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The Bee’s Knees

by erin on November 6, 2015

I really really REALLY love crafty people who rise magnificently to a challenge.  I also really love crafty people who don’t even wait to the last minute to rise (magnificently) to said challenge.  People who crank out hats and drop them off at Yarns Etc, for instance, and keep coming back with more hats.  A […]


A Call To Arms to Warm Some Heads

by erin on October 7, 2015

I have the coolest challenge for you knitters and crocheters in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham, Carrboro, Apex, and wherever else you all hail from.  Everybody likes working with yarn, yes?  Anybody feel like throwing the gauntlet down to knit/crochet up some hats for a very good cause?   A friend of Mary’s, Dr. Jeff Berndt, […]


The Cuteness!

by erin on 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

by erin on 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, […]


Knitting Encouragement

by erin on 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 […]



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 […]



by erin on December 17, 2013

My Monday started off like the perfect storm of all Mondays ever.   Sunday night, I was kicking butt and taking names.  I finished a hat for a certain retired Marine grandpa we know and love.  I used  some Rowan Cashsoft DK and really love the color combination, not to mention how soft it is. […]


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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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 […]


Light The Way

by erin on March 12, 2013

This past Christmas I was gifted a wonderful book from my sister.  It had to do with knitting, but not in the usual, instructive way.  This was helpful in an entirely different way.  In fact, it was so helpful it made tears spring into my eyes from how thoughtful the present was, and how I […]


A Knitter’s Timeline

by erin on December 18, 2012

Early February 2007:  Learn to knit from this book. February 2007:  Learn several different ways of how not to bind off stitches whilst screwing up knitting a purse seven times.  In a row. Still manage to fall head over heels in love with knitting despite grinding my teeth while mucking up my knitting in several […]


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 […]



by erin on June 12, 2009

Alas, I STILL have 49 ends to weave! But I have been a busy bee. As you may know Rowan’s Wool Cotton happens to be my favorite yarn for babies, great feel, super colors and washability that doesn’t require a deal with the devil down at the crossroads. With all of that said, it is certainly […]

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by erin on September 18, 2008

This week has been all about finishing for me. One spell of cooler weather and my mind is very  ready to start sharing and wearing wool! Warm, comforting, delightful wool! The first thing I finished was a new hat for my handsome husband, that’s my favorite stripe pattern… as you will soon see. It seems […]

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