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Back on the Rails

by erin on April 29, 2016

Do you remember when I messed up my Stripes Gone Crazy cardigan?  Twice?   Me too.  I couldn’t bring myself to fix it yet again, and then the perfect day presented itself:     This is not fun, I have to say.  Pulling the circular needle out of something, especially something lightweight like fingering weight […]


Pounding My Head Into The Carpet

by erin on April 13, 2016

There are times when I feel I have enough command of the English language to communicate effectively with others.  Then I end up spouting off all manner of words that make no sense, usually while trying to explain something to my kids (or better yet/worse yet, my husband), and the looks they give me make […]


I Tried Googling It

by erin on March 14, 2016

I’ve been in love with my Tosh Merino Light this past week, working on my Stripes Gone Crazy sweater.  It’s fingering weight, so it goes without saying that it takes a lot of knitting to make something that will fit a body part, and a lot of stitches to amount to anything appreciable at all. […]


A Riot of Color

by erin on March 4, 2016

The sun is coming back, and the temperatures are (mostly) climbing, and these fantastic craft bags just came in!  They are seriously cute!     They are so cute, maybe they shouldn’t just be for knitting!  I think they’d make a cute overnight bag or purse as well!     Meanwhile, I have trudged through […]


  Madeline Tosh has hit the stores.       I couldn’t get in there fast enough.   I may have gotten some.       Words fail me because it’s Mad Tosh.  Mad Tosh Merino Light and Sock, to be precise.     A picture’s worth a thousand words anyway, right?  


Summer Is Coming

by erin on May 27, 2015

Anyone ever watch Game of Thrones?  Who am I kidding?!  I know there’s a bunch of people out there who know all about the different houses in that show, and their mottos.  Especially the Stark motto:  Winter Is Coming.  I can sympathize.  Except instead of fearing the snows that are deep enough to bury houses and […]


Green for Spring, Blue for Summer

by erin on 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 […]


Reward Knitting

by erin on 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 […]


Not So Good At Selfies

by erin on 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 […]



by erin on 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 […]


In Defense of Knitting Polygamy

by erin on July 29, 2014

I tried really hard to just knit on one project.  My time for knitting has been scarcer than hen’s teeth this summer.  I was worried that I would end up bogged down in too many projects to show you anything worth a clothes moth’s sneeze if I didn’t rein in my polygamous knitting nature and […]

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Solving for X

by erin on 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, […]


Spring Break

by erin on April 1, 2014

We’re in the thick of Spring Break here at home, but I finished the mitered square blanket.   BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  April Fools!  Shuh, this is me, the addlebrained knitter, you’re talking about.  I did wash and block the squares.  That was fun and rather satisfying.  It’s always enjoyable to block a knit.         […]

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by erin on March 18, 2014

Well.  I just don’t know what to tell you all.  Bits of ice are falling from the sky.  There’s a three-hour delay for school today.  I feel like busting out  The Long Winter and reading it to the kids.  Of course it’s not really that bad–no blizzards, and spring really is in sight.  The frozen […]

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by erin on February 18, 2014

Can you believe the amazing snow we got???   .. That was a heck of a thing!  I hope you all made it through with a minimum of fuss and disaster.  We were very fortunate to all be home and safe before the first flurry flew.  Ha, try to say that three times fast! What […]



by erin on August 15, 2013

It was a regular morning, and I was struggling to get the kids out the door to run an errand when I got a phone call.   It was from my bestie DJ from Yarns etc and she said, “Two words…Madtosh Sock.”   “C’MON WE GOTTA GO!” I started yelling up the stairs to the […]


Some Hits and Maybe A Miss

by erin on March 26, 2013

I am so OVER this weather!!!   Ahem.   Ok.  Sorry.  Just had to get that out there.  I figure I’m not the only one, right?  I like fall and winter, I really do.  It’s when this knitter in the South gets to shine.  The rest of the  year, especially during that soupy, steamy season […]


Life Savers

by erin on January 15, 2013

It is a wonderful gift from the universe that I love knitting as much as I do.   I didn’t learn to knit until after my son was born.  I credit knitting with keeping my life (a life with two vibrant young children galloping in 63 different directions at once) from running off the rails.  […]


Pay the Piper

by erin on January 8, 2013

I don’t know about you all out there in the real world, but I still feel like I am coming down off of the crazy train that is the holidays.  At this point, it’s more of a holidaze than anything else.   I had this big shindig I went to on New Year’s Eve.  It […]


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 […]