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by erin on 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 […]


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 […]


Down The Rabbit Hole

by erin on 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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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 […]


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 […]


Tripping Along

by erin on February 12, 2013

Does anyone remember the movie “A Fish Called Wanda”?  Remember Otto and Ken and how well they got along?  Otto, played brilliantly by Kevin Cline, eggs on and torments a stuttering Ken (played by Michael Palin) until finally Ken has had enough.  He is going after Otto, and Otto utters a famous line. “It’s K-k-k-Ken […]


Getting A Little Sentimental Over Here

by erin on January 22, 2013

My son is five years old.  He has been completely gaga over anything that flies since he was two.  He is…shall we say…driven, and spends 98% of each day talking about his passion for airplanes, helicopters, gliders, rockets, and the like.  My husband and I have encouraged this, and I’ve learned to try to find […]

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Happy New Year!

by erin on January 2, 2013

2013.  Can you believe that?  On one hand, yes, another year, onward, go go go.  On the other hand, where the heck are the flying cars we were supposed to be getting around in by now?  I’m a little surprised we haven’t colonized Mars yet.   However, there is always and forever (I hope) the […]


It Is On Like Donkey Kong

by erin on November 27, 2012

Did you all have a nice Thanksgiving?   We sure did.  My son wanted to help in the kitchen, which was very cute and hilarious, since the chopped onions nearby were really bothering him.  He came up with a solution.   Those are my husband’s chemistry lab goggles.  He dug them out of wherever they […]


Quantum Knitting 101

by erin on November 20, 2012

Have you heard of the theory of Infinite Halves?   Maybe it’s not a theory.  Maybe it’s a Law?  Or an Idea?  Or maybe I’m hungry.  I don’t know.   Anyhoo.  This Infinite Halves…concept…is pretty neat to grasp.  You have a distance.  You halve the distance.  Now you have half the distance.  You with me […]


Tiny Violins

by erin on November 13, 2012

I was doing so well.  I had several things going on, looking promising.  I was so sure I was going to have not only a bearded Lumberjack hat photo shoot (I was going to wear my Doc Martens and rock out with my husband’s electric guitar, for Pete’s sakes), but also my son’s black mittens, […]


Some Knits, Some News, And A Story

by erin on September 18, 2012

Well, I jumped the gun last week.  But now, now NOW (!)  the website is up and running.  I think they got Gandalf in there for a day or two to finish up the work (and it is a B-E-A-Utiful site, dontcha think?).  I now put on my fancy clothes when I sit down to […]


A Love Letter To The LYS

by erin on July 17, 2012

I was fortunate to get out of the humidity outside and the crazy young children inside my home this past weekend and collapse in one of the comfy chairs at Yarns Etc. There is something about walking in through the swinging glass door.  Every time, I find myself inhaling and exhaling deeply the moment my foot […]


Veni, Vidi, Steeki.

by erin on December 27, 2011

My friends, I hope you had a wonderful holiday.  Are you still recuperating?  I feel like I am! We had a blast, ate dinner at my sister’s house, and it was my parents first Christmas in Chapel Hill, and my daughter’s first Christmas, too.  A couple of very nice firsts.  Another first?  A knitting first […]


Sweatah Weathah

by erin on November 1, 2011

I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween.  My son went as an airplane, which is different than any other day of the year, when he is an airplane.  If I were Super Mom (or perhaps well-rested) I would have remembered to take a picture of him, but alas, I forgot. We also have had […]

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Process Versus Product

by erin on October 18, 2011

Where do you fall?  Are you about the destination, or the journey?  I have come to the conclusion, slowly, that I am a process knitter.  That is the only sane and logical way I can explain how many dang unfinished objects I have.  I must reeeeealllly like the process.  Yup.  That’s why I have so […]


Six (Or More) Degrees of Separation

by erin on September 6, 2011

I call my mother every day, pretty much, just to keep up with all the exciting things that aren’t really happening for either of us.  We’re not dashing people, constantly on the go, having parties on a whim, and  up until today, I felt pretty reassured that I knew everything there was to know about […]