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by erin on March 4, 2014

So the Olympics ended last weekend.  Like, the one before last weekend.  I know my grip on the space time continuum is a little shaky sometimes so I figured I’d roll with it.  As a knit-blogger, I’m allowed a little leeway on the Olympic reporting.  It’s not like I’m Bob Costas with an eyeball falling […]


Cutting In On My Knitting Time

by erin on February 11, 2014

This past week has been rather eventful.  None of it was my idea.   For example, it was not my idea that water got spilled into the keyboard of my laptop.  It was not my water and I originally did not have my computer anywhere near the water.  It was a stunning conspiracy including my husband and […]


They’re Tight and They’re White

by erin on January 28, 2014

Mary went out to TNNA a couple of weeks ago.  It’s pretty sweet to go hang out with all the Knitterati, I imagine.  She saw amazing,  new, trendy things.   . . Check out those Regia socks!  That is totally a party for your feet. . . . . Here’s a new yarn from Classic […]


Going Slower So I Can Go Faster

by erin on January 14, 2014

When Stephanie Pearl-McPhee came to visit Chapel Hill and Raleigh, I got to sit in on one of her classes.  It was about knitting for speed and efficiency.   Here is the acid test:  you might be a hard core Knitter if you thought, “dang, sorry I missed that.”   The class was brilliant (I […]


Don’t Be Stupid! Take My Socks!

by erin on January 7, 2014

It’s so cold that you could lick something and be thstuck.  My sister in Chicago had to deal with a -40 windchill earlier this week.  I can’t fathom what that would feel like…probably something like dear-God-get-back-inside-before-your-lungs-freeze kind of cold.  Last night I stepped out on the front porch in my pajamas and bare feet, kind […]


Warm Woolen Mittens

by erin on December 31, 2013

I hope you all had a really excellent holiday season.  We’re still full steam ahead over here, since we have more family coming in from out of town.  The new year is about to commence, and I’ve still got two things on the needles that need finishing up before I’m done with all that kooky […]

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You Had To Be There

by erin on December 10, 2013

I…so.  This past weekend…it just…I…yeah.   My brain has been blown wide open in the best way with all kinds of crazy fun.  This weekend was chock full of firsts.   First, this is the first time I’ve been a part of large gathering of knitters.  Does that make it my first first?  Can I […]


Get Ready To Gather

by erin on December 3, 2013

It’s that time of year again.  The gloves are off.  Or are they on…your needles?  Ba dum dum.  I’ll be here all week, folks.   Yeeeeeah.  Welcome to Go Time.  Welcome to the Challenge.  Welcome to that time of year that makes the Ravellenic Games look like a weekend fling in Paris.  Welcome to the […]


Hard to See the Forest for the Trees

by erin on November 26, 2013

I wanted to start by saying how much I love that everybody is as excited by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s visit as I am.  Seeing everybody chattering in the comments has been lovely.  I can’t wait to see us all in action when we get our party on in a couple of weeks!!   I’m knitting up […]


A Little Poem

by erin on November 19, 2013

  Listen my knitters and you shall hear Of how we got the Yarn Harlot to come here On the Sixth of December, in Two Thousand Thirteen; She will give us a talk with a witty gleam It makes my knitting self give a cheer! Ok ok ok, so it’s not the Midnight Ride of […]

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by erin on November 12, 2013

I have news.  I have such news for you.  This is the kind of news where your hand grabs your cell phone and you are calling your other knitter friends and freaking the frak out while you’re reading this post.   That kind of news.   Let me start with a little story.   I […]


New Yarn and Norwegian Mittens

by erin on November 5, 2013

I was going along last week, minding my own business, when I was felled by a particularly nasty chest cold.  I tried to carry on, but I ended up waving a white flag and crawling into bed where I hacked for a few days in a row. I became very close friends with Vicks VapoRub […]


It’s a Whopper

by erin on October 22, 2013

I finished my cowl.     I know.  I’m amazed, too.   I’m used to falling in love with these largish knitting projects (Hello Blue Blankie?) and having them languish for months like that time I had mono in college.  But this?  This fantastic floppy tube of awesome?  D-d-d-done!  Shazam.     This is Honey […]


Two Pronged Approach

by erin on October 8, 2013

I’m going to try something new this season.  I know Christmas is 77 days away.  Every year I play mind games with myself, thinking I have loads of time, hence why start knitting now?  Heck, in fact, why don’t I cast on for some kind of stranded knitting sweater knit in fingering weight while I’m […]


A Chicken, Kittens, and Mittens

by erin on September 24, 2013

There are times in my life where I’m convinced that Groucho Marx is running things here on Earth from his place in the heavens.  I can usually “find the funny” in almost every situation, and then there are times where I am stunned by the ridiculously random way things fall into my lap…   or […]


Do You Hear That?

by erin on August 27, 2013

Nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  Nada.  Zilch.   My son is at school, my daughter is still sleeping.  I’m sitting here, cup of coffee on hand, talking to you about knitting.   SWEET!   I had been knitting along on the Mackinac tank and feeling confident (strike 1) that I would be done with the back at […]


It’s a Blur

by erin on August 13, 2013

This past week has been very busy on the family front.  We went to the North Carolina Zoo and I got snap-happy with my camera.  We were there for five hours, and this is my favorite shot.     We’ve also been to the Museum of Life and Science, another of our favorite stomping grounds. […]

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Where Did The Week Go?

by erin on August 6, 2013

Normally, I am a contented woman after posting to the blog.  It’s a satisfying thing to check off my to-do list, and I love doing it.  In addition to this, I know I have a week to knit and work on the next thing in order to take pictures and post a new blog post […]


Well, this is awkward. And awesome.

by erin on July 2, 2013

This is getting a little ridiculous, I know.  I’m sorry, everybody.  I seem to be under a spell.     I’m…uh…well…um…still knitting on the blanket.  Yeah.  Sorry.  Blue blue blue blue purple.  That’s all it takes.  I’m still totally stuck on it.  I loooooove it.   Are you ready to snatch me baldheaded yet?  I […]


The Numbers Are Starting To Add Up

by erin on June 25, 2013

I have a shocker for you.     I am still knitting on my log cabin blanket like a fiend.  I am slightly concerned that perhaps my affection for it has crossed the line into obsession.  I am knitting on it when I am drinking my coffee in the morning, when I hit the 3 […]


The Very Definition Of Devotion

by erin on June 11, 2013

One thing I really love about garter stitch is that it is all knitting, every stitch, every row.  Why do I love that?  Because I can knit without looking at my hands all the time.  So then I can knit at any point of my day, regardless of what is going on around me–watching a […]