.  I haven’t run out of the blue yarn yet.  And that’s precisely why.  I can’t bear to keep knitting on it only to have the blue run out and then be stuck.  Mid-project.  Worse yet, what if it’s mid-row?  I never thought in a million years ...

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